The Rosel H. Schewel Distinguished Professorship of Education

Dr. Edward A. Polloway, dean of graduate studies, vice president for community advancement, and professor of education and human development at Lynchburg College, was appointed the first Rosel H. Schewel Distinguished Professor in Education and Human Development.

Dr. Polloway was selected for this honor in recognition of his strong commitment to students, exemplary instruction in the classroom, and his emphasis on collaborative research with students. The professorship was established in 2002 by the Schewel and Hoffberger families to honor the contributions of Rosel Hoffberger Schewel ’71 MEd, ’83 Ed.S. to Lynchburg College and the community. A former LC faculty member, Dr. Schewel has been a member of the Lynchburg College Board of Trustees since 1980, serving as chair from 1998-2002. In 2002, the College awarded her an honorary doctorate of education.

“I am deeply honored to have been named the first recipient of this professorship, particularly because of the high regard that I have for Rosel Schewel,” said Dr. Polloway. “I worked with Rosel as a faculty colleague for 17 years in the School of Education and Human Development and have enjoyed continuing both our personal and professional relationship since her ‘retirement’ from Lynchburg College. There is no single individual of whom I am aware who has done more for so many aspects of the Lynchburg area’s quality of life,” he added.

A leader in the field of intellectual and learning disabilities for more than 30 years, Dr. Polloway has written more than 90 articles for leading professional journals including “Exceptional Children,” “American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities” (AJIDD formerly AJMR), “Education and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities,” and “The Journal of Special Education.”

As part of a 5-year nationally-funded collaborative project with Lynchburg College and Northern Illinois University, Dr. Polloway co-authored 12 articles related to homework, classroom testing, and grading as it related to students with disabilities in general education classrooms.

The co-author of numerous books on teaching students with special needs, Dr. Polloway’s work is used nationwide for textbooks and other resources. These include the fourth edition of Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings (Allyn and Bacon), the third edition of Language Instruction for Students with Disabilities (Love Publishing), and Strategies for Teaching Learners with Special Needs (Prentice Hall/Merrill), which is one of the most commonly adopted methods textbooks in the country. He is currently working on the ninth edition of this book. In addition, he has co-authored the books Learning Disabilities in Adults and Best Practices in Mental Retardation, as well as a manual, Behavioral Intervention Planning, a training guide with CD-ROM that provides educators with a systematic approach to meeting federal law.

In 2002, Dr. Polloway delivered the Distinguished Lecture of the Council for Learning Disabilities, having served as a member of the organization's Board of Trustees. Twice the past president of the Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Dr. Polloway was the recipient of the organization's 1998 Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Polloway joined the faculty of Lynchburg College in 1976, where he has held positions as associate dean of the college, dean of the School of Education and Human Development, co-director of the college’s Center for Family Studies and Educational Advancement, and coordinator of the 8 Centers of Lynchburg College. He has been successful in obtaining numerous grants for the College through his involvement in the development of external grant proposals. He is a 2-time recipient of the College’s James A. Huston Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

Dr. Polloway holds the EdD and MEd degrees from the University of Virginia and a B. A. from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.