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Ruth Rohlwing

Ruth RohlwingAssociate Professor and Department Chair


Areas of Specialization and Research Interests

Literacy, Urban Education, Adult Learning, and Professional Development


Dr. Rohlwing earned an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from West Virginia University and an Ed.D. in reading from Northern Illinois University. As an elementary teacher with 20 years of classroom experience in rural, suburban and high-needs urban schools, she brings varied experiences in working with children and teachers.

Ruth Rohlwing has presented on literacy and the understanding of adult learners in professional development at conferences, workshops and inservices at the local, state and national levels. Her experience in higher education includes West Virginia University, Glenville State University and Concordia University Chicago. She has been on the faculty of Saint Xavier University since 2007.

At Saint Xavier University, Dr. Rohlwing currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary and middle level initial licensure programs. As the Chair of the Department Education, she oversees course scheduling, adjunct instructors, special contracts, and faculty loads.

Courses Taught

Advanced Programs

Initial Licensure

Selected Publications

Rohlwing, R., & Spelman, M. (2014). Characteristics of adult learning: Implications for the design and implementation of professional development programs. In L. Martin, S. Kragler, K. Bauserman, & D. Quatroche (Eds.), Handbook of professional development in education.

Rohlwing, R., & Leli, C. (2012). Applying concepts of adult learning to professional development & coaching models. Florida Reading Journal.

Spelman, M., & Rohlwing, R. (2012). An examination of adult learning: Three illustrative case studies of urban teachers in a long-term professional development program. Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching.

Selected Honors