College of Education

College of Education dean takes state education position

Hilda Rosselli

Dr. Hilda Rosselli

Dr. Hilda Rosselli, dean of Western Oregon University’s College of Education, will assume responsibilities as deputy director of college and career readiness for Dr. Rudy Crew, Oregon’s Chief Education Officer. She has been granted a leave of absence from WOU for the 2012-13 academic year for this opportunity.

Her areas of focus will include teacher recruitment, preparation, and advancement as well as areas related to college and career readiness program initiatives. She will be engaged with other state education leaders at the agency head and deputy level to provide leadership related to governance and policy, best practices, and innovation, equity and partnerships that maximize the synergy that can be drawn from a PK-20 system to achieve Oregon’s Goal of an educated citizenry (40/40/20).

“During the past 10 years, I’ve invested considerable time and energy towards strengthening our educator workforce and enhancing the profession of teaching,” said Rosselli. “Although I will miss working directly with my wonderful colleagues at WOU this year, I am excited to collaborate with Oregon’s Chief Academic Officer on the work that lays ahead. Dr. Rudy Crew has already affirmed the importance he places on the teaching profession as key to the change that our state is undertaking around student success and I embrace my new responsibilities knowing that I can count on the collaboration of colleagues throughout the state to help us achieve Oregon’s 40/40/20 goal.”

WOU President Mark Weiss said, “Not only is this new appointment an honor for Dr. Rosselli, which draws upon her comprehensive work experience in higher education, it is also an honor for Western Oregon University. Our entire university team is confident that she will make a significant impact as we collectively strive to meet Oregon’s goals of an educated citizenry.”

Rosselli has served as the dean of the College of Education at WOU for the past 10 years. Since arriving at WOU she has enhanced the strong reputation that the college’s teacher preparation programs has earned over the years. Rosselli has overseen the addition and enhancement of new academic programs including the American Sign Language interpreting studies degree, the revised majors in exercise science and community health education, and the new Master’s of Interpreting Studies. She has maintained the college’s national accreditation status with CORE and NCATE as well as state accreditation with TSPC.

At WOU, she has collaborated with faculty to develop a faculty mentoring program, a Bilingual Teaching Fellows Program, a college-wide assessment system, a student chapter of ASCD, university/school partnerships in Salem-Keizer and Central School districts, as well as numerous diversity initiatives and professional development opportunities for faculty and students. Of the 34 current tenured and tenure-track faculty in the College of Education, she helped hire 24 new faculty (several of which were new tenure lines due to program growth and development).

Rosselli proudly began her career as a middle school teacher in Florida, recently returning for a time capsule reveal to reconnect with a number of her students from 30 years ago. Prior to arriving in Oregon, she served as associate dean, assistant dean, and director of the College of Education Honors Program at the University of South Florida, where she also was a faculty member in the Department of Special Education and began a network of Professional Development Schools.

She has been an active leader on many state and national committees related to teacher preparation and performance assessment. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and on the NCATE State Partnership Board. Her classroom experience includes early childhood, special education, middle school, and university level teaching. Rosselli has published over 25 referred articles and chapters and has presented at over 100 conferences. She has been the principal investigator on over 1.5 million in grants, and helped raise another 1.5 million in private gifts.

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