Rose Helen Merrell-James, ED.D
Department of Counseling and College
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: (717) 477-1673
Office: 105 Shippen Hall
Rose Helen Merrell-James joined Shippensburg University in 2011 after serving over 25 years as an educator and administrator in K-12 schools throughout Upstate New York and Pennsylvania. She completed her ED. D. in Counseling and Human Development with an emphasis on school counseling at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York in May 2004. Her research topic was quantitative in nature and addressed the use of drama to reduce the incidence of bullying in schools with a focus on the bystander.
Dr. Merrell-James holds three Masters Degrees in various areas including Family and Consumer Studies which she earned from the City University of New York at Herbert H. Lehman College, School Counseling from the State University of New York at Brockport, and Administration and Supervision from the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Her career experiences range from teaching, school counseling and serving as an administrator for diverse populations in K-12 public and private schools. Some of her greatest accomplishments include planning and implementing a school, home, and community program designed to address the needs of a school-age transitory population along with advocating for parent education in schools, promoting programs that support school and community safety, and using a drama-in-education format to enhance the social skill development of youth.
Her current research interests include investigating college equity, access, and maintenance of diverse populations into higher education. She also plans to work closely with professional State and National organizations to support the role of the Professional School Counselor in the K-12 arena. Dr. Rose (as she is affectionately called) is quickly developing a wonderful reputation by engaging students in active learning through incorporating her experiences, knowledge, and background into lessons, assignments, and research agendas.
A developing research agenda includes investigating multicultural competency through service learning and cultural immersion opportunities. One of her most recent adventures was working with a colleague to take twelve students to Petersfield/Galloway Jamaica which involved being immersed in the community and bonding with students and colleagues in the program. She looks forward to future trips to Jamaica along with a cultural immersion experience in Arizona to learn about the Navajo Nation.
Through these opportunities and research, she has become enriched with experiences that have challenged and enhanced her growth in the areas of multicultural competency and racial identity development. She welcomes future travel with students and colleagues along with sharing the benefits of cultural immersion and service learning throughout the courses that she teaches.
Dr. Rose Merrell-James is an advocate for wellness and self-care. In her spare time, she works as a certified jazzercise instructor, a program that incorporates fitness including strength training, cardio, and stretching for total body well-being. Do not be surprised if you see her doing a cardio move before class, she will be ready to teach, and you will be ready to learn!