Gail E. Lovette

Assistant Professor; Research Faculty


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2014
  • M.A., The George Washington University, 2006
  • B.S., State University of New York College at Geneseo, 2000

Gail E. Lovette, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor, Research Faculty in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education (CISE) and core faculty in the Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative.  Her research interests focus on the preparation of teachers and administrators in literacy development, instructional leadership in literacy, and preventing and remediating reading difficulties and disabilities.  Most recently, Dr. Lovette served as the Director of Turnaround Projects and led partnerships funded through federal School Improvement Grants between CISE and several persistently low achieving elementary schools across Virginia.  The focus of these partnerships was to build instructional and leadership capacity in literacy and numeracy development and instruction, school and classroom climate, and collaborative leadership with the goal of sustainably increasing student achievement.  She teaches graduate courses for preservice and in-service reading specialists, classroom teachers, and special education teachers in reading assessment, instruction, and remediation.  Additionally, Dr. Lovette has served in clinical roles at the McGuffey Reading Center at the University of Virginia and has experience with the assessment and intervention of readers from preschool through adulthood.  She was a teacher and administrator in Title 1 public schools for over a decade and holds current licensure in Virginia as a K-12 school administrator, Reading Specialist, ESOL teacher, and K-6 elementary teacher.