Watson College of Education faculty member and incoming chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, Donyell Roseboro.


I AM UNCW: Donyell Roseboro


Watson College of Education faculty member Donyell Roseboro is going to make history this summer.

Effective July 1, 2014, associate professor Roseboro will become chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, the first African American department chair in the Watson College of Education (WCE).

“This is an incredible opportunity and one that represents much more than an individual accomplishment. I am able to serve because of generations who struggled before me, who believed in justice and opportunity for all,” she says.

Roseboro currently serves as the director of the Professional Development System (PDS) in the WCE, a partnership network that includes 146 schools across 12 school districts. She is presenting at the upcoming summit, Navigating Challenging Waters: Achieving Success in the Academy. The UNC Wilmington Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), other UNCW offices and the UNC General Administration are sponsoring this two-day event on the UNCW campus for faculty, staff and graduate students across the UNC system.

Roseboro will be presenting on the topics of thesis and dissertation writing and writing for publication.

“The summit is significant in that it is a coming together of African American faculty and staff and others interested in research on and/or the experiences of African Americans in institutions of higher education,” she says. “This is a pioneering attempt to bring together faculty and staff from across the UNC system schools. Overall, we hope to identify better ways to collaborate, share information and ideas, and mentor each other and students.”

A former high school teacher, Roseboro was recently featured on WWAY as their extraordinary person of the week. She helped a team of instructors from WCE secure a $50,000 grant for "Innovation in Education" from the Institute of Emerging Issues and State Employees Credit Union. Additionally, WCE’s PDS received a national award for exemplary achievement. Roseboro and others were on hand to accept the honor March 28 at the 15th annual PDS National Conference in Las Vegas.

She has 22 publications with two recent book chapters: “Mediated youth, curriculum, and cyberspace: Pivoting the in-between” in the Critical Studies Youth Reader (New York: Peter Lang) and “Rethinking school reform and neighborhood schools” in School Reform Critics (New York: Peter Lang). Roseboro co-authored the article “To Virgo or not to Virgo: The conversion of a neighborhood school from a pit to a beloved” with her colleague Candace Thompson. It is due for publication in May in the journal Equity and Excellence in Education. She is also leading a study abroad trip to South Africa this summer with five doctoral students and one undergraduate student. They will teach and tour schools for two weeks in Port Elizabeth.

Outside of UNCW, Roseboro loves to travel and spend time with her 7-year-old twins, Ciera and Maya, and husband, Bratis.