Her first job was teaching elementary school and in one way or anther she’s been in education ever since.
“My Dad worked at a local gas station and he mentioned to a customer that I had applied to Adelphi University. It turned out she’d been a classmate of Ruth S. Harley when Adelphi was still in Brooklyn. When I got to Adelphi, Ruth Harley, the Dean of Women, called me by first name. It made me very comfortable. “
After three years of teaching, Ruth McShane took time off to raise a family. Three children and 15 years later, she returned to Adelphi, starting out as in a part-time hourly clerical job as a typist for Ron Feingold, who was the chair of the Physical Education Department. As she moved from part- to full-time in positions of increasing responsibility, she also earned both her master’s and doctoral degree at Adelphi.
Ms. McShane is the Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.
Excerpted from A Look Back, Adelphi University Magazine – Web, Fall 2009 by Abby Ptachik and Lauren Kalish.
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