Ruby L. Owiny PhD

Assistant Professor of Education




B.A., Asbury University
M. A., Asbury University
PhD., University of Kentucky

Dr. Owiny worked for 13 years in both private Christian schools and public schools in Lexington, KY. She served as an elementary classroom teacher and as a special educator. Her passion for teaching lies in the inner city where she spent 11 years of her career and worked to help create higher quality inclusive settings for students with disabilities. Her dissertation was based on virtual coaching of general education and special education teachers in Guatemala to train them in the use of specific praise. Her current research interests include identifying methods for improving the quality of inclusive settings, including strategies teachers use in their general education classrooms, the relationship of general educators with their special educator counterparts in co-teaching relationships, and the interactions of students in those settings. Outside of the university, she directs Project REACH, a ministry to teachers in third world countries, to train them in inclusive principles.