NEWPORT, R.I. – Martha McCann Rose, professor of education and dean of Salve Regina’s Class of 2017 will present the keynote address when the university community gathers on Tuesday, Sept. 3 to celebrate Convocation.
The annual ceremony, which serves as a welcome to the university’s new students and officially opens the academic year, will begin with a procession at 2 p.m. followed by the Convocation program at 3 p.m. on the lawn of Wakehurst Student Center, Ochre Point Avenue. The public is welcome.
The ceremony will include the inauguration of Student Government officers, and university President Jane Gerety, R.S.M., will offer remarks.
Rose began her career as a high school teacher in Providence after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English education from Providence College in 1979. Prior to her arrival at Salve Regina in 2005, she served in a variety of instructional and administrative roles during 21 years at Johnson & Wales University (JWU).
As part of the JWU learning community, Rose served as English professor, director of the Program of Assisted Studies, and professor in the master’s and doctoral degree programs at the School of Education. The founding Dean of JWU’s School of Education, Dr. Rose earned several awards there, including the Professional Development Award and Teacher of the Year.
Rose earned a master’s degree in special education from Providence College in 1991 and a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Connecticut in 1997.
When the opportunity to teach at Salve Regina University arose in 2005, Rose eagerly took the position, citing her desire to teach at a faith-based institution, her connection to the university’s mission and her love of its beautiful campus. At Salve Regina, she has served as a professor and chair of the Department of Education. She is currently a faculty fellow for the Pell Center of International Relations and Public Policy.
Rose has traveled with students to Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge, England, where she facilitated professional development for special educators from Dehra Dun, India. She has given presentations around the country and has been widely published as the author of numerous articles on education.
Over the course of her career she has, in her own words, “written a bit, presented often, and learned much.”