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Patricia E. Ruff

Patricia E. Ruff

Education Studies, Lecturer

Office: Palamountain Hall 217A
Telephone: (518) 580-5000, ext. 5157
Email: pruff@skidmore.edu

Patricia teaches in the Education Studies Department at Skidmore College.  Her strong background in the teaching field provides her with the experience and knowledge to work with pre-service teachers as they explore this exciting and important profession. Simply said, teaching is her passion.

Patricia E. Ruff has been an educator for over forty years.  She has taught at the elementary, middle school and high school, and at both undergraduate and graduate college levels.  She also served as Middle School Assistant Principal and Elementary School Principal in local schools.

She holds New York State certification as School Administrator and Supervisor (S.A.S) and in teaching Elementary (N, K-6) and English (7-12), and in Reading.

Currently she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University at Albany in the Reading Department.  She received her B.S in Education/English and her Master’s Degree in Reading at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.  Additional studies include courses at Albany Law School in Criminal Procedure and Negotiable Instruments.    Patricia has presented at the New York State Reading Association Conference, the New York State Middle Schools Association Conference and at numerous local literacy and administrative workshops.

Patricia holds membership in the International Reading Association, New York State Reading Association, the Literacy Research Association, the American Association of University Professors, and Kappa Delta Pi.

Patricia serves on numerous professional and local committees:  the Literacy Research Council, Area 6 Adolescent, College, and Adult Literacy Process Review Panel; the Pearson Content Area Literacy Advocacy Council; and the Clifton Park / Halfmoon Friends of the Library Committee.  She had been a reviewer for the National Education Panel, Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) and the Guilford Press Manuscripts Review Committee. Patricia was Associate Advisor for Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education from 2009 through 2013.

Patricia’s research interests include female adolescent literacy across the generations, the impact of technology on literacy within and outside the classroom, and the effects of the standards movement on learning and teaching.