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Ruth Vinz

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.S. in Secondary Education: Majors in English and Social Sciences, Montana State University; M.A. in Secondary Education: History Emphasis, Boise State University; Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning: English Education, New York University.

Scholarly Interests

Teacher Preparation and the Professional Education of Teachers. Culturally Responsive Teaching. The Teaching and Learning of Secondary School Literacies.    

Selected Publications

Composing A Teaching Life (Heinemann, Boynton/Cook).
On Writing Qualitative Research: Living by Words (Falmer).
"Horrorscapes: (In)Forming adolescent identity and desire" (Journal of Curriculum Theorizing).
"Opening moves: Conversations on the first year of teaching" (English Education). 
"The things we carry: Working ‘In Relation' to the past" (English Education). 
"Cautions against canonizing (an) other literature" (Becoming (Other)Wise: Critical perspectives on reading literature, Calendar Island). 

biographical information

Ruth Vinz taught middle and high school students for twenty-three years before coming to Teachers College. She is a Professor in the English Education Program and the Enid and Lester Morse Endowed Chair in Teacher Education. She directs the Center for the Professional Education of Teachers. Ruth is the co-author of several books, Inside Out, Recasting the Text, Learning the Landscapes and Writing Qualitative Research. Her book, Composing A Teaching Life, received the Richard Meade award for outstanding research published in English education in 1997. She is co-author of the Houghton Mifflin Daybooks, a new 6-12 grade series of reading and writing literature books used in thousands of secondary classrooms, both nationally and internationally. In the most recent book, Becoming (Other)Wise, Ruth Vinz collaborated with other Program faculty and New York City teachers-Greg Hamilton, Juliette LaMontagne, Erick Gordon and Bill Lundgren-in an examination of multicultural literature education and cultural criticism as literacy events. Her research interests include cultural literacies, particularly focused on adolescent readers' practices, constructed and constructing identities of teachers, and traditions and representations of research-in-practice. Various articles or book chapters demonstrate this range of interests. See, for example, "Cautions Against Canonizing (An)Other Literature" in C. McCarthy, Social Epistemology and Multicultural Education. New York: Routledge (2000); "Learning The Blues: Beyond Essentialist Readings of Cultural Texts" in C. McCarthy. Sound Identities: New York: Peter Lange (2000); "You Can't Tame a Polecat By Caging It" in Joseph Trimmer (Ed.). Narration As Inquiry. Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Heinemann, Boynton/Cook (1999); "Horrorscapes: (In)Forming Adolescent Identity and Desire" in Journal of Curriculum Theorizing. 12(4); and "Opening Moves: Conversations on the First Year of Teaching" in English Education. 27(3).

office location

416-A Main Hall

office hours

T 7:00 - 8:30
3:00 - 4:30

A&HE 4157: Writing: Fiction and personal narrative

A fiction writing class combined with close readings of selected contemporary writers. Special fee required.

A&HE 4550: Teaching of poetry

Experience in reading and writing poetry, designing curriculum, and determining effective teaching practices. Special fee required.

A&HE 4904: Independent study in teaching English

Permission of instructor required. Research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member. Students work individually or with others.

A&HE 5149: Research Writing: Genres, Techniques, and Connections

Examines the conventions and practices of discourse communities, including the philosophical and intellectual traditions that influence the writing and publication of research.

A&HE 5504: Research paper: teaching of English

Required of all Ed.M., Ed.D. and Ph.D. students. This course facilitates the writing of a paper representing the results of an independent research project. Usually requires enrollment for 2 semesters, each earning 3 credits. Special fee required.

A&HE 6404: Internship in college teaching of English

Permission of instructor required. Provides opportunities to function in an apprenticeship role in teaching or research in the context of a college English classroom or other field setting.

A&HE 6450: Internship in teaching English

Permission of instructor required. Provides opportunities to function in an apprenticeship role in teaching or research in the context of a secondary English classroom or other field setting. Special fee required.

A&HE 6504: Doctoral seminar: Teaching of English

Must be taken at least once during course of doctoral study. Doctoral seminar will focus on research and theory in a special domain of English eductaion. Designed to help students gain expertise in a particular area and to help students develop research projects in that area. Special fee required.

A&HE 6514: Postmodern textual theories

Teachers will examine literary and theoretical texts central to postmodern theory. Students will explore, through a diverse range of means and media, texts deemed pivotal to postmodern approaches and principles. Special fee required.

A&HE 6904: Research and independent study

Permission of instructor required. Advanced research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member. Students work individually or with others.

A&HE 7504: Dissertation seminar: teaching of English

Permission of instructor required. Designed to help students complete an acceptable dissertation proposal. Special fee required.

Documents & Papers

Dreamweaver Documents

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Centers and Projects

Center for the Professional Education of Teachers

Creativity, Imagination and Innovation Symposium

Ruth Vinz appeared in the following articles:

Taking a Page From the World's Best Schools (12/17/2013)

Ruth Vinz (9/29/2013)

Putting Standards to the Test (6/26/2013)

Strange Harvest from the Garden State (7/27/2012)

Research in Practice: Finding Answers in the Classroom (4/13/2012)

A Group of TC Faculty Condemns the Release of Teacher Evaluations Based on Student Test Scores (3/8/2012)

SPI Summer Institute Focuses on Ways to Take Student Voices Public (8/18/2011)

Student Press Initiative to Hold Second Annual Summer Institute (6/21/2011)

Finding Data in Students' Stories (5/20/2011)

A Teaching Life (5/19/2010)

Teaching through Publishing (5/19/2010)

TC Faculty Question Education Secretary's Vision (1/11/2010)

Bidding Adieu (6/11/2009)

I SPI...A New Curriculum Advisor in Town (7/22/2007)

Alumni Awards (12/13/2006)

Coming of Age in Japan (10/27/2006)

Coming of Age in Japan (10/3/2006)

Publish & Flourish (9/28/2006)

2005 at TC: The Year in Review (9/20/2006)

No Holds Barred (11/22/2005 11:46:29 AM)

Killing The Sky (6/21/2005)

TC Education Zone Partnership Unites College’s Collaborations with City Schools (6/9/2005)

Rikers Island Inmates Tell Their Stories Through Teachers College Student Press Initiative (5/19/2005)

Where Teachers Are Made (2/23/2005)

Where Teachers Are Made (2/23/2005)

Dana Zaskoda (10/6/2003)

Campaign Exceeds Goal with $10.8 Million Gift: Gerard and Lilo Leeds Fund The National Academy for Excellent Teaching at TC (8/1/2003)

Engaging in Research: An Award-Winning Faculty (8/1/2003)

The Riverside Church Awards Teachers College $1.5 Million For Teacher Development And Retention (8/1/2003)

Joanna Cortes (5/10/2003)

Campaign Exceeds Goal with $10.8 Million Gift (5/1/2003)

Afghan Schools to Get an Education (3/16/2003)

TC, UNICEF and the Afghan Government Propose a National Academy of Education in Kabul (3/1/2003)

The Riverside Church Awards Teachers College $1.5 Million for Teacher Development and Retention (2/1/2003)

One Year After 9/11: The Challenges to Teaching Diversity, Culture, and Media Literacy (11/1/2002)

Vinz is Honored With The Enid and Lester Morse Chair in Teacher Education (9/1/2002)

Using the Past to Help the Present and Future (6/1/2002)

Scholarships at Teachers College: (1/1/2002)

Faculty Briefs (7:2) (10/1/2001)

President Levine and Interim Dean Vinz Discuss the State of the College-Before and After September 11 (10/1/2001)

TC Responds to Tragedy (10/1/2001)

Our New Interim Dean: Ruth Vinz (9/1/2001)

TC Graduates Celebrate at Master's and Doctoral Convocation Ceremonies (6/1/2001)

Christoph Wolff on Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician (5/1/2001)

Looking back and looking ahead: Founders Day (11/1/1999)

State of the College: 8 steps to the future (9/1/1999)

The Return of Basic Grammar (4/26/1999)

Fall Convocation: Looking to the Future (9/1/1998)

Vinz Wins Meade (1/22/1998)

Professor Vinz Honored by NCTE (12/16/1997)