Meet Our Faculty

Ruth Rohlwing, Ed.D.

Ruth RohlwingAssociate Professor, Graduate Reading Program

Email: rohlwing@sxu.edu

Areas of Specialization & Research Interests

Literacy, Urban Education, Literacy Coaching, 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 teaches undergraduate and graduate reading courses at on-campus and off-campus locations to candidates in the undergraduate initial certification program, the Reading Specialist Program, and the online Individualized Program in reading. She serves as codirector in the Opening Doors to All Big Shoulders’ Grant where the focus is on literacy and assessment in four high-needs, urban, elementary Catholic schools. Currently, Dr. Rohlwing serves as Program Leader for the Graduate Reading Program.

Courses Offered

Selected Publications

Rohlwing, R., & Spelman, M. (in press). 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

Marshall University’s Governor’s School for the Arts Mentor Award

Lewis County Teacher of the Year

Golden Apple Award, West Virginia

Lewis County English/Language Arts Teacher of the Year

RESA VII, Exemplary Teacher Award