Valerie Martin Conley, PhD

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Valerie Martin Conley, PhD

Dean and Professor
Leadership, Research, and Foundations
COLU 3023

Biographical Information

Dr. Valerie Martin Conley is the Dean of the College of Education. She is a nationally recognized University administrator, higher education researcher, author, and professor of 27 years. She holds the M.A. and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Virginia, and the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech. She served as Chair for the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at Ohio University where she also taught courses on institutional research, assessment, management of higher education and policy. She has extensive experience in university administration, research, and private industry. Dean Conley has specialized in quantitative applications for educational policy and research, drawing upon her experience as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). A former institutional researcher, she has served on the board of directors for the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and chaired the association's Higher Education Data Policy Committee. In June 2007, she received the Ohio University Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award.


  • Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Virginia Tech
  • M.A. Sociology, University of Virginia
  • B.A. Sociology, University of Virginia


  • Council of Scholars, National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, 2014 - Present   
  • Commencement Speaker, Ohio University, Athens, June 2007 
  • Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member, Ohio University, 2006 - 2007 
  • Research Fellow, TIAA-CREF Institute, New York, 2006 - Present 
  • Phi Kappa Phi, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA, 2002 
  • Alpha Kappa Delta, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA, 1987