Assistant Professor



Dr. Jean Ferguson Ruffin is an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Research, and School Improvement. She teaches graduate courses in educational leadership, specializing in school law and educational equity. Her research agenda is primarily focused on the judicial system’s impact on public education, educational equity, and the education of incarcerated youth. Dr. Ruffin served as the associate school superintendent for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. She has also worked with the Southern Regional Education Board as a school improvement and literacy coach. She has held a variety of school and district level leadership positions including high school English teacher, teaching and learning specialist, instructional lead, CTAE director, and school improvement specialist. Prior to becoming an educator, Dr. Ruffin practiced law in south Georgia.  


Education / Degrees

  • B.A., English, Tuskegee University, 1998
  • J.D., Law, Mercer University, 2001
  • Ed.S., Education Administration, University of West Georgia, 2010
  • Ed.D., School Improvement, University of West Georgia, 2018