Assistant Dean & Director of the Center for Diversity in Engineering
University of Virginia
As director of the U.Va. Center for Diversity in Engineering, Vallas is charged with providing overall administration and strategic planning to facilitate the development and implementation of academic programs, services and activities to increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in engineering. The Center for Diversity in Engineering does this by attracting underrepresented students to the Engineering School and supporting them with programs and activities.
Vallas has expertise in development and implementation of programs and services in the area of student services and academic services at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has more than 20 years of experience working with diverse populations, including students with physical and learning disabilities. Her experience also includes academic program development, personnel training, financial aid, admissions, career counseling, strategic planning, fund raising and grant writing.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Seattle University and a Master of Science degree in psychology/school counseling from California State University, Fullerton.