Associate Professor, Nonprofit Management and Criminal Justice
At North Park since: 2004
Pam Ransom believes wholeheartedly in North Park University's mission to prepare students for lives of significance and service, and makes sure each of her classes challenge students to consider how their future careers and lives can embody this. “We have a great opportunity to empower students with firsthand knowledge and real-world experiences, so that they can go out and make their marks on the world,” she says.
Dr. Ransom teaches criminal justice courses for traditional undergraduates and students in the School of Adult Learning, a bachelor's degree completion program designed for working adults. These courses often combine students from both groups in one classroom, offering diverse perspectives and life experiences as they learn together from instructors with real-world professional experience. Dr. Ransom provides many opportunities for all her students to develop valuable professional contacts through internships, guest speakers, and professional interviews. In her Criminal Justice Practicum course, students volunteer in local criminal justice organizations, learning firsthand about the profession and about social problems.
Dr. Ransom has more than 30 years of experience with for profit and nonprofit organizations, government, and juvenile justice. She has served as president of a national consulting firm promoting technology access for people with disabilities, and as senior vice president of a public policy consulting firm in Washington, D.C.
She worked for the DuPage County Youth Home with juvenile offenders, served as deputy director of the Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, as executive director of the Chicago Hearing Society, and as executive director of the Hull House Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
- JD, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
- MSW, George Williams College