Eugene  Roche

Executive Professor

Office: 3094
Phone: (757) 221 - 1879
Email: [[earoch]]
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Twitter: {{,@generoche}}
Areas of Expertise: Lifework Design, Educational Technology, Action Research, Adult Learning, Self-Directed Learning, Innovation and Personal Productivity, Data-Driven Decision-Making, Design Thinking, Project Management


Gene Roche is executive professor of higher education and faculty fellow at the Center for Innovation in Learning Design (CILD). His current project at CILD is a multiyear interdisciplinary study exploring the use of self-directed professional development to foster innovation and support personal productivity among college and university administrators.

He currently teaches courses in Data-Driven Decision-Making, Action Research, Educational Planning, Adult Education, and Emerging Technology. His research interests focus on understanding advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, deep learning and the "Internet of Things" and how those technologies will impact the workplace and educational institutions of the next generation. As part of that research, he works with individual practitioners and groups to develop self-directed career and lifework designs that respond to dramatic technological and societal change.

Before moving to the School of Education in a full-time faculty position, Gene served at William & Mary as the director of communications and organizational development and director of academic information services for the IT organization for 15 years, and as director of University E-Learning Initiatives for two years. As part of his e-learning responsibilities, he worked extensively with faculty at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business in designing the university's first fully online masters program.

Gene completed his AB degree at Hamilton College and his MS and EdD degrees at Syracuse University—all in the snow belt of upstate New York. Before coming to William & Mary, he was the director of career services at Hamilton College and taught in graduate programs in adult education at Syracuse University and Elmira College.


Ed.D in Adult Education, Syracuse University, 1990
M.S. in Adult Education, Syracuse University, 1984
A.B. in English, Hamilton College, 1972