Donald E. Finn, Jr., Ph.D.
Dean, Department Chair, & Associate Professor

Dean Don Finn


Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
M.S.Ed., Radford University
B.S.Ed., Radford University

Research Interests

Digital technologies in education
Effective instructional methodologies in the online setting
Methods for instructing a wide variety of learners


Dr. Finn has been a School of Education faculty member since 2006 and assumed the role of Dean in July 2015. Specializing in Adult Education, he has been an educator for over 24 years and possesses a current Virginia license in secondary education. Dr. Finn earned his B.S. in Secondary Education, Social Sciences concentration and his M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with an Adult Education concentration from Radford University. He taught 7th through 12th grade social studies in Montgomery County, Virginia before accepting a position in 1999 to provide statewide leadership through the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center located at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). While at the VCU School of Education, he served as a collateral faculty member, a grant and project coordinator and instructor. He earned his Ph.D. in Adult Education and Organizational Learning from VCU in 2005.

His service has included leadership at the state and national levels as president of the Virginia Association for Adult & Continuing Education (VAACE) and various appointed roles, and as an elected board member for the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE). His COABE service includes two years as a regional representative, twice as national conference chairman, and is currently the Secretary to the board. He has been a textbook consultant, an article reviewer for select journals, and a consultant to adult education programs in Virginia and other states. Dr. Finn has served on various Regent University committees including chairing the university Curriculum and Instruction Review Committee (CIRC), faculty senator, chair of the School of Education Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program, and the Masters of Curriculum & Instruction (M.Ed.) program. He was named the School of Education Outstanding Faculty Member in 2010, VAACE Outstanding Adult Education Leader in 2013, and received the 2014 VAACE President's Award for outstanding service.

Dr. Finn has authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters about effective instructional practices for adult learners, university professors, and other diverse learners.

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Contact Information

Regent University School of Education
1000 Regent University Drive, ADM 207
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
757.352.4278, FAX 757.352.4318


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