Saundra S. Copeland
Saundra S. Copeland

Saundra S.  Copeland

Associate Professor, Teacher Education
252  Willie and Jacqueline Gilchrist Education and Psychology Complex
Campus Box 868
Phone: (252)335-3337
Fax: (252)335-3554



Dr. Saundra Sellars Copeland is an Associate Professor (tenured) and the Coordinator for the Master of School Administration Program in the School of Education, Psychology, and Graduate Programs at Elizabeth City State University, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. She has been employed as a professor at the university since, August 2002. She was the 2012-2013 first runner-up recipient of the University of North Carolina Governors’ Teacher of the Year Award. She was the 2009-2010 Elizabeth City State University’s Departmental Teacher of the Year (Department of Education), and Chair of the Department of Education from 2005-2009. Dr. Copeland is married to Robert L. Copeland, and they have two grown daughters, and four grandchildren.

Dr. Copeland has been an educator for 42 years. She believes that education is vital to the success of all mankind. Over the years, she has dedicated her professional life to trying to make a positive difference in the lives of others by teaching young children, pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, as well as, working with administrators, parents, and others in diverse communities in the United States and in other countries. In all capacities, Dr. Copeland demonstrates the importance of helping others. She believes that it takes all kinds of people to make this world and that everyone is unique and special.

In addition to her work as a teacher, Dr. Copeland has worked extensively to support children and families in the community. This service includes leadership roles in Early Works, Inc., National Silhouettes of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In 2005, under her leadership, the Portsmouth Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha received the 2005 Economic Development Challenge Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 2006, Dr. Copeland was the recipient of the Safe Harbor Award in recognition of her efforts to improve the lives children and families. That same year, and on behalf of Alpha Kappa Alpha, she received the Stephen H. Clarke Academy Educator Appreciation Award for making a significant difference in the academic and social performance of their students. In 2007, she was a recipient of the Portsmouth Pan-Hellenic Council Incorporated Award for outstanding contributions in the areas of Education, Social, Economical, and Political Empowerment, and also received the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Award for outstanding contributions in Educational Leadership. In 2012, Dr. Copeland was a recipient of the Portsmouth Chapter of Delicados, Incorporated, Black Educators’ Award.

Dr. Copeland is Co-Founder of the Florence H. Lee Scholarship Fund at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Portsmouth, Virginia. This scholarship fund was established more than twenty years ago in honor of her aunt who raised her, the late Florence H. Lee, a retired educator who always emphasized to her and others, the importance of acquiring a college education. Over the life of this scholarship, more than 75 young people have received college scholarships.

Dr. Copeland received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Elizabeth City State University, Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Education, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. She also received the National Principal Mentor Certification K-12 from the National Association of Elementary School Principals.