Dr. James Ramsey,  Clinical Assistant Professor/Director of the First Year Experience and Developmental Education

What is your education and background?

I earned my Bachelor of Arts from Daemen College in History, Government and Secondary Education.  I eventually received a Master’s from State University of New York at Buffalo in Education Leadership and Policy and a Doctorate in Educational Culture, Policy and Society.  I worked for over 30 years at UB as an Academic Counselor for the Educational Opportunity program. The university has meant a great deal to me and I wouldn’t be here today without the experience.  I started at Medaille on July 2nd.

Tell us about your typical work day…

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I teach two sections of RDG125 – Analytical and Critical Reading for first year students.  I usually do course related things on class days. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I have many meetings regarding the first year experience program and programing for the developmental courses.  I have met a lot of people in Student Affairs, Admissions, the library, Academic Support Center, College Relations, and the honors program to name a few.  Everyone has been great!

What is your favorite part of working at Medaille?

I have had the pleasure of having President Macur’s ear on initiative to improve the retention and academic performance of incoming students.  He has been very supportive of me for my endeavor of improving the first year experience for all students, including our growing population of low income and first generation students.  I have really enjoyed meeting with the President and the cabinet to discuss the initiatives.

Also, I really enjoy teaching RDG125. I get to interact with the freshmen, it is a challenge but I enjoy teaching.

What are your interests and hobbies?

I like gardening and landscaping in the backyard.  I enjoy working out and spend a lot of time at Delaware Park.  I love jazz, so if I get a chance to go to an outdoor jazz concert, it is one of my favorite things to do.  I enjoy trying new recipes from time to time, I love using the recipes with my crock-pot.

If you could eat dinner with one famous person, who would it be?

Muhammad Ali or Barack Obama.  Muhammad Ali is a childhood hero of mine, I admire his stand and how he is true to his conscience of issues of being right and wrong. Barack Obama because he made history and is a strong role model to the young generation who never saw anyone like them.  He has made so much progress in his time as President.  

Describe yourself in 3 words…

Self-reflective.  Passionate. Proud.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?

Without a question, Cairo, Egypt.  I would love to sail the Nile, see the pyramids and sphinxes.

 If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you like to have with you?

BBQ grill, scriptures and some way to communicate – a smart phone?

James Ramsey


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