Ruth Beall Heinig earned her bachelor’s degree from Valpariso University and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.
She joined the WMU faculty in 1964 and retired from the University in 1992 after 28 years of distinguished service.
Dr. Heinig has received many accolades over the years for her contributions to her discipline, to the community, and to the university. Nationally recognized for her contributions in the field of creative drama for children, Heinig was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in 1996 and received the 1992 American Alliance of Theatre and Education Creative Drama Award. She is the author of several books, including "Drama Improvisation With Favorite Tales," which received the AATE's 1993 Distinguished Book Award. Heinig and her husband, Dr. Ed J. Heinig, WMU professor emeritus of education, co-chaired the University's 2003 Centennial Celebration Committee
In 2005 Ruth Heinig was named a Distinguished Alumna for Valparaiso University,
the highest distinction the Valparaiso University Alumni Association bestows. Recently She was recognized for her lifetime of work in children’s theatre when she was awarded the 2012 Orlin Corey Medallion Award from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.