JCJC social science instructor selected as Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2017-11-29 20:36:52

ELLISVILLE Since the 1960’s, television cartoons have depicted families in various ways and Jones County Junior College’s social science instructor, Stacy Ruth has taught thousands of students about those family values.  Ruth has taught Sociology, Social Problems, and Marriage and Family classes over the past 25 years, while also noting the way the ‘family’ has been depicted in cartoons.  In her presentation and official recognition as the Mississippi Humanities Council’s Teacher of the Year at JCJC, Ruth shared her insight about how the family has evolved in cartoons.
“You may think families are stagnant, but they have changed and adjusted over the years, as society changes or cultural aspects have changed. A really good indication of this is the cartoons in how they show cultural changes and how they emulate what families go through,” said Ruth.
Through different depictions in six cartoons, the Flintstones, Jetsons, the PJ’s, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers and the Simpsons, Ruth showed how each cultural shift was incorporated in the cartoons.  Sharing her insights at the presentation for the Mississippi Humanities Council with students, staff and guests, Ruth said she is honored to have her peers and administrators recognize her work and love of teaching students.
“It’s nice to know my colleagues and administrators think a lot of me and my work to be chosen for this honor. I really love teaching my students and interacting with them,” said Ruth.
Ruth will be formally honored at a banquet in Jackson in February by the Mississippi Humanities Council where she will receive a cash award and a plaque. Ruth has taught social science classes at JCJC for 25 years while also volunteering with student-athletes through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and she serves on the Executive Board of Jones County’s FCA program.  She has also served the region as a member of the executive committee for the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association, the state committee for HIV Prevention, the World Congress on Civic Education in Cape Town, Africa.  Additionally, the Heidelberg Academy graduate was selected as JCJC’s faculty representative for Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence program for Mississippi’s colleges and universities, and she was one of the top five instructors at JCJC chosen by her colleagues and administrators. Ruth has an 11-year old daughter who attends Laurel Christian School. 


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