Ashley Tice Roseno ’19PHD: I Chose NC State’s College of Education Because of its Top-Tier Adult Education Program

Ashley Roseno

The NC State College of Education will graduate 157 students Dec. 19, 2019. This is part of a series of profiles with some members of the Class of 2019 who will walk cross the stage this December.

Name: Ashley Tice Roseno ’19PHD

Hometown: Greenville, N.C.

Area of Study: Educational Research and Policy Analysis An image stating "NC State College of Education Class of 2019"

Activities (Research or Extracurricular): My research focus is in educator professional development, where I most recently published a manuscript in Health Behavior and Policy Review on a process evaluation of a middle school nutrition-based science curriculum based on teacher perceptions and experiences. 

Why did you choose your area of study? My background is in nutrition, but I have always enjoyed education. Being a registered dietitian involves a great deal of education, so I sought out adult education to help me better understand how to work with adults in the nutrition setting, only to find a new passion for training educators to use nutrition as a tool for science and mathematics in the traditional and non-traditional K-12 settings.

What do you hope to accomplish in your field after graduation? I have accepted an assistant professor of the practice position at North Dakota State University, where I will work as a dietitian education program coordinator. While I am not working with teachers, I am training future dietitians who will work with children to educate them on preventative medicine through nutrition.

Tell us about an experience you had with the NC State College of Education that had the biggest impact on you or your career. I gained a new respect for evaluation and have now shifted much of my research to encompass program evaluation after enrolling in [Associate Professor of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis] Tamara Young’s program evaluation course, which was by far one of the hardest courses of my doctoral career. I have great respect for her, her knowledge and what she does for the profession. I don’t know where I would be without her course and that experience. I was not sure what I wanted to do with my future research; but after learning from her expertise, I made a shift in my focus and found my passion in program evaluation of educator professional development.

Why did you choose education? I have always enjoyed mentoring others but never found my niche until I found adult education after years in nutrition. I enjoyed nutrition, but combining adult education and nutrition provided me with a new perfect alignment of two subjects I love.