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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

office location

416-A Main Hall

office hours

T 7:00 - 8:30
W
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
Website: http://cpet.tc.columbia.edu


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)