Rachel L Wlodarsky, PhD
 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Counseling, Administration, Supervision & Adult Learning
 Office: JH 266
 Phone: 216-687-5424
 Email: r.wlodarsky@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://www.csuohio.edu/cehs/casal/programs-0
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. JH 266, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Reflective practice, reflection, adult learning, faculty development, professional development, mentoring.
 
Education:
Ph.D., Urban Education, Adult, Continuing and Higher Education, Cleveland State University, 2002
M.A., Educational Policy and Leadership, The Ohio State University, 1997
B.A., Communication; Minor in Psychology, The Ohio State University, 1994
 
Brief Bio:
Dr. Rachel Wlodarsky is a faculty member in CASAL with a specialization in Adult Learning and Development. Dr. Wlodarsky received her Ph.D. from Cleveland State University in 2002. She spent the first 15 years of her career as a faculty member at Ashland University before joining CSU as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Fall 2016, transitioning to a tenure track position in the Fall 2017.  Dr. Wlodarsky studies the cognitive and socioemotional processes linked to adult learning, authentic reflection on experience, faculty development and mentoring.  She also serves on editorial boards for several adult learning and adult education journals.

She has published a book, several book chapters, and numerous peer-reviewed articles on the topic of reflection and professional development within the context of higher education.  Dr. Wlodarsky has recently joined forces with a group of faculty and administrators who are spearheading a project to integrate formal mentoring language and programs into policies and procedures at CSU.  This initiative has the potential to influence faculty development programs, and formal/informal mentoring for faculty members within higher education in scholarly and practical ways. In addition to her research, she is also extremely active in professional organizations, having held officer positions for the Commission of Professors of Adult Education, Ohio Association of Teacher Educators, and Ohio Confederation of Teacher Education Organizations.
 
Honors and Awards:
Awarded Faculty Merit Recognition last two consecutive years (19-20, 18-19). Award signifies that my research/scholarship is beyond normal expectations for the Assistant Professor rank  

Special Recognition, NSF-ADVANCE, Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership (IDEAL-N), Case Western Reserve University (2017-2020)

Appointed to Level 1 University Graduate Faculty (Fall 2017-Summer 2022)

Nominated Finalist, Excellence in Scholarship Award, Ashland University (Spring 2012)

Awarded Quality Matters seal from Ashland University for online formatted courses

Nominated Finalist, Outstanding Female Faculty Member of the Year, Ashland University (Spring 2006)
 
Research Interests:
Cognitive and socioemotional processes linked to adult learning,
Authentic reflection on experience,
Faculty development, and
Mentoring.
 
Teaching Areas:
Human Development-Lifespan, Adolescent, Adult.
Group Dynamics for Educational Leadership
Adult Learning and Development Internship
Portfolio in Adult Learning and Development
Higher Education Courses
Program Planning
Organizational Learning and Change
Adult Learning Theory
 
Professional Affiliations:
Member, Adult and Higher Education Alliance, AHEA (2020-Present).
Member, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, AAACE (2005-Present).
Member, Commission of Professors of Adult Education, CPAE (2005-Present).

Member, Eastern Educational Research Association, EERA (2018-Present).
Member, Ohio Association of Teacher Educators, OATE (2003-2016).
Member, Association of Teacher Educators, ATE (2004-2016).
Member, Reflective Commission, Association of Teacher Educators, ATE (2004-2010); Task Force (2010-2016).
 
Professional Experience:
Associate Professor August 2021-Present
Assistant Professor August 2017-August 2021
Visiting Assistant Professor August 2016-August 2017
Adult Learning and Development
College of Education and Human Services
Cleveland State University

Full Professor August 2014-August 2016
Tenured August 2009-August 2016
Associate Professor August 2008-August 2014
Assistant Professor August 2003-August 2008
College of Education
Ashland University

Adjunct Professor January 2002-August 2003
College of Education
Ashland University

Adjunct Professor January 2001-May 2003
Educational Foundations and Inquiry
Bowling Green State University

Instructor August 1998-August 2001
Curriculum and Foundations
Cleveland State University

Instructor Spring 2001
Curriculum and Foundations
Cleveland State University

Instructor Summer 2000
Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning
Cleveland State University

Supervisor, Student Teaching August 2015-August 2016
College of Education
Bowling Green State University

Director, Academic Advising August 2001-July 2003
Ashland University

Academic Advisor June 1999-June 2000
College of Education, Student Services Center
Cleveland State University

Research Assistant August 2000-June 2001
College of Education, Office of the Dean
Cleveland State University

Research Assistant November 1999-August 2000
Office of the Vice Provost
Cleveland State University

Assistant Director and Academic Advisor of Undergraduate Programs July 1997-July 1998
Cox School of Business
Southern Methodist University

Academic Advisor February 1995-July 1997
School of Journalism and Communication
The Ohio State University
 
University Service:
Institutional Level
Chair, CSU Women Faculty Resource Group (Spring 2021-Present).  

Member, CSU Faculty Mentoring Task Force (Fall 2017-Present).  Developing a faculty mentoring program at the university level.  Plan and facilitate mentoring events. Develop program evaluation for mentoring events.  Collect data on mentoring college faculty members and mentoring programs for program improvement and shared findings through possible publication.

College Level
CASAL Department Representative, CEHS Faculty Affairs Committee (Fall 2019-Present).  Elected position.  Facilitate the faculty workload document revisions, review faculty travel fund applications and make award recommendations, create and plan faculty professional development opportunities/events and provide voice/advocacy for faculty-related issues.  

Member, Search Committee, Cleveland State University (2017-2018).  Invited position by Dean, College of Education and Human Services.  Served on the committee to select a Director for the Center of Educational Technology.  Search was successful.

Section/Department Level
Curriculum/Program Development (Fall 2019-Present).  Developed a curriculum proposal updating the Adult Learning and Development program.  College of Human Services and Education approved proposal spring 2020.

Secretary, ALD Section (August 2016-Present). Take minutes for all ALD section meetings; meet twice a month throughout the academic year.

Conversion of ALD Courses, Cleveland State University (August 2016-Present).  Converting the ALD courses from 4 credit hours to 3 credit hours for online format.  Enhancing the online format for the program.
 
Professional Service:
Editorial Board Member, Adult Learning Journal (Summer 2020-Preseent).  Invited to serve on the editorial board of a leading adult education journal on a permanent basis.

Secretary/Treasurer, Executive Committee, Commission of Professors of Adult Education CPAE (Fall 2019-Present) Elected position holding a 3-year term.  Take minutes for all meetings pertaining to business of CPAE, manage budget, and create and disseminate CPAE Newsletter.

Member, Awards Committee, CPAE (Spring 2019-Present). Review award applications/nominations and determine award recipients.

Manuscript Reviewer, Adult Learning, AL; Adult Education Quarterly, AEQ; Educational Research for Policy and Practice, ERPP; IGI Global Publishing (2019-Present); Action in Teacher Education, ATE; Ohio Association of Teacher Educator, OATE (2010-2014).

Conference Presentation Proposal Reviewer, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, AAACE; Commission of Professors of Adult Education, CPAE; Adult Education in Global Times, AEGT (2017-Present); Ohio Confederation of Teacher Education Organizations, OCTEO (2010-2014).

Conference Session Facilitator, Registration, Eastern Educational Research Association, EERA (Spring 2018).

Member, Reflective Task Force, Association of Teacher Educators, ATE (2010-2016);
Commission (2004-2010).

Member, Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG), Learning Outcome Revision Panel, Ohio Board of Regents (2014- 2016).

President, Ohio Association of Teacher Educators, OATE (Fall 2012-Spring 2014).
President-Elect, Ohio Association of Teacher Educators, OATE (Fall 2010-Spring 2012).

President, Ohio Confederation of Teacher Education Organizations, OCTEO (Fall 2013-Spring 2014).
Vice President, Ohio Confederation of Teacher Education Organizations, OCTEO (Fall 2012-Spring 2013).

Member, OCTEO Planning Committee (Spring 2014-Spring 2016).

Member, OCTEO Executive Board and Planning Committee (Fall 2010-Spring 2014).

Co-Chair, Faculty Development SIG, Commission of Professors of Adult Education, CPAE; American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, AAACE (Fall 2009-Fall 2012).

Secretary, Ohio Association of Teacher Educators, OATE (Fall 2007-Spring 2011).

Membership Chair, Ohio Association of Teacher Educators, OATE (2005-2007).
Incumbent Membership Chair, Ohio Association of Teacher Educators, OATE (2004-2005).

Advisor, Kappa Delta Pi, KDP (2004-2009).
 
Community Service:
Community Council Member, Edison Local School District Serve on council as a representative of the community and expert in educational issues.  
Search Committee Member, Edison School District (Spring 2011). Interviewed candidates for superintendent position and actively participated in the decision-making process.
Volunteer, The Chapel in Sandusky, Ohio Interact closely with children infants-middle school age, teaching them about God in the context of my church¿s ministry known as Kids Celebration.
 
Research Grants:
Internal Grant(s)
Start-Up Funding Grant, Cleveland State University, August 2017; received funding to continue my research agenda.

Alternative Instructional Delivery Grant, Ashland University Provost Office, May 2011; received funding to develop online course formats.

Student Engagement Grant, Ashland University Provost Office, November 2007; received funding for KDP members to attend national conference.

Lilly Conference on College Teaching Grant, Ashland University Provost Office, November 2004; received funding to present at Lilly Conference and AU Faculty College Week.


External Grant(s)
Canada/United States Fulbright Program, UQAM; October 2005, application was revised/resubmitted.  May 2006, Finalist, not funded.

Canada/United States Fulbright Program, UQAM, April 2005, not funded.  

ODE-Reading First Ohio Initiative, Ohio Department of Education, January 2005, not funded.