Plymouth State University Innovator Named to Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2021

Robin Derosa

Robin DeRosa, Ph.D., is one of the first from Plymouth State University to participate in statewide program.

Acknowledging her nationally recognized work to transform the higher education learning experience for students, Plymouth State University professor Robin DeRosa, Ph.D., is among the 30 leaders from across the state to be named to the Leadership New Hampshire class of 2021. The statewide program, which has a highly competitive selection process, focuses on building a community of informed and engaged leaders through collaboration and civic engagement.

“We are incredibly proud that Robin has been recognized by Leadership New Hampshire for her innovative work to transform learning in higher education,” said Ann McClellan, Ph.D., Interim Provost, Plymouth State University. “Leadership New Hampshire will help Robin continue her trailblazing work to make public higher education more accessible, meaningful and focused on serving communities. We know she’ll bring that first-hand knowledge back to campus to work with students, faculty and other institutions as they tackle challenges facing their communities.”

Robin DeRosa

DeRosa currently serves as the Director of the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative (Open CoLab). The Open CoLab is a dynamic hub dedicated to innovative teaching and learning, linking theories, ideas and research with practice. The team focuses on instructional design, open education, interdisciplinary learning and increasing the public impact of higher education. One of the Open CoLab’s major projects in the last year was to help found the New Hampshire Open Education Public Consortium, a joint effort across the state’s 11 public postsecondary institutions to lower the cost of textbooks and other learning materials for New Hampshire’s college students.

The Open CoLab has also played a large role in helping PSU implement its Integrated Clusters education model, which supports interdisciplinary work, project-based learning that extends outside of the classroom, and empowering students to contribute to collective knowledge.

“The focus of my work at Plymouth State University, and with many other institutions in New Hampshire, has been to make higher education more accessible, affordable and impactful,” DeRosa said. “But education is just one part of a larger, complex system. Leadership New Hampshire will help me work more broadly toward improving the public good, linking our work in higher education to other services and sectors. Approaching our challenges holistically, and leaving our silos behind, will help us build a sustainable and equitable future for everyone in New Hampshire.”

DeRosa also served for many years as an editor for Hybrid Pedagogy, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that evaluates the best uses for technology and new media in education, expands the conversation about e-learning and open education, and determines the best applications for educational technology. The journal’s readers are an integral part of the peer review process, making its academic publishing practices more transparent.

DeRosa joined PSU in 2000. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Tufts University.

Top image of Robin DeRosa courtesy of Alan Levine.