Amy Rutstein-Riley, PhD, MPH

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Amy is a highly collaborative leader, seasoned educator, and interdisciplinary scholar. Her current research activities focus on Women’s Leadership in Higher Education, Trauma-informed Leadership, and girls’ and emerging adult women’s development.

Prior to joining the Graduate School of Leadership and Change, for the past eighteen years, she has served in a number of roles at Lesley University, including Director of the PhD Specialization in Adult Learning and Development, Dean of the Faculty, Chair of the PhD in Education Studies, Dean of the Graduate School of Education, and, most recently, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs. As an Associate Professor of Sociology, Amy taught undergraduate and graduate courses in a wide range of topics, including Health Care and Society; Race, Class, and Gender; Interdisciplinary Inquiry; Qualitative Research Methods; Body Image; and Ways of Knowing. In the Graduate School of Education, Amy taught courses in qualitative research, adult learning and development, and dissertation seminars. She has mentored many students on the path to completing their PhDs. Her own academic training includes an MPH in Public Health, Epidemiology, and Social and Behavioral Sciences from Boston University’s School of Public Health, and a PhD in Educational Studies, with a specialization in Sociology and Women’s Health, from Lesley University.

Amy Rutstein-Riley

Associate Dean

Graduate School of Leadership and Change

  • Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies, Specialization in Sociology and Women’s Health
  • Columbia University School of Public Health, School of Medicine, New York, New York, Doctoral coursework in Psychiatric Epidemiology, Department of Sociomedical Sciences
  • Boston University School of Public Health, School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, Master of Public Health, Epidemiology and Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
  • Dixon, S. T. S., Niewoehner-Green, J. E., Smulowitz, S. M., Smith, D., Rutstein-Riley, A., & Thomas, T. (2022). Girl & young women’s leadership identity development: A review. [Under review at Gender in Management]
  • International Leadership Association, Women’s Research Colloquium. Girls’ and Young Women’s Research Group (June 2021-present)
  • Direiter, D., Rutstein-Riley, A. & Spadorcia, S. (Eds.). Leadership enrichment and development: Peer and self-mentoring of women in higher education. Routledge Studies in Leadership Research. NY: Routledge & Taylor Francis. Forthcoming 2021.
  • Gammel, J.A., Motulsky, S. L. & Rutstein-Riley, A. (Series Eds.). (2019). Identity and Lifelong Learning in Higher Education Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Gammel, J.A., Motulsky, S. L. & Rutstein-Riley, A. (2019). I am what I become: Constructing identities as lifelong learners (preface). In: Identity and Lifelong Learning in Higher Education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. & Ziergiebel, A. (2019). The work of girlhood: An invitation to examine self and identity. In: Identity and Lifelong Learning in Higher Education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. & Ziergiebel, A. (2018). 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, v28 (2-3), p. 158-176
  • Gammel, J.A., Motulsky, S.L., & Rutstein-Riley, A. (2017). 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. http://www.thegirlhoodproject.org/
  • 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. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tl.2016.2016.issue-147/issuetoc
  • Gammel, J.A., & Rutstein-Riley, A. (2016, Autumn). A relational approach to mentoring women doctoral students. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 147, 27-35. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tl.2016.2016.issue-147/issuetocin
  • 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. http://books.emeraldinsight.com/display.asp?K=9781785601354
  • 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. 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: Rodolpi Press.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2005). Through the Lens of Relationship: Young Adult Women Make Meaning of Health and Illness. Unpublished Dissertation, Lesley University.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. & Boepple, P. (2003). Clinical Investigation, an Emerging Field of Health-related Graduate Studies. The Advisor, NAAHP, Vol 23, No. 3.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. & Spadorcia, S. (2022). Belonging and Inclusion: Co-constructing a feminist self and peer mentoring group. International Leadership Association Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Virtual Summit.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. & Ziergiebel, A. (2021). Pathways to Resilience: Intersectional and intergenerational feminist work. Hot Topics Pane. ResilienceCon 2021.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2017). LEAD Revisited: Reflections on Feminist Leadership Development for Women Faculty, Lesley University Community of Scholars.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A., Direiter, D. & Spadorcia S. Leadership Development for Women Faculty. 3rd Biennial International Leadership Association Women and Leadership Conference Rhinebeck, NY.
  • 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., Litcuchy, 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., 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). ELIS Faculty Lunch and Learn: Teaching with social media. Cambridge: Lesley 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.
  • Yant, Kaley Littlefield, 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 a 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.
  • Rutstein-Riley, A. (2002). Young adult women conceptualize and make meaning of health and illness experiences: Development of a woman-centered medical epistemology. 8th Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference. Banff, Canada.
  • The Girlhood Project, $25,000 donor gift, Margaret McKenna, President Emeritus, Lesley University
  • Avon Foundation for Women: The National Leadership Institute: Changing the Narrative on Campus Gender-Based Violence. Awarded $10,000 in support of gender-based violence prevention program development to be facilitated by the LU Women’s Center. (2016). (Direiter & Rutstein-Riley)
  • Massachusetts ACE Women’s Network: 2016 Recipient of Emerging Leader Award
  • American Association of University Women Community Action Grant for The Girlhood Project and Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) to collaborate on gender-based violence prevention program with middle school girls and Lesley University TGP participants (submitted 2017)
  • DOJ OVW Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program: Submitted application for 3-year $300,00 grant in support of SAIL Program at Lesley University (2013): unfunded
  • American Association of University Women Community Action Grant (2011-13) Awarded $10,000 grant to fund service project and research activities of Girlhood, Identity, and Girl Culture, Girls, Media, and You!
  • Reebok Foundation Grant 2011 Awarded a small grant, $3,500, to fund the service project component of Girlhood, Identity, and Girl Culture, Girls, Media, and You!
  • Lesley University, CTLS Grant Award, 2014
  • Awarded Emerging Adulthood, Social Media, and Feminist Identity, Lesley University, Faculty Sabbatical Award, Fall 2012
  • Girlhood, Identity & Girl Culture, Lesley University Faculty Development Grant 2010-11 & 12-13
  • Girlhood, Identity, and Girl Culture; Grant for preliminary data analysis. Lesley College Faculty Research Fellowship 2010-11
  • Girlhood, Identity, and Girl Culture; Research Release 2010. Lesley University Faculty Travel Grant – 2005-2014
  • Lesley University Girls’ Studies, Body Image, and Media Literacy project, funded by Learn and Serve America through the Corporation for National and Community Service and was made possible by a grant from Rhode Island Campus Compact in collaboration with Massachusetts Campus Compact. (2007-09)
  • Partners in Excellence Award Recipient, MGH, Partners Healthcare, 2000
  • Bay State College President’s Award for Excellence Recipient, 1996
  • Bay State College Faculty Excellence Award, 1990-1991
  • International Leadership Association
  • American Council on Education
  • American Public Health Association
  • National Women’s Studies Association
  • Girls’ and Girlhood Studies Section, NWSA
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