Cindy Flood Ries
Associate Professor of Language and Literature
Malone College, 1979, English and Music Education
College of Mt. St. Joseph, 1987, Master of Arts in Education
University of Akron, 2005, Ph.D. in Curricular and Instructional Studies
1979-1989 Louisville High School English teacher
1987-1990 Adjunct Malone College
1990-present Malone University
Recent Scholarly Work
I teach a variety of education and English courses including Eng 120, Elements of English; Eng 145, Principles of Composition; Eng 200, Literature in Society; Eng 390, African American Literature and Culture; Eng 311, Expository Writing; Eng 210, Grammar Review: Educ 305, Adolescent Literature; Educ 437 and 455, Methods courses for Middle Childhood Education and Integrated Language Arts.
Aside from being a teacher, I am, among other things, a mom, grandmother (but please call me "Nan"!) sister, daughter, and friend. My son currently attends Ohio University where he is studying Digital Arts Media, and my daughter, mother of my beautiful, two-year-old twin grandsons, is working toward her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree.
I grew up on a dairy farm in southern Ohio where I learned the value of physical labor. It is also where I learned the value of education. My parents instilled in my brother and me a love of reading at a very early age and encouraged us to aim for all that we could possibly achieve.
I have an intense love for animals, beaches, mountains, traveling, coffee, porch swings, campfires in the fall, and fireplaces in the winter. I am both an extrovert who loves to spend time with friends, family, and students - and an introvert who longs for a quiet house and a good book.
I worship at Highpoint Christian in Clinton, Ohio, where I am involved in a bible study group with 40 other women. It is a growing church with a wonderful mixture of age groups and opportunities for service. I am drawn to all kinds of Christian music whether it is contemporary or sacred. I have adopted Malone University's motto for my life: Christ's Kingdom First. When I am floundering in life's never-ending string of unexpected events or feeling I'm not sure what life is all about, I am reminded of only one thing: Christ's Kingdom First . . . then everything else fades into the background.
"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing,
therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." Stephen Grellet, 1773-1855, French-born Quaker Minister