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Beth A. Wassell, Ed.D., Associate Professor

Office: Herman D. James Hall 3041

Office Hours: Camden Campus: Mondays, 4:00 - 4:45; Glassboro Campus: Tuesdays, 12:30 - 1:15

Phone Number: 856-256-4500 x3812

E-mail: wassell@rowan.edu

About Beth A. Wassell, Ed.D.

Dr. Beth Wassell received her Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Teaching Learning & Curriculum, her M.A. form the University of Central Florida in Spanish, and her B.A. from Rowan University in Spanish and Secondary Education. She joined the College of Education at Rowan University in 2004 and is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education. She is coordinator for the undergraduate foreign language education program, the graduate level English as a Second Language Certificate of Graduate Study (ESL COGS), and the Bilingual/Bicultural programs. Dr. Wassell teaches a variety of courses related to language teaching and learning and multicultural education. In the past, she has also taught general courses in teacher education and courses in action research. In her nine years at Rowan, she has been named a Wall of Fame honoree for Excellence in Teaching three times.

Dr. Wassell’s research focuses on English Language Learner (ELL) students’ experiences and learning in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics classrooms and other issues related to preparing teachers for work with culturally and linguistically diverse learners. She has published articles in journals such as TESOL Journal, Teaching and Teacher Education, Education and Urban Society, the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, Teacher Education and Practice, and Cultural Studies in Science Education and in 2007, published a book entitled, Infinite Potential: Becoming an urban math and physics teacher. Her current projects include Project G-SPELL (Gender and Science Proficiency for English Language Learners), a large mixed methods study that explores gender and English Language Learner students in urban science middle school classrooms (funded by the National Science Foundation, $525,000 over 4 years). This project has led to numerous conference presentations and publications, and earned an Excellence in Grants Award, New Jersey Department of Education's Higher Education Showcase of Exemplary Practices.

Dr. Wassell regularly provides professional development in the region on methods for teaching ELL students in content area classroom and on effective planning, teaching, and assessment in K-12 world languages. She also works with area districts to develop K-12 curriculum in ESL and world languages and is currently consulting on a project to provide support and professional development to early childhood teachers in Camden County Head Start centers.

Dr. Wassell is active in several international professional organizations, including the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She will serve as an AERA Co-chair for Division K, Section 4: Multicultural, Inclusive, and Social Justice Frameworks for Teaching and Teacher Education in PK-16+ Settings for the 2014-2015 academic year. She has held leadership positions (Vice-Chair and Secretary) in ACTFL's Teacher Development Special Interest Group and has served reviewer for the ACTFL/NCATE review process since 2007. She also regularly reviews for various academic journals, including Education in Urban Society and Foreign Language Annals.

Prior to coming to Rowan, Dr. Wassell taught Spanish as a world language at the elementary and high school levels in Florida and New Jersey and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to adults in Philadelphia.