JCJC’s Stacy Ruth selected as Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2017-10-20 14:04:27

ELLISVILLE –Jones County Junior College’s Social Science instructor, Stacy Ruth has been selected as the JCJC 2017 Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year.  She will be honored by the Mississippi Humanities Council and JCJC on Wednesday, November 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the JCJC Fine Arts Auditorium. The public is invited to see Ruth’s free presentation, “The Evolution of Family through Animation,” which will discuss how the audience can identify with cartoon characters and how this form of entertainment can motivate or change our behavior.

“Television networks have always portrayed families with both drama and humor.  Animation is one of the most radical platforms that depict the social institution in a variety of methods. This presentation will show how cartoons and animation have also changed in its style of interpreting families while still holding on to this traditional view,” said Ruth.

The Mississippi Humanities Council will recognize Ruth as JCJC’s Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year during this special presentation in Ellisville, and again in Jackson at a banquet where she will receive a cash award and a plaque.

“I am grateful and honored by the recognition. I started teaching here (JCJC) when I was 23 years old, and I feel as if I have matured and progressed as an instructor each year.  I love my colleagues in the Social Science department; they are my extended family, which makes coming to work much easier,” said Ruth.

Some of her “family” members at JCJC said Ruth is very deserving of the recognition from the Mississippi Humanities Council and feel honored to work beside her.

“Having observed Stacy throughout her tenure at JCJC, it has been my pleasure to watch her evolve academically, professionally, and intellectually into one of the finest educators in the state.  JCJC is indeed fortunate to have Ms. Ruth on the faculty. It is with utmost enthusiasm that I call her friend and colleague,” said JCJC Western Civilization instructor, Wyatt Moulds.

Carson Atwood, JCJC’s 2014 Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year, said Ruth is an excellent choice for the Humanities honor this year.

“She is a dedicated and diligent instructor who was born to teach.  Her students not only learn a vast amount of knowledge from her, they also adore her as their teacher. I consider it an honor to have her as a co-worker and I think Jones is well represented by her as our Humanities Teacher of the Year at JCJC,” said Atwood.

As Ruth begins her 25th year teaching Sociology, Social Problems, and Marriage and Family classes at JCJC, she has also had the opportunity to serve the region in various roles.  The Laurel resident is a member of the executive committee for the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association, the state committee for HIV Prevention-funded by the Mississippi Department of Health, the World Congress on Civic Education in Cape Town, South Africa, and she currently serves on the Executive Board for Jones County Fellowship of Christian Athletes as well as the Advisory Board for JCJC’s Baptist Student Union. As a former basketball player on an athletic scholarship for Mississippi College, Ruth has a unique perspective and is aptly able to assist JCJC’s female student-athletes. Over the last several years, Ruth has joined Jones County’s FCA students on several mission trips.

“She is popular with students and a standard-bearer for JCJC.  Stacy is involved in campus and community activities and spends her time doing mission trips to make the world a better place.  She is a generous and kind teacher, a worthy recipient of the Humanities Teacher of the Year honor,” said Social Science department chair, Dr. Ronald Bishop.

Other honors the 1987 Heidelberg Academy graduate has earned include being awarded the S.A. Rosenbaum Earthwatch Fellowship to conduct research on Family Health Rituals in Madras, India, in 2005, and in 2010, she was selected as JCJC’s Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) instructor of the year for Mississippi Colleges and Universities. Additionally, Ruth was selected as one of the top five instructors at JCJC by her colleagues and administrators. She earned her bachelor of science in applied sociology, her master of social sciences with an emphasis in sociology, history and political science, and her master of science in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Mississippi College.  Ruth has one daughter, 11-year-old Lexie who attends Laurel Christian School. 


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