B. Arch, University of Tennessee
M.S. in Child Development, Auburn University(specializing in the design of environments for children)
Special Thesis: Outreach Initiatives
BSCI 1100: History and Introduction to Construction
BSCI 1200: Working Drawings & Specifications
BSCI 2300: Materials Methods & Equipment 1
BSCI 2350: Materials Methods & Equipment 2
BSCI 2008 Summer Study Abroad
Professor Ruth is a licensed architect in Alabama and Tennessee and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). She joined the Building Science faculty in 2000. Her areas of interest and research are construction history and civic engagement. She has been active in study abroad, service learning, and collaborative outreach initiatives for Auburn City Schools, the Lee County Humane Society, Auburn Daycare Centers, and East Alabama AIDS Outreach. In 2009, she was named the Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, the nation’s largest organization serving the construction industry.
Selected Publications and Presentations:
Calling All History Buffs: Your Construction Heritage and the AGC. A joint presentation with Professor Brian Bowen, Professor of Practice at Georgia Tech. Presented at the 91st Annual Convention of the Associated General Contractors (AGC). March 19, 2010. Orlando, Florida.
The Built Projects of Collaborations between Design and Construction Education Students and the Contributions of D. K. Ruth. (in press) Proceedings of ConnectED 2010 International Conference on Design Education.
Current & Recent Projects:
“Habitat for Humanity’s Best Friend”. A service learning project of BSCI 1200 Working Drawings & Specifications involving the design and construction of doghouses for the Lee County Humane Society. Supported by funding from the McWhorter School of Building Science; Spring 2010.
“Continuing the Work; the Community Outreach Initiative for Design and Construction”. Funded jointly by the Office of the Vice President for Outreach and the McWhorter School of Building Science; Fall 2010 & Spring 2011.
“The Construction History Textbook Project”. Supported by funding from the Daniel F. Breeden Endowed Grant Program and the College of Architecture Design and Construction; 2008.
“A Community Outreach Center for Design and Construction”. Funded by the Office of the Vice President for Outreach; 2005.
Areas of Specialty:
Civic Engagement / Outreach / Service Learning
History of Construction
Design of Environments for Children