Shelly Lovelace
Shelly Lovelace

Learning Specialist

Shelly Lovelace joined the Virginia athletics department as a learning specialist in 2012. She coordinates academic support for all student athletes with identified learning needs. Lovelace schedules comprehensive psychoeducational assessments, explains assessment results and works with student athletes to develop strategies for academic success based on identified learning needs and works with UVa's Learning Needs and Evaluation Center (LNEC) to coordinate classroom accommodations.

Prior to joining the athletics department, Lovelace taught multiple special education courses at UVa from 2009 to 2012 as a doctoral student. She is an instructor in UVa's Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC).

Lovelace has presented multiple research projects and poster sessions at national special education conferences, and served as guest reviewer for several special education journals and conferences. She worked as a high school special educator in Pittsylvania County, Va. from 2004 to 2008 as a case manager and classroom teacher for students with disabilities.

Lovelace earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Virginia in 2004. She completed her master's of education, special education from Averett University in 2007. She is currently a doctoral student in special education at Virginia.