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Barbara Driver, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and M.Ed./PMC/Internship Coordinator, Educational LeadershipBarbara Driver, Ph.D. [View Image]


  • Ph.D. in educational policy, planning, and leadership, William & Mary
  • M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.S. in psychology, Nazareth College of Rochester

Research interests

Leadership preparation for assistant principals, principal and teacher discourse that supports teaching effectiveness

Career highlights

  • More than 30 years of experience in PK-12 education
  • More than 10 years of experience in PK-12 administration at the central office level, with a focus on school improvement and program development
  • Six years of experience at VCU in educational leadership, with a focus on curriculum development

Recent publications/projects

  • Led the departmental review of Educational Leadership’s master’s and post-master’s curriculum
  • Coordinated the development of the Puzzles of Practice video series


Dr. Barbara Driver served as a teacher and administrator in public school systems in New York and Virginia for more than 20 years.

In 2002, she was appointed as the director of special education and support services for Henrico County Public Schools, one of the largest school systems in Virginia. During her eight years in that capacity for Henrico County Public Schools, she worked with the community, families and school staff to coordinate services for all students, including a focus on services for students with autism and the introduction of Response to Intervention as a means of intervention delivery.

Since earning her Ph.D. in educational policy, planning, and leadership from William & Mary in 2000, Driver has published in areas related to collaboration and co-teaching, including a recent focus on educational leadership preparation. She has presented regionally and nationally in a variety of areas, including instructional leadership and meeting needs of diverse learners.

After teaching courses for nearly a decade at the undergraduate and graduate level, Driver formally joined the VCU School of Education faculty in 2010. Since joining VCU, she has facilitated the implementation of a U.S Department of Education-funded grant, in partnership with Richmond City Schools, designed to increase student achievement through the successful preparation and retention of principals and assistant principals for leadership positions in high-need schools.

Curriculum Vitae

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