Scott Ramsey | Prescott College

Scott Ramsey

Academic Statement

Scott Ramsey, PhD. is an associate faculty in Prescott College's Sustainability Education Doctoral Program, teaching two core courses for the program, Sustainability Theory and Practice and Climate Change: Ecological, Economic, and Cultural Implications.  In addition, Scott instructs a variety of diverse courses for Prescott College including, Ecological Literacy for Outdoor Educators, Successful Interdisciplinary Learning Strategies, and Environmental Perspectives and Rafting Alaska.

Scott’s passion for the natural world fuels his desire to teach, engage, and inspire students to create a sustainable future through education and stewardship. Degrees of a B.A. in Liberal Arts Management, an M.A. in Environmental Studies, and a doctorate in Sustainability Education has offered him a multi-disciplinary foundation.  His decades of involvement as a wilderness guide and environmental educator along with experience living ‘off the grid’ in Alaska have given him unique insight into the complexities and connections existing between systems. Sharing this transdisciplinary background and experiential approach to learning, he has mentored several independent study courses such as Protect the Hydrosphere: Water Conservation Education & Application Practices and Systems Theory for the Anthropocene: An Exploratory Survey of Human-centered Solutions to Climate Change.

This applied learning approach that empowers students’ highest interests, develops and strengthens support networks, and offers engagement in community-based experiential learning opportunities is at the heart of Scott’s pedagogical approach. Nestled within his teaching philosophy is the belief that there are some vital components important to adequately addressing environmental and sustainability issues.  One essential element is the appreciation that we cannot fully address environmental and sustainability issues without addressing social inequities.  Thus, promoting and celebrating social and cultural diversity has always been an ongoing, vital part of his approach.  Extending this respect beyond the confines of the human world, Scott also believes that a strong connection to nature is paramount.  He brings this versatility of approach and passion to the classroom whether it is in the field, in the lecture hall, or within the online platform. 

Inspired by the wisdom of nature’s living classroom of Alaska, Scott started the Alaska Outdoor Science School (AOSS), which operates multi-day experiential courses in environmental education and sustainability.  One of the main courses offered to colleges across the country is a transdisciplinary course called Cultural and Ecological Sustainability.  It is a profound way to learn about climate change, walking on melting glaciers, rafting on their melting water, and exploring the ecological implications as well as the impact it is having on the culture of the Tlingit people.


B.A. Liberal Arts Management, Virginia Wesleyan College

M.A. Environmental Studies, The College of William and Mary

         Thesis:  Social and Ecological Implications of the Proposed Lake Gaston Water Pipeline

Ph.D. Sustainability Education, Prescott College

        Dissertation:  The Effects of Living Water on Participants' Connection to Nature


Ramsey, S. (in press). Our Blue Mind: Lessons for a Changing Climate.

Journal of Sustainability Education.

Nichols, W. & Ramsey, S. (2019). Your Brain on a Boat.

Nichols, W. & Ramsey, S. (2018). Water is Medicine. Blue Mind Summit

Presentation, Monterey, CA.

Ramsey, S. (2018). Dancing to the River to the Center of the Universe. In B. Kurtz. (Eds.), Why We Boat: Running Rivers on Our Own (pp. 132-140). Vishnu Temple Press.

Ramsey, S. (2018). The Effects of Living Water on Participants' Connection to Nature (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database.


“Talk About Teaching: Integrating Climate Neutrality and Sustainability into Courses.” (2019). Virginia Wesleyan University. Virginia Beach, V.A.

“The Science of Water.” (2019). Aquecencion: Gathering for Water. Haines, Alaska.

“Protecting the Chilkat River, Our Ecological, Economic, and Cultural Connection.” Chilkat Valley Mining Forum. Haines, AK. 

“Blue Mind: Our Innate Connection to Water” (2018). On Deck Speaker Series for Virginia Wesleyan University. Virginia Beach, V.A.

“How Liberal Arts Schools Are Well-Positioned to Teach Sustainability” (2018). Virginia Wesleyan University. Virginia Beach, V.A.

 “Cultural and Ecological Sustainability” (2019). California State San Marcos. San Marcos, C.A.

 “Cultural and Ecological Sustainability” (2018). Warren Wilson College. Asheville, N.C.

“Cultural and Ecological Sustainability” (2018). Appalachian State University. Boone, N.C.

“Cultural and Ecological Sustainability” (2018). Virginia Wesleyan University. Virginia Beach, V.A.

“Cultural and Ecological Sustainability” (2018). Lynchburg University. Lynchburg, V.A.

“Our Blue Mind” (2017). On Deck Speaker Series for Virginia Wesleyan University. Virginia Beach, V.A.


“Biophilia and Ways of Knowing” (2020). Prescott College. Prescott, AZ.

“Learning Theory to Successfully Design Independent Courses” (2020). Prescott College. Prescott, AZ.