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Beth A. Wassell, Ed.D., Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education

Office: Herman D. James Hall 2017

Office Hours: Monday 10:00-12:00 and by appointment

Phone Number: 856-256-4754


About Beth A. Wassell, Ed.D.

Dr. Beth Wassell received an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Teaching Learning & Curriculum, an M.A. from the University of Central Florida in Spanish, a graduate certificate in TESOL from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. from Rowan University in Spanish and Secondary Education. She joined the College of Education at Rowan University in 2004 and is Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Education. She is currently coordinator for the undergraduate world language education program, the graduate level English as a Second Language Certificate of Graduate Study (ESL COGS) program, and the Bilingual/Bicultural program. Dr. Wassell teaches a variety of courses related to language teaching and learning and multicultural education.

Dr. Wassell’s research focuses broadly on three areas: the intersection of linguistically diverse families, communities and teacher education; bilingual students’ experiences and learning in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classrooms; and other issues related to world language teacher education and 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. Her most recent book, Words & Actions: Teaching World Languages through the Lens of Social Justice, co-authored with Cassandra Glynn and Pamela Wesely, was published in 2014 by ACTFL. She also regularly provides consulting and professional development for in-service teachers in the region.

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. You can access her Curriculum Vitae here