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Humanities Dept. Head Ross Awarded Doctorate

Donna Ross, Catawba Valley Community College’s humanities department head, recently earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Appalachian State University.

One of three doctoral candidates to graduate with a 4.0 grade point average, she served as a guest speaker at commencement ceremonies.

Her dissertation was entitled “Digital Storytelling: Ordinary Voices, Extraordinary Stories.” It focused on developmental education and digital storytelling with a specific focus on women's ways of learning.  

Ross joined the faculty in 1999 as a Spanish instructor. She was named chair of the Foreign Languages Department in 2002 and chair of the humanities department in 2008.

Last spring, she was named CVCC’s Excellence in Teaching Award winner. After receiving an N.C. Community College Faculty Association Grant in 2010, she established a learning partnership between Hispanic students taking non-credit English as a second language with students taking intermediate college-level Spanish. The collaboration resulted in a unique language and cultural exchange. She has also organized several domestic and international travel study opportunities for CVCC students.

The only child of educators, Ross earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and Spanish education at ASU. She earned a master’s degree in Spanish education in 1995 and an educational specialist graduate degree in higher education administration at ASU.

Before joining the CVCC faculty in 1999, she taught Spanish within the Catawba County School System for eight years.

She has served the college, its students and the community in numerous ways. She is a past co-advisor to the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and former vice president of Foreign Language Instructors in Community Colleges. She has attended numerous professional development institutes, including National Association for Developmental Education, Writing Across the Curriculum Workshop, Worldview Conference at UNC-Chapel Hill, Great Teacher’s Retreat, Department Chair’s Institute sponsored by North Carolina State University and the Foreign language Instructors in Community College Summer Institute at Davidson College.

Ross and her husband, Bryan, have three children and are members of Bethel Lutheran Church in Claremont.

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