The 2007 recipient of the Graduate School of Education’s Excellence in Teaching Award, presented by the GSE Student Affairs Committee, is Alan Ruby, a senior fellow in GSE’s Policy, Management and Evaluation division.
For this award, GSE singles out those who have a strong commitment to teaching and learning, who demonstrate an interest and enthusiasm for both the course material and for the students, and who are intellectually challenging and stimulating.
An expert on international education reform, globalization, and the role of education in developing economies, Mr. Ruby is known among his students as a dynamic teacher with years of expertise in real-world settings. His challenging classroom style, constructive criticism, and commitment to the exchange of ideas stimulate group discussion, critical thinking, and intellectual growth. In addition, Mr. Ruby is considered an exceptional advisor who is dedicated to his students, providing support and counsel on academic matters as well as career aspirations.
Mr. Ruby joined GSE at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2005 as senior fellow for International Education. In the last nine months, he has represented the school in forums in Thailand, China, and India and led a graduate seminar on globalization and the university. He came to GSE from The Atlantic Philanthropies, an international foundation active in the U.S., Ireland, Vietnam, and South Africa. At Atlantic, he was senior vice president of programs, overseeing the Disadvantaged Children and Youth Program, the Ageing Program, and the Health of Populations Program. Prior to that, he was director of the Human Development Sector for the East Asia Region of the World Bank.