Professor Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Ph.D. Family and Child Development (1996)
College of Human Resources
M.A.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction (1983)
College of Education
B.S. Elementary Education (1978)
University of Virginia at Wise
Dr. Dorothy Sluss spent fourteen years teaching young children in the public schools of Virginia. After completing her graduate studies at Virginia Tech, she spent the next decade providing professional development for pre-service and in-service teachers in a variety of roles and settings. She has authored numerous articles and published three books including, Supporting Play: Birth to Age Eight, and Investigating Play in the Twenty-First Century, and Supporting Play: Curriculum, Environments, and Assessment. She is Past President of The Association for the Study of Play, and recipient of the Brian Sutton Smith Award for Lifetime Achievements in play research. She serves as a board member of the International Play Association, and is President of the Association of Teacher Educators in Virginia. When she is not teaching, she enjoys sewing, reading, music, and her family.