Amy Rutstein-Riley

Dean of Faculty

Amy Rustein Riley

Amy Rutstein-Riley, PhD, MPH, is Dean of Faculty and directs the Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship. She holds a joint appointment in Sociology in PhD Program in Educational Studies in the Graduate School of Education and the Social Science Division of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Amy teaches courses in medical sociology, women’s studies, girls’ studies, research methods, adult learning and development, and interdisciplinary inquiry.

She is the principal investigator of The Girlhood Project, The Girlhood Project. Amy serves as Co-chair of the Lesley University Women’s Studies Steering Committee and the Women’s Center, and co-facilitates LEAD, leadership enrichment and development for women core faculty. Amy started The Girlhood Project in 2008, which brings together undergraduate and adolescent girls to talk freely about identity, body image, critical media literacy, and relationship health. 

Amy is a recipient of the prestigious American Association of University Women's Community Action Grant, which provides funding for projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. The project, which she worked on with Lesley Associate Dean for Career and Community Service Alice Diamond, is entitled Girls, Media, and You!

Education

BA, Simmons College
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health
PhD, Lesley University

Selected Publications

  • Gammel, J.A., Motulsky, S. L. & Rutstein-Riley, A. (Eds.). (accepted book agreement).  Constructing Identity as a Lifelong Learner.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. & Ziergiebel, A. (in review). Feminist relational practice: Emerging scholars discover the disorienting dilemma of leadership and transformation. Submitted to Feminist Teacher, A Journal of Feminist Theory and Practice. U of Illinois Press.
  • Gammel, J.A., Motulsky, S.L., & Rutstein-Riley, A. (in press).  Relational Mentoring in Higher Education.  In Knox, A., Conceição, S. and Martin, L. (Eds.)  International Compendium of Adult & Continuing Education. Sterling, VA:  Stylus Press.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A., Levine, J. & Tucker, K. (2016-present). The Girlhood Project.
  • Cohen, J.B., Gammel, J.A., & Rutstein-Riley, A. (Eds.). (2016, Autumn).  Special Issue on Transformative Learning and Adult Higher Education. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 147. 
  • Gammel, J.A., & Rutstein-Riley, A. (2016, Autumn).  A relational approach to mentoring women doctoral studentsNew Directions for Teaching and Learning, 147, 27-35. 
  • Cohen, J.B., Gammel, J.A., & Rutstein-Riley, A. (2016). Learning like adults.  In Blessinger, P. (Ed.), Special issue on Emerging Directions in Doctoral Education. Innovations in Higher Education Teaching & Learning series. 6, 189-205.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A., Diamond, A., Laflamme, M., Bryant, B., & Walker, J. (2013). “We’re all straight here: “Using Girls’ Groups and Critical Media Literacy to Explore Identity with Middle School Girls, in, Adolescent Girls’ Sexualities and the Media (Anthology). NY: Peter Lang, Mediated Youths Series.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2008). Shifting views of self: Impact of chronic illness diagnosis on young emerging adult women. In, Social Studies of Health, Illness and Disease: Perspectives from the Social Sciences and Humanities. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press.

Selected Presentations

  • Rutstein-Riley, A. & Direiter, D. (2016). Leadership development for women faculty: Knowledge, skills and competencies. 41st Annual Conference of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education. Louisville, KY.
  • Levine, J., Rutstein-Riley, A. & Ziergiebel, A. (2016). The work of girlhood: A journey of relational pedagogy and scholarship. International Girls Studies Association Inaugural Conference. University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
  • Levine, J., Rutstein-Riley, A., Berard, J., Van Demark, K., Chaveson, E., Lituchy, A., Shaw, P., Tucker, K., Bowman, L. (2016). The Girlhood Project: A journey of relational pedagogy and feminist scholarship. Community of Scholars Day 2016, Lesley University Cambridge MA.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A., Direiter, D. & Spadorcia, S. (2016). Leadership development and relational leadership for women faculty. Community of Scholars Day 2016, Lesley University, Cambridge MA.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2015). GSOE Focus on Faculty Presentation: The Girlhood Project. Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A., Direiter, D. & Spadorcia, S. (2015). Creating a leadership development study group for women faculty: an act of relational leadership. The National Women’s Studies Association Annual National Conference. Milwaukee, WI.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (Chair), Jacobs, A., Clonan-Roy, K. Jacobs, C.E., Pratt-Clarke, M., and Jiminez, J. (2014). Centering girls in acts and analyses of justice. Feminist Transgressions, National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. San Juan, PR.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (Chair), Geillfuss, J., and Elmes, K. (2014). The work of girlhood: Negotiating, challenging, reconceptualizing, and celebrating identity. Feminist Transgressions, National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. San Juan, PR.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (Panel Co-chair), Heller, C., Gurley-Green, S. Ziergiebel, A. (2014). Panel session: Society, history and biography: Grappling with story in context. Individual paper: Stories of girlhood and self: Negotiating identity in girls’ groups. Narrative Matters 2014. Paris: Université Paris Diderot.
  • Gammel, J., Rutstein-Riley, A., & Cohen, J. (2014). IX International Transformative Learning Conference. A Relational Approach to Mentoring Women Doctoral students. NY: Teacher’s College Columbia University.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2014). The Girlhood Project Grows Up: Applications to Life Post-Lesley. Community of Scholars Day, Works in Progress. Cambridge: Lesley University.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2013). PAD: Civic Engagement and the Women’s Studies Curriculum: Challenges and Strategies (Roundtable). National Women’s Studies Association 34th Annual Meeting, Negotiating Points of Encounter. Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2013). The Next Revolution: Re-imagining Young Feminisms, “Empowerment” Programs, and Girls’ & Boys’ Identities (Panel). Teachable Moments: Negotiating Identity and Self in Relationship in Girls’ Groups. National Women’s Studies Association 34th Annual Meeting, Negotiating Points of Encounter. Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. & Gammel, JA. (2013). Relational Mentoring: The Role and Experience of Power in Doctoral Advising. Society for Educating Women Summer Salon. Resisting Amnesia and Creating Community: Educating Women in Thought, Art, and Action. St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2013). George Hein Lecturer and Panelist, Research in Collaboration: From Responding Participants to Inquiring Partners, the George Hein Lecture Series, Lesley University.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (February 2013). Teachable Moments: Negotiating relationships and relational conflict in girls’ groups. Invited Webinar Lecture, Canadian Women’s Foundation.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2012). Teachable Moments: Using Girls’ Groups and Critical Media Literacy to Explore Identity with Middle School Girls and College Women. The Society for Educating Women (SEW), 5th International Conference (Re) Voicing the Lexicon of Educating Women: On Contemporary Feminist Pedagogy. St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. & Gammel, J.A. (2012). What is it about Mentoring Relationships that Energize and Sustain Adult Women Educators and the Women Doctoral Students they Advise? Adult Education Research Conference. Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2012). Student-Scholar-Teacher: Feminist Mentoring. Invited Participant. The Institute for Academic Feminist Psychologists. The 2012 Meeting for Early and Mid-Career Academic Psychologists. San Antonio, TX
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (Panel Chair), Abrahams, L., Buban, J., Harrington, A. (2011). Emergent Doctoral Research in the Field of Emerging Adulthood: An Interactive Panel Presentation. 5th Conference on Emerging Adulthood. Providence, RI.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A., (Co-Chair), (2011). Second New England Women’s Center Conference. Chair, Conference Opening Session; Presenter – Community/University Collaborations; Introduced Conference Plenary; Facilitator, closing session: Women’s Centers, Where do we go from here? Lesley University, Cambridge MA.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A., Diamond, A., Bryant, B., Littlefield, K., Mangone, H., LeCount, D., & Domenech, A. (2011). Student-Scholar-Mentor: A Model of Teaching and Learning Partnerships in a University Classroom. A Community of Scholars, Lesley University, Cambridge MA.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2011). Girlhood, Identity, and Girl Culture – Lessons Learned. 1st International Conference, Women’s Perspectives on Student Development, University of Toronto, OISE Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. & Diamond, A. (2010). Girlhood, Identity, and Girl Culture -- A Research Progress Report on the Impact of a Service Learning Project. Reimagining Girlhood: Communities, Identities, Self-Portrayals, Girls’ Studies Conference, SUNY Cortland.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A., Diamond, A., Laflamme, M., Bryant, B. & McLaughlin, E. (2010). Girlhood, Identity and Girl Culture: A Service-Learning Collaboration between Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Community Partner. Lesley University A Community of Scholars | A Celebration of Research and Inquiry at Lesley University.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A., Diamond, A., Laflamme, M. & Bryant, B. (2010). Girlhood, Identity, and Girl Culture -- A Progress Report on the Impact of a Service Learning Project. New England Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Dartmouth Massachusetts.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. & Vacarr, B. (2009). Walking the Talk of Adult Learning: An Approach to Program Development and Design. Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) 2009 International Conference, Chicago Illinois.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. & Roth, R. (2009). Envisioning a Sociological Imagination for Girls and Young Women: Changing Social Identity and Developing Social Resources. The New England Sociological Association 2009 Spring Conference: “The Sociological Imagination”. Western New England College.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A., Diamond, A., Bryant, B. & Smith, C., (2009). Girls’ Studies and Media Literacy -- A Reflection on the Impact of a Service Learning Project. Lesley University Community of Scholars.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A., Vacarr, B., Strassman, D., Goldman, H. & Jaffe, C. (2009). Research that Transforms Adult Lives. Lesley University Community of Scholars.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. & Diamond, A. (2008). Panel Presentation, Girls’ Work & Work for Girls: Service, Learning, Mentoring. The 18th Annual Women's Studies Conference "Girls' Culture & Girls' Studies: Surviving, Reviving, Celebrating Girlhood." Southern Connecticut State University.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2008). Emerging Adult Women, Illness Experience, and Interaction with the US Health Care System. American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2007). “I am more than my medical record!” A Relationship-centered Approach to Emerging Adult Women’s Health. Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, Waltham MA.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2007). Emerging Adult Women, Illness Narratives, and the Body. The National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, St. Charles, Illinois.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2007). Through the Lens of Relationship: Emerging Adult Women, Illness Experience, and the Construction of Meaning.  Intersectional Models of Women’s Health: Uniting Theory and Practice, Towson University, Towson MD.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2006). Emerging Adult Women and Narratives of Self-Restriction. Appearance Matters 2, Centre for Appearance Research and the British Psychological Society, Bath, UK.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2006). Narrative and Adult Learners.  Narrative Matters 2006 – The Storied Nature of Human Experience: Fact and Fiction. Nova Scotia, Canada, May 2006.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2005). Shifting views of self: Impact of chronic illness diagnosis on young emerging adult women. Making Sense Of: Health, Illness and Disease 4th Global Conference. Mansfield College, Oxford University, UK.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2004). Young adult women's health narratives. Narrative Matters, 2004. Conference Theme: The Power of Story in a Postmodern World. Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2003). “Being more than a medical record.” The importance of connection in young adult women’s health relationships.  2003 Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) Research Network Forum. Wellesley College, Wellesley Massachusetts.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2003). Restricting self: Health as the achievement of the thin ideal. 1st International Conference on Communication, Medicine & Ethics. Cardiff University, Wales, UK.

Grant Awards

Dr. Rutstein-Riley is a recipient of the prestigious American Association of University Women's Community Action Grant, which provides funding for projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. The project, which she worked on with Lesley Associate Dean for Career and Community Service Alice Diamond, is entitled Girls, Media, and You!