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business educator

Ruthann Dirks, business educator. Certified secondary teacher, Indiana, Ohio, adult vocational continuing education, Kansas.


Dirks, Ruthann was born on November 29, 1937 in Wadsworth, Ohio, United States. Daughter of Frank LeRoy Cochran and Pauline Idell (Beheydt) Jerpbak.


Bachelor, Bluffton College, 1959. Master of Education, Wichita State University, 1981. Doctor of Education, Oklahoma State University, 1988.


Consultant, Prairie View Mental Health Center, Newton, Kansas, 1968-1969;lead department secretary, Prairie View Mental Health Center, Newton, Kansas, 1969-1970;legal transcriptionist, Morgan & Reid Law Office, Newton, 1974-1976;adult vocational educator, Newton High School, 1975, 82-85;chair, assistant professor business, Bethel College, Newton, 1965-1966, 70-86;graduate teaching assistant, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, 1986-1987;instructor adult continuing education, Wichita, Kansas, 1988;member adjunct faculty, Butler Community College, ElDorado, Kansas, 1988;assistant professor information processing, communication, business, Emporia (Kansas) State University, since 1988. Consultant General Conference Mennonite Church, Newton, 1963-1965.


  • Certified secondary teacher, Indiana, Ohio, adult vocational continuing education, Kansas.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board of directors Mennonite Mutual Aid, Inc., Goshen, Indiana, 1985-1997. Member International Business Education Association, National Business Education Association, Association Information Systems Professionals (award 1985), Professional Sections International, Association Records Management and Administration, Mountain Plains Business Education Association, Kansas Business Education Association, Delta Pi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Beta Delta.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: private pilot, travel, attending concerts, family, genealogy.


Married Marvin Jacob Dirks, Junior, June 21, 1958. Children: Rachel Leigh, Danielle Suzanne.

Frank LeRoy Cochran Jerpbak

Pauline Idell (Beheydt) Jerpbak

Marvin Jacob Dirks

Rachel Leigh Dirks

Danielle Suzanne Dirks