Edward Polloway, EdD

Dean, Graduate Studies
Vice President for Community Advancement
Rosel H. Schewel Distinguished Professor of Education
Editor, Lynchburg College Journal of Special Education

Ed Polloway


Experience/Background in Education

Dr. Polloway has taught at Lynchburg College since 1976. He has also had several prior administrative positions, including Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Education and Human Development.

Prior to coming to Lynchburg College, he was a public school teacher. He has served as project director for a series of state and federal grants in the area of personnel preparation in special education, served two terms as President of the Division on Developmental Disabilities (DADD) of the Council for Exceptional Children (international), and served on the Board of Trustees for the Council for Learning Disabilities (international).

He has been recognized with several awards including the Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award from DADD, the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, the humanitarian award from the national conference for community and Justice (Virginia Council for inclusive communities), and as a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FAA IDD).

Degrees and Certifications

  • EdD, University of Virginia
  • MEd, University of Virginia
  • BA, Dickinson College

Professional Interests/Research

Dr. Polloway’s professional interests are related to policy issues in the fields of intellectual disabilities (ID) and learning disabilities and curriculum and methodological issues relative to special education in general. He has served on the Committee on Terminology and Classification for the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He currently serves this organization as co-chair of the task force on criminal justice issues and persons with intellectual disabilities. His past research in terms of school issues has included attention to academic instruction in general and to the areas of inclusion as related in particular to homework, grading, and testing.