Graduate Teacher Education Program

Graduate School of Education

Barbara Ruben

Assistant Professor

Barb Ruben was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Portland Public Schools in 1974 and then attended Brandeis University and University of California Santa Cruz for her undergraduate education in Environmental Planning.† After returning to Oregon, she worked one year with adults in environmental policy and became convinced environmental education needed to start with young people.† She went back to Lewis and Clark College for an elementary teacherís license and started teaching 6th grade in Portland Public Schools in 1980.† In 1985 she received her masters and reading endorsement through Portland State University.† She has taught every grade from kindergarten through 8th grade. At different points along the way she worked as a math consultant for Centennial School District, a science teacher for Portland Jewish Academy and with OMSI, a reading tutor in Beaverton schools, and volunteered in a 11th grade American History at Jefferson High School.

In the early 1990s she took a short

break from classroom teaching and

returned to Lewis and Clark for an

Education administration license

and to supervise student teachers.

However she returned for five more

years teaching in an elementary

classroom before starting her work

with preservice teachers with the

Graduate Teacher Education Program

at Portland State in the fall of 1999.


Barb received her doctorate in Educational Leadership at PSU in June 2004.† Her doctoral work entailed studying whether a teacher education program can influence the development of teachers as change agents.† In the last year she has been part of a collaborative effort with general education and special education developing a dual licensure program in secondary content area and special education. As part of that she has been involved in research in preservice general ed/special ed collaboration.† She looks forward to continuing her work with preservice and inservice teachers, nurturing their work in 21st century public school classrooms. Her work also includes exploring the connections in the area of neuroscience and learning in the classroom.

Mailing address

Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR† 97207-0751

Contact Information

Office 578 ED

Phone: 503-725-4025
Fax: 503-725-8475