New Faculty Spotlight: Welcome Ruby Owiny!

Trinity College and Trinity Graduate School welcome Ruby L. Owiny (PhD cand.), assistant professor of education, to TIU beginning fall 2013.

Professor Owiny taught in both Christian and public elementary schools after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education at Asbury University. As she observed the diverse needs of students in her classrooms, she decided to return to Asbury for a Master’s degree with an emphasis in learning and behavior disorders. After earning her Master’s, Owiny was a special education teacher for six years. She currently is a PhD candidate at the University of Kentucky.

One of Professor Owiny’s passions is the inclusion of special needs students in the general education classroom. “General education teachers often do not have adequate training to feel prepared to work with students’ diverse needs,” she notes. Owiny is eager to equip Trinity’s teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to use appropriate methods to serve all students, including those with special needs, in the general education classroom. She is also excited about the opportunity to integrate faith and learning opening at Trinity. “As a graduate of a Christian university, I am deeply committed to provide the same integrated education to my students,” she writes.

In addition to her expertise in special education, Professor Owiny is interested in distance education and technologies. Her dissertation research combines these areas by examining the use of technology for distance coaching of teachers in effective teachers. Her research population is in Guatemala.

Professor Owiny and her family anticipate moving to the Chicago area during the summer.

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