Jean Ferguson Ruffin, Ed.D.

Dr. Jean Ferguson Ruffin is an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Research, and School Improvement. She teaches graduate courses in educational leadership, specializing in school law and educational equity. Her research agenda is primarily focused on culturally proficient leadership and the intersection of race, equity, and rurality. Dr. Ruffin served as the associate school superintendent for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. She has also worked with the Southern Regional Education Board as a school improvement and literacy coach. She has held a variety of school and district level leadership positions including high school English teacher, teaching and learning specialist, instructional lead, CTAE director, and school improvement specialist. Prior to becoming an educator, Dr. Ruffin practiced law in south Georgia.

  • B.A., English, Tuskegee University, 1998
  • J.D., Law, Mercer University, 2001
  • Ed.S., Education Administration, University of West Georgia, 2010
  • Ed.D., School Improvement, University of West Georgia, 2018

Fall 2022 Sections

Summer 2022 Sections

Spring 2022 Sections

Fall 2021 Sections

Summer 2021 Sections

Spring 2021 Sections

Fall 2020 Sections

Summer 2020 Sections

  • EDLE-6316 (School Law, Policy, and Ethics) Section: E01
  • EDLE-6316 (School Law, Policy, and Ethics) Section: E03
  • EDLE-6316 (School Law, Policy, and Ethics) Section: E02

Spring 2020 Sections

  • EDLE-6316 (School Law, Policy, and Ethics) Section: E02
  • EDLE-6316 (School Law, Policy, and Ethics) Section: E01
  • EDLE-6341 (Using Data to Improve the Schl) Section: E03

Summer 2019 Sections

  • EDLE-6316 (School Law, Policy, and Ethics) Section: E03
  • EDLE-6341 (Using Data to Improve the Schl) Section: E03

Ruffin, Jean F. and Simon, Marsha E. (2022). Developing culturally proficient leaders through graduate coursework: Examining student perspectives. School Leadership Review.

Teaching from a place of love: Navigating the online diversity course against the backdrop of socio-political chaos. In S. McCarter and D. Davis (Eds.), Breakthrough: From Pandemic to Promising Practice. Information Age Publishing.

A Tale of Three Teachers: Portraits of Inequity, Education, and Perseverance During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Missed Opportunities: Reflections and Regrets of a Brand New Professor