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Ruth Vassar Burgess – Top Distinguished Educator

Strafford, MO — Ruth Vassar Burgess is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Top Distinguished Educator for her outstanding contributions in Education and her professional excellence as a Professor Emeritus at Missouri State University.

Now retired, Ruth Vassar Burgess has devoted her career to the field of education for more than five decades.  She has served as Professor at Missouri State University for 28 years and as Professor Emeritus for the past 17 years. She currently is an Instrumental Enrichment Trainer for the Feuerstein Institute in Jerusalem. She also served on the board of the North American Feuerstein Institute.

Among her academic achievements, Dr. Burgess earned her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1960 from Texas Tech University, and her Master of Arts in 1968, as well as her Doctor of Philosophy in Speech-Language Pathology in 1979 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also holds a teaching certificate in the states of Texas, Michigan, and Missouri. In addition, she has been clinically certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Throughout her extensive career, Dr. Burgess served as a member of the science advisory board for the International Center for the Enhancement of Learning Potential beginning 1993 and, between 1993 and 1996, she was active as a field reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education and a member of the Title I evaluation team for the Springfield Public School District.

A renowned published author, Dr. Burgess is widely published in her areas of expertise in speech-language disorders and cognitive psychology. She is a regular contributor to professional journals and books. She has authored a number of works over the years, including “The Status of Education Resource Teacher” in 1981, “Shantistan: Enabling a Land of Peace” in 2005and 2020, “Challenging Brain Structure Through Cross-Cultural Learning: The Life of Reuven Feuerstein” in 2008, “Spirited Sisters” in 2014 and “Longing for Home” in 2015. More recently, she published “Two Millennia of Memorable Christian Women: Showing Strength Without Power” (2020) alongside her husband, Stanley M. Burgess.

Having been born in India, Dr. Burgess continues to be actively engaged in intercultural educational and peace-related activities.  Dr. Burgess has been affiliated with the American Association of University Women and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.  She has received grants from the U.S. Department, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Mellon Foundation.

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