Ruth M. Olmsted, Ph.D.

Title: Program Director of General Liberal Arts and Judaic Studies
Company: Excelsior College
Location: Clifton Park, New York, United States

Ruth M. Olmsted, Ph.D., Program Director of General Liberal Arts and Judaic Studies at Excelsior College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in liberal arts and higher education.

Drawing upon more than four decades of industry experience, Dr. Olmsted has been serving as a program director of general liberal arts and Judaic studies and the academic director of the study abroad program to Israel at Excelsior College since 2014. Prior to these illustrious roles, she served the college in multiple capacities, including as the associate executive director of the Center for Educational Measurement from 2012 to 2014, the assistant dean and associate dean for test development from 1999 to 2012, and the managing editor of assessment from 1993 to 1999. Commencing her career as an adjunct faculty member in sociology at Chatfield College in 1974, she has additionally served Wilmington College, Southern State Community College, William Penn University and the Sage College of Albany.

Dr. Olmsted holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature, language, history and government from Wilmington College, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in comparative literature from the University of Wisconsin. She is a certified teacher in the states of Iowa and New York. Demonstrating versatility in the field, she has presented at numerous conferences and workshops, having served as a workshop member in a medieval music-drama through the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1979 and 1981. Civically, she has been a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America since 1959 and a member of multiple committees for the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, DC, since 1979.

The editor and translator of a number of books, Dr. Olmsted is a lifetime member of the Modern Language Association, and she has maintained affiliation with the National Council of Teachers of English, the Society for Technical Communication, the National Council on Measurement in Education and the Association for Jewish Studies. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to education, she was a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1988 and has been highlighted in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the Media and Communication, and Who’s Who of American Women.

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