Jodi Ruf

Associate Professor of English

Office: Brock Hall 3122

Phone: 423.236.2749

BA, Southern Adventist University
MA, Andrews University


Professor Ruf developed her love of reading as a young girl on long family road trips in the summer, and her reading naturally led to a deep appreciation for writing that is clear, creative, and connecting to others. She is delighted to be able to share her enthusiasm for both with her students. "Literature opens many different worlds where any reader can peek into the lives of others, developing new knowledge and new understanding. Writing is also a journey of discovery for both writer and audience; I want to be helpful in showing students how to increase their skills which can, in turn, help them be successful no matter what field of study or profession they enter."

Mrs. Ruf received her BA in English and an AS in Nursing from SAU, and then--after "probably the world's shortest nursing career"--taught at two SDA academies for ten years. She earned her MA in English Literature at Andrews University and, in 1999, began teaching at SAU, transitioning from adjunct to part-time to full time over several years. She greatly enjoyed teaching future high school English teachers for over ten years, as well as varied literature and College Composition classes. Currently, in addition to Composition Classes, she enjoys teaching Survey of American Literature, Approaches to Literature, and the Freshman English major Southern Connection class. She is also sponsor of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honors society.

When she isn't reading or grading papers, Mrs. Ruf enjoys spending time with her family which includes Stephen, a professor in SAU's School of Journalism and Communication; Sarah, a newspaper reporter near Phoenix, Arizona; and Amanda, a student at SAU. Her interests are in travel, drama, art, psychology, spiritual growth, flower gardening, and--of course--reading.