Joe Bouchelle is the Co-director of the Teacher Education Program and associate professor of education at Southern Virginia University.
He joined Southern Virginia University in 1997 and has served the university as an instructor of English and education, soccer coach, admissions officer, registrar, associate dean of students, Dean of Students and now in his current capacities. His women’s soccer team won the national small college championship in 1999, and he was named national coach of the year.
Bouchelle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the Virginia Military Institute in 1982. After serving in the United States Army for four years and attaining the rank of captain, he and his family moved to Seoul, Korea, where he taught and coached for three years at Seoul International School. There, he was inducted into the honorary teaching fraternity, Phi Delta Kappa. In 1989, his family returned to Va., where he taught at Fork Union Military Academy. While at Fork Union, he earned a master’s degree in English education from the University of Virginia.
In 1990, he was a fellow at the Central Virginia Writing Project. In 1996, he received the Lily Dabney Scholarship for the summer program in English Literature at Oxford University. He is a member of Sigma Tau Delta and Omicron Delta Kappa, international honor societies. In 1998-99, he led Southern Virginia’s exchange program with Liaoning Normal University in Dalian, China. He has since returned to China many times leading study abroad programs.
He also completed a doctorate in higher education at the University of Virginia. His research interests are spirituality and leadership in higher education. In 2013, Bouchelle received the Ed and Chieko Okazaki Distinguished Service Award from Southern Virginia. He is active in community affairs and serves as a board member of the Rockbridge Area Relief Association (RARA). He and his wife Sharlet have four wonderful children; of which two are proud Southern Virginia graduates.
B.A., Virginia Military Institute, 1982; M.Ed., University of Virginia, 1997; Ed. D. University of Virginia, 2016.
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