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Sr. Ruth Schock, O.S.F.

Ruth Schock

Associate Professor of Education

Department: Department of Education
Phone: 712-279-5556
Office Location: Heelan 152


  • Ed.D., The University of St. Thomas, Educational Leadership
  • M.A.,The University of St. Thomas, Non-Public School Administration
  • B.S., The University of South Dakota, Mathematics Education
Ruth Schock


Sr. Ruth has an interesting and unusual professional background. After attending public schools for most of her K-12 education experience, she graduated from the University of South Dakota with a major in secondary education and math. Sr. Ruth began her professional career teaching high school math in the public school system at Emerson, Nebraska. Over the next ten years, she joined the Sisters of St. Francis and started teaching in the Catholic School system. Eventually, Sr. Ruth taught every grade level from first grade through graduate school. Not only was she a high school math teacher for a number of years, she also taught middle school reading, math, science, and art. After earning her administrator's license, Sr. Ruth served as a teaching principal in small Catholic schools in Manchester, Iowa, and at Holy Cross School, a consolidation between the parishes in Arcadia and Vale, Iowa. While carrying out her day-to-day administrative responsibilities, Sr. Ruth also taught in the elementary classrooms wherever needed. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Her dissertation was a qualitative study of female students enrolled in the teacher preparation program at Briar Cliff. Sr. Ruth has served here at Briar Cliff for the past twenty years as a faculty member and chair of the Education Department. During that time, she wrote the proposal for, and directed, the first master's program offered at this institution. Sr. Ruth was awarded the national Franciscan Federation's Franciscan Experience for the 21st Century award in June of 2017.


  • Spring 2017: Gave the Faculty Commissioned Lecture at Briar Cliff University, titled "The Little Red School House: Oh the Places We'll Go!"