Dr. Ruth Caillouet has led Clayton State University’s teacher education academic unit since 2010, as Chair of the Department of Teacher Education.
As a long-time leader in teacher education and English education fields, Dr. Caillouet has recently been in demand from the news media on a variety of teacher education-related subjects, including Clayton State’s “2+2” agreement with Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia public high school graduation rates, changes in Georgia’s teacher certification rules, and the teacher shortage in Georgia.
Her education leadership roles at Clayton State have included serving as director of Professional Education Programs since 2010, serving as the NCATE/PSC Accreditation Review Coordinator in September 2012, and as the M.A.T. and B.A. English Education Program Coordinator from 2008 to 2010. Previously, she served as B.A. English Education Program Coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana State University (2006-2008), Austin Peay State University (2004-2005) and Ashland University (2002-2004).
Prior to her higher education experience, Dr. Caillouet spent 20 years in secondary school classrooms, teaching English in grades seven to 12 in Louisiana.
Also a tenured professor of English Education at Clayton State, her teaching interests include; English Education; Secondary/Middle English Methods; Adolescent Literature; National Writing Project; Composition Pedagogy; Writing Across the Curriculum; GLBTQ Studies; Women’s Studies; and Technology in Education.
Her essay, “To Be Young, Gifted, Black and Lesbian,” won the 2012 Nilsen-Donelson Award for Outstanding Article in ALAN Review and the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award.
In addition to making dozens of presentations nationally and locally on English, education and popular culture, she is the author of 20 refereed journal articles/book chapters and other edited publications. Dr. Caillouet’s most recent submissions is, “A Writer’s Beginnings: Teaching as a Daring Act,” submitted to English Journal.
Dr. Caillouet holds three degrees from Louisiana State University, a B.S. in English Education, an M.A. in English, and a Ph.D. in English with a Doctoral Minor in Curriculum and Instruction. She can be contacted through the Clayton State Office of Media Relations (678-466-4463).