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Christine S. Powell

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  • Ph.D. in Education, Special Education and Disability Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University (May 2022)
  • M.S. in Education, Special Education & General Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.S. in Psychology, minor in nonprofit management, Virginia Commonwealth University

Line of Research

My research agenda focuses on licensure and retention outcomes of minoritized special education teachers to improve the overall supply and demand of teachers entering the field through an alternative route.

Research and Scholarship

  • Scott, L.A., Brown, A., Wallace, W., Powell, C., & Cormier, C. (2020). If We’re Not Doing It, Then Who? A Qualitative Study of Black Special Educators’ Persistence. Exceptionality.
  • Brendli, K., Scott, L.A., Taylor, J., Ruiz, A., Powell, C., & Mehtaji. M., (Under Review). Won’t Stop, Can’t Stop: Alternative Route to Licensure Special Education Teachers’ Persistence in their Careers. Action in Teacher Education.
  • Scott, L.A., Powell, C., Olubowale, E., & Cormier, C. (Under Review). Complementary Review of the Literature on Special Education Teachers of Color’s Attrition and Retention Pattern: What We Know and How We Move Forward. Multiple Voices.
  • Scott, L.A., Powell., C., Bruno, Lauren, Cormier, C., Hall, K., Padhye, I., Taylor. J., & Vitullo, V. (Under Review). The Other Fifty Percent: Expression from Special Education Teachers about Why They Persist in the Profession. Teacher Education and Special Education.


Christine Powell is a doctoral student in the Special Education and Disability Leadership program at the VCU School of Education. She works as a program assistant with the Minority Educator, Recruitment, Retention and Equity Center, and a graduate research assistant for the Department of Counseling and Special Education. As a former Richmond Teacher Resident, she served as a special educator in Richmond City Public Schools. She is dedicated to improving student outcomes by supporting teachers who choose an alternative pathway to licensure.

What does the Holmes Scholars program mean to you?

The Holmes Scholars program means that I will have access to resources and opportunities to connect with diverse doctoral scholars from VCU and other universities. The Holmes program will provide tools to strengthen my research and academic writing skills while also expanding my professional networks, thus helping me reach my professional goals.

Curriculum Vitae


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