Chair of Education Department/ Professor of Education
Ruth Zealand received her B.S. from The University of Michigan, and her Masters degrees and PhD from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she taught for over a decade. For over 25 years, she worked in a variety of K-12 schools as a general education and special education teacher, a supervisor, and a principal.
Ruth taught at Teachers College, Columbia University for over a decade. In 2008, she became the first recipient of the Art of Accessible Teaching Award given by Teachers College for outstanding contribution to the educational equity for students with disabilities. She also taught at Baruch College and The College of New Rochelle, where she was chair of the education department for over 10 years. In 2017, she became chair of the undergraduate Education department at Manhattan College.
She is involved in research on aesthetic education, decision making, special education, conflict resolution, community building/anti bullying, and advocacy for families.
With Holly Fairbank, she created the yearly Imagination, Inquiry and Innovation and Institute (I4) to bring together innovative thinkers and practitioners who exemplify outstanding practice that embraces the tenets of Maxine Greene.