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Associate Professor of Spanish


  • Ed.D., West Virginia University
  • M.A., West Virginia University
  • B.A., Longwood College, Virginia

Professional Credentials

  • ACTFL, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester
  • ACTFL/NCATE reviewer of teacher education programs in foreign languages.
  • Intercultural Development Inventory certified administrator

Teaching Specialties

  • Methods & Materials for Languages
  • Spanish Teaching Internship
  • Advanced Oral Communication
  • Spanish Conversation
  • Elementary Spanish I & II
  • Honors Elementary Spanish I & II
  • Contemporary Costa Rican Culture

Research Interests

  • Foreign Language Instructional Supervision
  • Reflective Foreign Language Teaching
  • Various aspects of study abroad, and intercultural development, or the ways in which people grow as they interact with members of other cultures.


Dr. Owens teaches Spanish and coordinates the teacher education programs in foreign languages. In addition to teaching a variety of Spanish classes, she works with students majoring in Spanish or French who are preparing themselves to become teachers of those languages. This involves not only teaching classes but also supervising the field experiences of Spanish and French BSE students in the public schools.

Since 2004, Dr. Owens has directed the Department's summer study abroad program in Costa Rica. She is also very actively involved in ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), through which she serves as a certified oral proficiency interview tester and as an ACTFL/NCATE reviewer of foreign language teacher education programs throughout the United States.

Ruth Owens

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3481
F: (870) 972-3927


Building: HSS
Room: 4074