Lecturer in Education

MEH 109


Doctoral Coursework (ABD) – Loyola University Chicago (2013)

M.Ed. – Valparaiso University (1996)

B.S. in Elementary Education – Ball State University (1987)


Ruth Johnston supervises and mentors students during field placements, including student teaching. During her career at Valparaiso University, she has taught Elementary Social Studies Methods, Math Methods, Science Methods, Fine Arts Methods, Technology As Pedagogy, Educational Psychology, and various seminars. In the College of Arts and Sciences, she has taught Core and VU Strategies. She also serves as the chair of the film committee for Valpo’s MLK Day event.

As a board member of the Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana, Ruth Johnston has presented at numerous local, state (ICSS, GENI), and national conferences (NCSS) on best practices of social studies education. Presently, she is serving on the Board of Trustees at the Porter County Museum of History in Valparaiso and serves as the education coordinator, giving tours and developing programming for children and Valparaiso city events, such as Popcorn Fest, Fall Harvest Festival, and Holly Days. Until recently, her Social Studies Methods and Fine Arts Methods students wrote curriculum for the PCM exhibits and taught their literacy-based lessons to local school children.

Ruth Johnston was chosen by the IDOE to serve on the state committee to evaluate social studies textbooks for the fourth- through sixth-grade curriculum and was selected by the National Council of Geographic Education to receive a Distinguished Teaching Award and by the Geography Educator’s Network of Indiana as Elementary Geography Teacher of the Year.

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