Marleen Ramsey, Ph.D.
Marleen Ramsey is currently the Vice President of Instruction at Walla Walla Community College. She is an adjunct at Gonzaga University in the Master’s in Organizational Leadership program teaching, “Servant Leadership, Restorative Justice, and Forgiveness.” Marleen has spent her professional life in academia, teaching counseling and psychology on the undergraduate and graduate levels and later in educational administration. During her years at WWCC she has been involved in several classroom research and assessment projects which culminated in two videos on classroom assessment, and one book (unpublished), Assessment and Critical Thinking.
She co-authored two books with Dr. Jon Stratton, A compendium of CATs, and Critical thinking: A handbook for college teachers. She has also co-authored with Dr. Shann Ferch a paper entitled, “Sacred conversation: Making meaning in the midst of chronic pain and illness, A spiritual response to unavoidable suffering”, which was published in the Canadian Journal of Counseling. In 2006 her paper entitled, “Servant leadership and unconditional forgiveness: The lives of six South African perpetrators” was published in the International Journal of Servant Leadership. She has received recognition as an educator receiving the NISOD Excellence Award for Teaching in 1994, AAWCC Excellence Award in 1995 for outstanding contributions to WWCC in supporting women in the workplace, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 1996 and 1999.
In 2002, while on sabbatical, she interviewed political perpetrators who had committed human rights atrocities during the apartheid era and had received political amnesty through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and forgiveness from family members of their victims. In 2004 she received an invitation and participated in the Women in Leadership Conference at an Oxford Roundtable, Oxford, England. In November 2006 she presented a paper at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, regarding her research with political perpetrators and their experience of forgiveness during the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings.
In 2007 she was invited to write a chapter with the University of Cape Town Psychology Department in the publication of a book called, “The Unfinished Journey: Narrative, Memory, and Forgiveness.” This book was released in August, 2009.
During the summer of 2008 she participated in the first European Servant Leadership Roundtable in Rotterdam, Holland. In November, 2009, she along with several colleagues facilitated a roundtable focusing on the principles of “Servant Leadership” at the International Leadership Association Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. Most recently her collaborations have been in conjunction with Dr. Ann Dinan and the Ubuntu Leadership Institute.