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James Ruby

James Ruby

California State University, Fullerton

Fullerton, CA USA

"No experience or time spent in a job is ever wasted time. We can learn from everything and every experience contributes to the next phase of life."

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James's work combines: Education, Non-Profit Organizations, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

University Professor

I teach students in the disciplines of Human Services and Counseling

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Fern Creek High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Religion/Religious Studies

    Western Kentucky University

  • Graduate Degree

    Counseling Psychology

    Northeastern Illinois University

  • Doctorate

    Research Methodology & Human Development

    Loyola University Chicago

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an University Professor:

Bachelor's Degree: Religion/Religious Studies

Graduate Degree: Counseling Psychology

Doctorate: Research Methodology & Human Development

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Graduated with my BA from Western KY University

  • 2.

    Got married to my wonderful wife

  • 3.

    My wife and I had our first son

  • 4.

    Completed my MA in Counseling from Northeastern IL University

  • 5.

    My wife and I had our second son

  • 6.

    Accepted my first university teaching position

  • 7.

    Completed my PhD in Research Methodology & Human Development from Loyola University, Chicago

  • 8.

    Moved my family to Southern California to begin my work at California State University, Fullerton

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    There was a philosophy that a person was supposed to know everything about their future when they were young and that was definitely not my situation. I felt like I was somehow missing something because I didn't know everything about my own future.

  • How I responded:

    I came to believe that a person has more time than they think and it is completely normal to change one's mind about their career a few times. In fact, no experience or time spent in a job is ever wasted time. We can learn from everything and every experience contributes to the next phase of life. My time in the profession I had after graduating from college is very different from the one I am in today, but it informed me as a person and my career today.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I had to work my way through school - from my undergraduate degree all the way through my doctorate. I gave myself permission to go a bit more slowly and enjoy life along the way. I embraced the truth that life is not a race!