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Dr. Dana Rose


Room A007, Peters Hall

Dr. Dana Gregory Rose is an Associate Professor and the current Program Area Leader for the Elementary Education Program. She holds a Masters Degree in Reading from George Peabody College for Teachers, now of Vanderbilt University and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Rose has taught undergraduate and graduate courses that include topics such as language arts, content area reading, evidence-based instructional strategies, multicultural education, positive classroom environments, culturally responsive teaching, co-teaching, Universal Design for Learning, and social justice.  She supervises RU teacher candidates during their Early Field and Student Teaching fieldwork and has developed a long-term partnership relationship with Montgomery County Public Schools. In these schools, her RU teacher candidates are immersed in the school setting for an entire year.

Since 2006, Dr. Rose and a Special Education faculty member have co-supervised senior-level Elementary and Special Education candidates who are co-placed in a common classroom with the purpose of providing high-quality instruction for all students including all learner variability.

Dr. Rose chairs the RU McGlothlin Celebration of Teaching Planning Committee. This committee, with stakeholders from The McGlothlin Foundation, Blue Ridge PBS, and Radford University Foundation, plans and executes an annual event during which two winners of The McGlothlin Award for Teaching Excellence are announced.


Recent keynote speakers for the event include Coach Carter, Henry Winkler, star of the television series Happy Days and author of the Hank Zipzer children’s book series, and Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys.

Dr. Rose is most proud of the work she does in mentoring teacher candidates during their final year in the Elementary Education Program. She prepares her teacher candidates to create inclusive classrooms grounded in evidence-based practices. She is always eager to hear about her graduates’ successes in their first classrooms across the United States and beyond.

Courses Taught:

EDUC 304: Foundations of Teaching the Language Arts

EDUC 425:  Curriculum, Instruction, and Teaching:  Social Studies Connections 

EDUC 430: Creating a Community of Learners

EDUC 450: Student Teaching

EDRD 630: Content Area Reading

EDUC 670: Multicultural Education