Lacey E. Seaton, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor, M.Ed./PMC Coordinator, Educational Leadership

Lacey E. Seaton, Ed.D.


  • Ed.D. in education administration and supervision, North Carolina State University
  • M.S.A. in educational leadership, North Carolina State University
  • B.A. in adapted special education, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Research interests

Research interests include educational leadership, equity and justice in education, the inclusion of students with disabilities in the total school environment, access of students who have been systematically oppressed, and disproportionality that plagues discipline policies.

Career highlights

UCEA David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar Fellowship, Wilcox-Hodnett Doctoral Fellowship, Northeast Leadership Academy Fellow

Recent publications

  • Fusarelli, L.D., Seaton, L.E., & Smith, C. (2022). School administration and classroom management. In E. Sabornie & D. Espelage (Eds.), Handbook of Classroom Management: Research, Practice, and Issues. (3rd ed., pp.271-287). Routledge.
  • Drake, T.A., Ivey, L., & Seaton, L.E. (2021). Principal candidates' reflective learning during a full-time internship. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, Online First, 1-21.
  • Egalite, A.J., Fusarelli, L.D., Seaton, L.E., & Stallings, T. (2020). Early adopters: Private school leaders respond to the introduction of targeted school vouchers. International Journal of Educational Reform, 29 (2), 123-151.
  • Fusarelli, B.C., Fusarelli, L.D., Seaton, L.E., & VanGorder, A. (2019). Who’s in charge? A state-level analysis of leadership preparation. In A. Danzig & B. Black (Eds.), Who Controls the Preparation of Education Administrators? (pp. 107-133). Information Age Publishing.


Dr. Seaton currently serves as the program coordinator for the Post Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership; the Master of Education with concentrations in Leadership Studies, Culturally Responsive Leadership, and Higher Education; and the Graduate Certificate in Culturally Responsive Leadership programs. She also serves as the director of the Educational Leadership Advisory Board at VCU which is composed of diverse P-20 leaders throughout the state aimed at anticipating the learning needs of aspiring educational leaders. Dr. Seaton's deep commitment to DEI work and social justice in education is illustrated in, among other work, her dissertation on Principals’ Understanding of Equity and Social Justice Practices in Education and her book chapter for the Handbook of Classroom Management, which highlights racial inequities from ineffective classroom management and the role of the school leader in combating such disparities. Recently, she taught Equity and Leadership, Principles of Professional Writing II, and School Law. Prior to her roles in higher education, Dr. Seaton was a principal resident, assistant principal, and an exceptional children’s teacher in North Carolina public schools.

Curriculum Vitae

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