Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dr. Martin Ratcliffe left his homeland of Zimbabwe in January 1984, to follow the calling to America. Dr. Ratcliffe has taught in public schools in Zimbabwe and Florida, serving as a head administrator in Zimbabwe and in a number of private Christian schools in the U.S. Prior to entering higher education. He was an assistant education professor at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, and also served as an assistant elementary education professor at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. He has a passion to see students change their world for the good by becoming servant leaders.
Dr. Ratcliffe also desires to share his doctoral research with educators at all levels—from future teachers to school superintendents—to help them increase their effectiveness in using research-based educational strategies to effect change in student academics. Dr. Ratcliffe co-authored Schools that Make the Grade: What Successful Schools Do to Improve Student Achievement, based on his doctoral dissertation. This book encourages and equips teachers to serve as highly-effective educators in this era of accountability. Dr. Ratcliffe also teamed up with his former dean as a motivational speaker to bring a message of hope to educators.
Dr. Ratcliffe believes that a clear philosophy of life and education will enable students to fulfill their calling as educators and "fly like eagles."
Dr. Ratcliffe has taught a plethora of undergraduate and graduate level traditional and online courses, focusing on research and assessment classes, particularly educational leadership courses including school administration.
Dr. Ratcliffe is has been married to his ever-loving wife, Shirley, since 1981. He is very proud of their two awesome sons, their lovely wives, and five amazing and adorable grandchildren.