Stephanie Rowley

Dean; William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Education


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1997
  • M.A., University of Virginia, 1995
  • B.A., The University of Michigan, 1992

An accomplished educator and leader, Stephanie Rowley, Ph.D., has dedicated her career to teaching and mentoring with a deep commitment to student and organizational success. Rowley joined the University of Virginia in July 2022 from Teachers College, where she served as Provost, Dean, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Her many accomplishments at Teachers College included advancing research and teaching support for faculty, advancing interdisciplinary collaboration, and strengthening graduate student life and development.

Rowley’s research explores how parents’ attitudes toward race and gender, and their own social experiences influence their children’s motivation in school. Most recently, she undertook a longitudinal study of African American parents’ beliefs about STEM disciplines and how those beliefs affect middle school youth. Her work has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation.

She began her career as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina in 1997, and in 2000 Rowley joined the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychology.  Nationally, she currently serves on the Governing Council for the Society for Research and Child Development and the Ethics Committee of the American Education Research Association. Rowley has won numerous awards for her research, teaching, service, and mentorship. Among her most valued awards have been those received for her outstanding mentoring of students.