Matthew Ruane

Adjunct Faculty | School of Arts and Communication

Honors Faculty Fellow

Contact Information

Educational Background

PhD (Higher Education and Policy Studies) University of Central Florida 2014

PhD (ABD) (British History) University of Delaware 1997

M.A. (History) University of Delaware 1991

B.A. (History and Political Science) McGill University 1988

Professional Experience

Adjunct Faculty, September 2021 to present

Honors Faculty Fellow, Florida Institute of Technology, August 2019 to present

Director of Academic Program Assessment, Florida Institute of Technology, August 2016 to August 2021

Assistant Professor, Florida Institute of Technology, January 2015 to September 2021

Instructor, Florida Institute of Technology, Aug 2000 - Dec 2014

Instructor, Asian Studies Institute, Florida Institute of Technology, 2011-2018

Instructor and Assistant Program Coordinator, Florida Institute of Technology Summer Abroad Program, Jesus College (Oxford University), Summers 2007, 2008

Visiting Teaching Associate, Florida Institute of Technology, Aug 1999 to July 2000 

Additional Duties

Vice-President/President-Elect, Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) Alumni Chapter, Honolulu, HI, 2020-2022

National Secretary, Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) Alumni Chapter, Honolulu, HI, 2016-2020

Chair, Academic Program Assessment Committee (APAC), 2016-present

Chair, General Education Assessment Divisional Review Committee (GEDRC), 2011-present (Co-Chair, 2014-2016)

Member, APAC Committee, 2010-2016

Chair, Humanities Assessment Committee, 2011-2017

Assessment Coordinator (AC) , School of Arts and Communication, 2010-2017

Divisional Review Committee (DRC) Co-Chair, College of Psychology and Liberal Arts, 2010-present

Chair, Humanities Textbook Committee, 2007-2014, 2016 to present

Chair, Florida Tech Asian Studies Team (FITAST), 2019 to present

Secretary, Florida Tech Asian Studies Team (FITAST), 2015-2019

Faculty Advisor, FITSFF, 2011-present

Lab Administrator, School of Arts and Communication, 2005-2017

Member, University Retention Committee, 2012-2013

Current Courses

US History 1, 1492-1865

US History 2, 1865 to the present

History of Science 2: Renaissance to the Present

Introduction to Mythology

World War II in Film: Europe & World War II in Film: Pacific (alternating summers)

World War I

Previous Courses Taught:

Junior Seminar in the Humanities (Alternate History); Introduction to Western Civilization 1; Introduction to Western Civilization 2; History of Science 1: Antiquity to the Renaissance

Special Topics Courses:

History of Canada; History of Modern Britain, 1875-Present; History of British India; 19th century British Literature (team taught w/ Dr. Lisa Perdigao); The American West through Film; The Austro-Hungarian Empire: History, Society & Culture (travel course); London: History, Society & Culture (travel course)

Independent Study Courses:

Nazi Germany as Portrayed in Film & Literature; America's Vietnam Experience; Military History of Ancient Rome; The 100 Years War: A Comprehensive Overview; Science Fiction Literature; America's War in Vietnam; Britain and World War Two; Samurai in Film, History and Literature

Selected Publications

Co-Author (w/ Dr. Robert Taylor), Florida: A Military History, forthcoming

Author, Dark Legacies Campaign Guide, Red Spire Press, 2005

Contributing Author, Transactions of the Royal Martian Geographical Society, Vol 2 , Heliograph Press, 1999

Contributing Author and Editor, Transactions of the Royal Martian Geographical Society, Vol 1, Heliograph Press, 1999

Contributing Researcher, American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists 75th Anniversary Project (1997)

The First World War in British History, Albion (Fall 1996)

Recognition & Awards

East West Center, "Infusing Korean Studies into the undergraduate curriculum," Hawaii, Summer, 2019

Winner, The Kerry Bruce Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching (University-wide award), 2018

Inducted into the national honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, 2016

Applied for NEH Grant, Dialogues on the Experience of War, ($93,452 requested), 2015

Graduate Student Travel Grant ($1000), University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 2014

Freeman Foundation/East West Center, "Infusing East Asian Studies into the undergraduate curriculum," Hawaii, Summer 2012

NEH Foundations Workshop, "Legacies of the Pacific War," Hawaii, Summer 2010

Freeman Foundation/East West Center, "Infusing South Asian Studies into the undergraduate curriculum," Hawaii, Summer 2010


Current Research Interests:

Philanthropic Foundations and Higher Education (Doctoral research)

Florida Military History (Current book research)

British Military Recruitment of Physicians and Surgeons, 1914-1919 (ongoing, original dissertation work)

Pirates and Florida History (ongoing)


ASDP Annual Meeting (virtual), Melbourne, FL, March 2021: Paper Presented, "The Koryo Hall Adventures: Introducing Students to Korea through Role-Playing"

ASDP Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, March 2020: Paper Presented, “Burning Horrors: Chinese Censorship, Roleplaying and The Sassoon Files”

Assessment Institute, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN, October 2019: 60 minute session Presenter, “Transforming STEM to STEAM: Developing Coherent General Education Outcomes”

ASDP Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, March 2019: Paper Presented, “‘Sword and mind must be united:’ Approaches to teaching about samurai through film, literature and culture.”

PCAS/ACAS Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, October 2018: Paper Presented, “Consuming D&D: How Online Streaming Has Transformed Dungeons & Dragons.”

Florida Historical Society (FHS) Annual Meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 2018: Paper Presented, “Transforming a University? A History of the Relationship between the Florida Institute of Technology and the F. W. Olin Foundation.”

ASDP Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, March 2018: Paper Presented, “There and Back Again: Using “Journey to the West” in an Introduction to Mythology Course”

PCAS/ACAS Annual Conference, Savannah, GA, October 2017: Paper Presented, “Sleepy Hollow: Creating a new American Myth”

ASDP Annual Meeting, Portland OR, March 2017: Paper Presented, “Adapting the Infusing Experience: Lessons Learned from Teaching “HUM 3085: The British Empire and South Asia””

Shell Shock: A Case Study of Military Justice during the Battle of the SommePaper Presented,  Southern Conference on British Studies (SCBS) Annual Meeting, St. Petersburg, FL, November 2016

Transforming STEM to STEAM: Infusing Asian content into courses at a technological universityPaper Presented, ASDP Annual Conference, Washington, DC, March 2016

Sleepy Hollow: The Intertexuality between Legends, Quasi-History and Entertainment, Paper Presented, PCAS/ACAS Annual Conference, Wilmington NC, October 2015

Let’s Go a Viking! Romping & Pillaging through "Vikings" Intertextuality, Paper Presented, PCAS/ACAS Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, October 2014

Pedagogical Issues with Infusing South Asian Studies into the College Curriculum, Paper Presented, ASDP Annual Conference, Houston, TX, March 2014

Foundations and Higher Education: A Brief Overview of a Contentious Relationship, Paper Presented, IPAC Conference, Orlando, FL 2013

Realism and Escapism: The Emergence of the Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction Genres in Film and TV, 1950-2012, Roundatbale Participant, SAMLA Conference, Raleigh, NC, Fall 2012

Realism and Escapism: The Emergence of the Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction Genres in Film and TV, 1950-2012, Roundtable Participant, IAFA National Conference, Orlando, FL, Spring 2012

Metal Love: Robots, Cyborgs, Androids and Love in the Worlds of Sci-Fi, Paper Presented, Biennial Slayage Conference, St. Augustine, FL, June 2010

Galaticanautica: Comparing BSG to Themes in the Argonautica, Paper Presented, PCA/ACA Annual Conference, Boston, MA, April 2008

Shades of Athena: General Mythological Themes in BSG, Paper Presented, PCA/ACA Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, April 2007

Research & Project Interests

History of Philanthropy in Higher Education

Late 19th/early 20th c. Britain

Military History