Ruth Boyd, PhD

Ruth Boyd, PhD (no photo)

Assistant Professor

School of Education

Academic Credentials

Ph.D in Educational Administration, Curriculum, & Supervision, University of Oklahoma; Credential in Elementary Education, Southwestern Oklahoma State University; M.B.A. in Management, Southwestern Oklahoma State University; B.S. in Business Administration, Southwestern Oklahoma State University


Dr. Boyd began her teaching career in elementary education, teaching third grade for 13 years. After transitioning to higher education, she expanded her practice to teacher preparation, specifically in the fields of early childhood education, elementary education, and literacy instruction. Dr. Boyd has enjoyed serving as university supervisor for teacher candidates, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and developing graduate program options in Reading Specialist and Instructional Coaching. As Vice President for Student Affairs, she served as the senior student affairs officer, overseeing and managing institutional effectiveness through strategic planning, recruitment, admissions, registration, and retention initiatives. Dr. Boyd held direct supervisor responsibility over the Dean of Students, Student Activities, Title IX, Enrollment Management, Career Services, International Student Affairs, Registrar’s Office, Student Counseling Service, Student Health Services, Upward Bound, Wellness Center and Intramural Activities, Public Safety, and the Student Government Association.

Teaching Areas

Educational Leadership; Instructional Coaching

Research Interests

• Student Resilience • Service Learning • Teacher Preparation


Boyd, R. (2021). The Puzzle of Cocurricular Assessment (manuscript submitted) Boyd, R., Boyd, G.A., & Alexander, T. (2020). SWOSU Serves: An Integration of Service-Learning. National Social Science Association, 53(2), 25-30. Boyd, G.A. & Boyd, R. (2020). Leadership Behaviors of Effective Athletic Coaches: A Case Study. Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, 15(1), 1-16.