Denise Ross has been named chair of the UW System Institute for Urban Education, a program housed at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She will begin her appointment later this year.
Ross will come to UWM from Western Michigan University, where she is an associate professor in psychology. Her research focuses on developing language and literacy interventions for economically marginalized children and adults. Ross has established or led about 20 professional development partnerships with school districts in New York, Chicago, South Florida and Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Ross earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University with a major in special education and a specialization in applied behavior analysis. She received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Spelman College.
The UW System Institute for Urban Education is dedicated to advancing the field of urban education and to recruit, promote and retain high quality educators for urban districts. The institute’s initiatives include a voluntary preparation program for teacher candidates who want to teach in an urban setting within Milwaukee Public Schools, professional development opportunities and research collaborations across UW System institutions.