Diane Ross, Professor, Education

Diane Ross



Roush Hall 434

Diane was a middle graders teacher for 17 years. She now teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in middle childhood education and multicultural education. In addition to her passion for teaching, Diane has been traveling to Uganda for the past 10 years with Otterbein students to develop libraries and work with young adolescent girls on menstrual hygiene management, sexual reproductive health, and empowerment. Diane has two sons and three grandsons with whom she loves to spend time.


  • Doctor in Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction/ Middle Childhood, Kent State University, 2004.  Dissertation Title: Social justice and equity: A middle childhood educator’s journey
  • Masters in Reading Supervision, The University of Akron, 1990
  • BA, Speech (speech sciences) Concentration: Psychology, The College of Wooster,1980

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Young Adolescent Development
  • Middle Childhood Licensure
  • Peace and Social Justice


  • White, P. M., Ross, D., Miller, J., Dever, R., & Jones, K. (2014). Parallels between a Collaborative Research Process and the Middle Level Philosophy Current Issues in Middle Level Education. 19 (1), 1-5.
  • White, P. M., Ross, D., Miller, J., Dever, R., & Jones, K. (2013). Ohio’s Middle Childhood License. Research in the Middle Education Online, Vol. 7. No.1.
  • Ross, D. A. (2008), "Culturally competent and socio-politically conscious teaching: A teacher educator works to model the journey to critical cultural competence." International Journal of Multicultural Education, Vol 10, No 1.
  • Ross, D. A. & Wicks, M. (2007 winter) "Making authentic service learning alive in middle level classrooms." Ohio Middle School Association.; Ross, D.A. (2007). "Social justice and equity: A teacher educator’s journey within". The EPU (European University Center for Peace Studies), Stadtschlaining, Austria.
  • Ross, D.A. (2005, spring). "Project SAIL (Summer academy for integrated learning): A college/school partnership for middle school reform." Ohio Middle School Journal: Columbus, Ohio.
  • Ross, D. A., & Lehr, L. (2000, May). "Educators and the paradigmatic struggle in teaching and learning in a digital technology reality: An interpretive study" Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET). Kent, Ohio
  • Affiliations & Awards

    • Otterbein College Advisor of the Year- 2007-2008
    • Martha Holden Jennings Master Teacher Award- May 1994
    • Martha Holden Jennings Scholar - August 1993 - May 1994
    • Awarded an AT&T Fellowship from Kent State Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET)-2000
    Guest Lecturer
    • Nile University, Arua Uganda- 2015-2016
    • Makerere University, Kampala Uganda- 2014
    • Ugandan Christian University, Mukono, Uganda- 2014
    Awarded Funding
    • Fulbright Scholarship, 2016
    • Sabbatical Grant, Fall 2014
    • The Association of Middle Level Educators
    • Ohio Schools to Watch Leadership Team
    • CAEP SPA Review Board for the Association of Middle Level Educators