Bridget Conway Rose was named Samford University’s inaugural Director of the Academic Success Center in 2009. In this role, she oversees a variety of resources designed to facilitate students’ successful transitions through the university. Under her leadership the ASC developed a tutoring program in collaboration with academic departments, created two early move-in academic enrichment opportunities for first year students, and expanded the Foundations 101 first year experience course to include a second-semester vocational exploration course, a sophomore seminar, and a peer mentoring course for upperclassmen. She also serves on the University’s Care Team and is collaborating with campus partners on a new initiative to identify and support First Generation college students at Samford.
During the 2022—2023 academic year Rose will be assuming additional responsibilities related to Disability Resources. She will work closely with the Accommodations Coordinator and manage the office’s director-level operations.
Rose has taught Cultural Perspectives (Samford’s freshman year core texts course) since 2002; she currently holds the rank of assistant professor in the Core Curriculum. She also teaches Western Intellectual Tradition I and II courses (“The Heritage of Greece and Rome” and “Christianity from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance”) in the University Fellows Honors Program. She has co-taught “Narratives of the East" in Southeast Asia, and created a General Education Humanities course, “Sacred Italy: Saints and Martyrs,” to take students to Rome, Florence and Assisi. Her research interest is early Christian martyrdom, specifically St. Perpetua. She holds a B.A. in English and sociology from Mobile College and the M.T.S. degree from Samford’s Beeson Divinity School, and she has completed additional coursework on Disability Awareness and Support through Coursera and the University of Pittsburgh.