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A-State Remains Closed Through Friday. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6, due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be closed on Thursday and will evaluate campus conditions on Friday morning.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • The SunBelt basketball match-ups with South Alabama will be played as scheduled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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(870) 972-3820

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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: Wilson Hall
Room: 124C