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Hilda Rosselli - Bio


          After completing an undergraduate degree at Florida Southern College, I began my career as a middle school teacher in Florida where together with my students we re-enacted trials, developed and excavated archeological digs, created animated films, published a poetry book, emulated John Steinbeck’s writing style, and sponsored an Invention Convention.

          After earning a Master's Degree in Gifted Education, I soon realized that I wanted to help other teachers make school an exciting place to learn. So it wasn't long before I returned to graduate school to pursue a doctorate at the University of South Florida. While there I began teaching at the university level and directing Governor's Summer Programs, residential summer camps that focused on leadership development for middle school and high school students.

          After accepting a faculty position at USF, I was offered the chance to develop a Professional Development School for the College of Education. This gave me the chance to spend hundreds of hours at a local middle school where I supervised student teachers, taught both preservice and inservice courses at the school and worked with the school staff to implement various school improvement projects and studies. While at USF I also coordinated a master's degree program, served as the Director of the College of Education Honor's program and eventually was appointed Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs and then Associate Dean for Teacher Education.

          In 2002, I accepted my current position as Dean of the College of Education at Western Oregon University and drove across the United States with three cats, following the Oregon Trail, and listening to the adventures of Lewis and Clark on tape. I am delighted to have become an Oregonian and have developed new hobbies that include hiking, snowshoeing, and photographing sneaker waves on the Coast.

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