Jo Ellen Roseman is director for Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In this capacity she is responsible for overseeing all of the project's programs and activities in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Roseman also serves as director of the Center for Curriculum Materials in Science (CCMS), a collaboration of Project 2061, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan. Funded through the National Science Foundation's Centers for Learning and Teaching program, CCMS works to develop new knowledge and leadership that can contribute to the effective design, selection, and use of science curriculum materials.
Roseman has been involved in the design, testing, and dissemination of Project 2061's science literacy reform tools since 1989. As the project’s curriculum director, she participated in the development of Benchmarks for Science Literacy, which describes specific K–12 learning goals on the way to science literacy, and directed the development of Resources for Science Literacy: Professional Development, which helps educators focus curriculum, instruction, assessment, and their own professional development on science literacy. She also led Project 2061's evaluative studies of science and mathematics textbooks.
Prior to joining Project 2061, Roseman was involved in scientific research and teaching at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health. As a member of the Johns Hopkins faculty in Arts and Science and Education, she designed and directed two graduate degree programs for secondary science teachers and prospective teachers. She also advised students and taught courses in each of the programs (biochemistry, science methods, and evolutionary biology). She was principal investigator of the NSF-funded project “Computers to Enhance Science Education” involving Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore City public schools. Her doctoral studies in biochemistry and research at the National Institutes of Health explored the regulation of intracellular protein turnover and provided strong evidence that oxidative modification may be a significant mechanism in signaling cellular destruction of proteins.
Roseman has served on the board of directors for the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS). After participating in a community-based evaluation of the K–12 science program in Howard County, MD, she continues to serve on their science advisory council. She also has extensive experience teaching biology and chemistry in Michigan, Massachusetts, and Virginia.
She was educated in Maryland and Illinois public schools and received degrees from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Johns Hopkins University.