Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Rhoda Coleman is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the USC Rossier School of Education's Masters of Arts in Teaching program. She teaches courses in Literacy Development, History-Social Science, and in First and Second Language Acquisition.
Dr. Coleman’s recent publications include numerous journal articles and a co-authored book, Promoting Academic Achievement for English Learners: A Guide to the Research (2010.) She served as guest editor of the Social Studies Review journal, a special edition on academic language (2013). She also works as a consultant in the areas of English Language Development (ELD), Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE), and literacy instruction for school districts and publishers.
Previously, Dr. Coleman was a Language Arts consultant for Los Angeles County Office of Education providing K-12 professional development to school districts throughout California and writing and producing over 25 teacher-training videos. She was also a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Language Minority Education and Research at California State University, Long Beach. She remains an active fellow of The California Reading and Literature Project and the California History-Social Science Project.
Dr. Coleman received her Doctor of Education in Language and Literacy from USC, a Master of Arts in Reading and a Reading Specialist Credential from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Arts in Administration from California State University, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from teh University of Southern California. While an elementary teacher in Lennox School District, she was named a California Teacher of the Year, Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year, and California History-Social Science Teacher of the Year. She was also recipient of the Milken Educator Award and the Rossier School of Education ROSE Award for outstanding service to education.