Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education Rose Chu, Ph.D.
AAP staff report
Roseville, Minn. (May 9, 2011) – Rose Wan-Mui Chu is a newly appointed Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education.
“The opportunity to serve at the state level and to make a difference in the lives of children and youth of Minnesota represents a dream come true,” said Chu.
The appointment came earlier this month from Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, who also appointed Elia Bruggeman as a second assistant commissioner. Both Bruggeman and Chu join the department with extensive educational experience and a commitment to helping children succeed.
“I am thrilled to welcome both Elia and Rose to round out my executive team,” said Commissioner Cassellius. “Each brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to their positions, but more importantly, each brings a passion for helping kids succeed that will make them great advocates for all students and great additions to the team.”
Prior to her appointment, Rose was an associate professor of education for seven years at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. She most recently served three years as the department chair of the Urban Teacher Program, a program with a mission to increase the number of teachers of color, and to prepare all teachers to provide quality education to diverse learners in our urban core.
Chu’s specialty is mathematics education: teaching, advising and supervising prospective urban math teachers. Her teaching and research interests include reform efforts in math education, and community engagement in educational equity and access.
Previous to her joining the university in August 2004, Rose worked at the Minneapolis Public Schools for eight years as a classroom teacher, a district math mentor and specialist, and a district math and science equity coordinator. She began her education career in earnest through mentoring and teaching students at Plymouth Youth Center, an alternative high school in north Minneapolis.
“… the inequity that persists for our students of color in terms of quality education is simply unacceptable; addressing such injustice through educational reform remains a very palpable mission in my life’s work,” said Chu.
In other education work, Chu is a founding board member of aMaze, a nonprofit organization developing anti-bias education projects for schools. She was on the design team for Laura Jeffrey Academy, the first all-girls public charter school in Minnesota.
She currently serves on the research collaborative team at Minnesota Minority Educational Partnership (MMEP), advising on policies and issues related to students of color. She is also on the board and the financial officer for Minnesota Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, an nonprofit affiliate of the International ASCD.
Chu’s Asian American community work includes Pan Asian Voices for Equality, a group that took part in activism issues such as the protest of the Miss Saigon production in 1995. She was also a board member of the now retired pioneering pan-Asian arts organization, Asian American Renaissance.
Chu was on several planning committees for the annual Asian American Festival, and co-founded and led the efforts to make Dragon Festival a reality in 2003. She remains involved with Mu Performing Arts as a student of taiko for the over 12 years, and is a member of the Mu Community Taiko Group, and an occasional stage actor.
She received the Leadership and Service Award from the State Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans in 1997 and was a national fellow for the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute’s leadership program in 2001.
First earning a bachelor of industrial engineering and master of science at Auburn University, Alabama, Chu went on to earn her Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She added teaching credentials in middle and secondary school mathematics at the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University and worked as a research scientist at Honeywell for over four years before teaching.
Rose was born in Hong Kong and spent her teenage years in Malaysia. She immigrated to the United States in November 1979 and has been a Minnesota resident for almost 20 years. She currently lives in Little Canada.