Betty Murakami-Ramalho

business address:

Michigan State University

College of Education

403 Erickson Hall

East Lansing, MI

phone: (517) 353-5461






Educational leadership for Social Justice and Ethics, opportunities for under-represented groups, cross-cultural studies, and international development. Teaching and research interests include educational implementation in underserved areas, cultivation and advancement of students, educators, and their families through engaged practices and post-transformational leadership theories.

Professional and Research Experience

  • Editorial Assistant for the American Educational Research Journal – Section on Social and Institutional Analysis - Michigan State University (2003 – present)

  • Emergent researcher for the US-China consortium, chapter on Leadership and Governance. Michigan State University (2004)
  • Research Assistant – Native American and Higher Education Initiative – Kellogg Foundation (2000-2002)
  • Programs Assistant -- K-12 Educational Administration department - Michigan State University (2001-2003)
  • College Advisor - A&R Educational Opportunities - Brazil (1997–1999)
  • Director - Syrius Dance Studio - Brazil (1983-87)
  • Communications Coordinator / Alumni Relations / Instructor - The American School of São Paulo – Brazil   (1988-2000) 
    As theCommunications Coordinator,  I have:
  • Represented the school in the community at large, acting as a liaison between committees to co-develop fundraising programs  (capital, annual and parent campaigns, phonathons)

  • Created databanks and surveys

  • Contributed as a consultant to other American Schools in Latin America

  • Editor for school-wide publications and videos

  • Created and maintained websites and electronic communications. 

  • Collaborator for the International Educator (TIE) and the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) international newsletters

  • Created a website for the Development department (

  • Administered and supervised duties for a staff of three.  

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As the Alumni Relations, I have:

  • Organized fundraising events, reunions and workshops locally and internationally

  • In a team effort, raised funds for renovation, creation of a new arts center building, scholarships, federal recognition of the institution as a research institute.

  • Created a career network organizing workshops with top local business and political leaders for students and teachers

  • Created a worldwide business network to facilitate communications among alumni and to create internship opportunities for students in all continents.

  • Innovated cultivation and volunteer programs

  • Created and edited a quarterly newsletter

  • Created a website for the Alumni Association (

As the Yearbook Instructor, I have:

  • Created a program that included deep knowledge of teamwork dependent systems, layout and design, multimedia software practice, marketing and advertising project development, graphics and photofilming.

  • The program stressed the importance of collaboration among members of the different teams in order to meet deadlines:  editors, planning team, photographers, grade level and events coordinators, layout and design specialists, index and revision team.

  • Raised approximately US$ 70K in corporation donations for printing and student activities.

As a school community member I have participated in :

  • The Steering committee leader for two chapters for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Accreditation 

  • Coaching

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  • K-12 Educational Leadership with Specialization in International Development - PhD candidate - Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI (to be completed by Spring 2005)
  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching Michigan State University –US & France (1997-1999)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Marketing - Escola Superior P. and Marketing –Brazil (1977-1980)

    Other Programs:

  • Educational Leadership Seminar - Michigan State University –France (1999)
  • Cambridge Information Technology Certificate - University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (1999)
  • Strategic Planning in Corporate Communications - Escola Superior P. and Marketing – Brazil (1996)
  • Executive Business – administration and accounting - Pan American Business School - Los Angeles, CA (1981)
  • Hemingford High School – Hemingford, Nebraska – US (1976)

Teaching Experience

  • EAD 810 Use of Technology in School Administration – Teaching Assistant – Michigan State University (2001-2004)
  • PORT 102 Portuguese - Hybrid Online Course – Conversation Leader – Michigan State University (2003)
  • English as a Second Language Instructor - T V B Language Schools - Brazil (1997–2000)
  • Instructor and Programs Coordinator- Syrius Dance Studio – Brazil (1983-87)




Benham, M. with Murakami-Ramalho, E. (forthcoming, 2003).  Engaging in Educational Leadership: Generosity of Spirit.  In Patrick Jenlink (Ed.). Democracy and Education Reconsidered: Critical Perspectives on Educational Leadership for the New Millennium.  Engaging in Educational Leadership: The Generosity of Spirit.

Van Alstine, M., Murakami-Ramalho, E., & Sanchez, T. (2002). The Story of Crownpoint Institute of Technology and the Alternative Livestock Program. Journal of American Indian Education, 41, 48-57.

Murakami-Ramalho, E. (2002). Globally Mobile: Talking with Ruth Useem and Ann Baker Cottrell about Cross-National Educational Experiences. International Educator, 9, 24-27.

Murakami-Ramalho, E. (1999).  Capoeira is a Combination of Sport and Art.  The International Educator, April 1999.

Other: Murakami-Ramalho, Elizabeth (2000-2003) Editor for K-12 Educational Administration Bulletin - monthly edition sent electronically to K-12 Educational Administration graduate students.

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Website Development

Murakami-Ramalho, Elizabeth (2001-2003) SAGE - Scholars and Advocates for Gender Equity - Website created for AERA (American Educational Research Association). Provides links and abstracts on issues related to the latest concerns in gender equity.

Murakami-Ramalho, Elizabeth (2001-current) NAHEI Website - Native American Higher Education Initiative.  Website created to document the development of the initiative since 2000.

Murakami-Ramalho, E. and Elam, P. (2001)  Risk and Resilience Website - Factors related to successful outcomes in at-risk children.  Website developed by Betty Murakami-Ramalho and Paul Elam for Dr. Tom Luster, Family and Child Ecology at Michigan State University, Spring 2001.


Professional Conferences & Presentations

Murakami-Ramalho E. (2004) Engaged Leadership: Engaged Leaders for Engaged Communities. Poster Presentation at the American Education Research Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, April 13-18, 2004.

Murakami-Ramalho E. (2004) Engaged Leadership: The Value of Learning from an Integrative Perspective. Presentation at the K-12 Educational Administration Symposium, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, January 31, 2004.

Murakami-Ramalho, E. Militello, M., Piert, J. Learning through Practice, Learning Toward Community. Paper presentation at the University Council for Educational Administration Convention 2003 Portland, OR, November 7-9, 2003.

Murakami-Ramalho, E. Militello, M., Piert, J. Learning through Practice, Learning Toward Community. Paper presentation at the K-12 Educational Administration Symposium, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, October , 2004.

Witveen, G., Murakami-Ramalho, E., Lubeski, N., Subedi, D. (2003) International Education, One Person at a Time. Presentation at the Comparative and International Education Society—Midwest Regional Conference, Ypsilanti, MI, October 24, 25, 2003.

Murakami-Ramalho, E. (2003). World Citizens Wanted:  Positive Influences of Hybrid Policies and Practices in American Schools Overseas. Paper Presentation at the 47th Annual Comparative and International Education Society, New Orleans, LA, March 12-16, 2003.

Murakami-Ramalho, E. & Wilcox-Frazier, K. (2002). Gender Equity Review:  Gender Studies Literature in AERA Sponsored Journals, 1990-2001.  Paper Presentation at University Council for Educational Administration Convention 2002, Pittsburgh, PA, November 1-3, 2002.

Murakami-Ramalho, E. & Wilcox-Frazier, K. (2002). AERA - American Education Research Association - AERA Journals Review in Gender Equity.  Supported by the Scholars and Advocates for Gender Equity Executive Committee.  Paper Presentation: Scholars and Advocates for Gender Equity Review Gender Studies Literature in AERA Sponsored Journals, 1990-2001. (  Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002.

Murakami-Ramalho, E.; Perez, J.; Cywin, L.; Thakurpa, P.  (2002). Webdesign Workshop (2002) - Michigan State University.  PhD Students in K-12 Educational Administration learned how to construct a website for professional career purposes.  Michigan State University, April 13, 2002.

Murakami-Ramalho, E. (2001).  Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference - Panelist for presentation entitled Leaders in Education. Michigan State University, June 1, 2001.

Benham, M.; Murakami-Ramalho, E.; Militello, M.; Matrone, H. (2001).  Taking Apart How We Think and Do Change Workshop - Co-facilitator for the Saginaw Valley State University Leadership Conference, Saginaw, MI, June 19, 2001.

Murakami-Ramalho, E. (2001).  Brazil - Land of Colors – Cultural Overview Presentation.  Stockbridge Middle School - May 4, 2001.

Murakami-Ramalho, E. (2001).  Japanese Immigration in Brazil – Cultural Overview Presentation at Pattengill Middle School - April 20, 2001.

Murakami-Ramalho, E. (2001).  NAHEI - Native American Higher Education Intitiative - Transcriber and presentation organization support for the conference sponsored by the W.K.Kellogg Foundation., Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 26-29, 2001. 

Murakami-Ramalho, E. (2001).  Cultural Differences - Presentation at the World Speaker Day - Haslett High School, March 2, 2001.

Murakami-Ramalho, E. (2001).  Brazil - Land of Colors - Presentation at Grand Ledge Elementary School - November 11, 2000.

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Awards and Recognition


  • Spencer Fellow - Michigan State Spencer Research Grant Fellowship, 2003.

  • Phi Beta Delta, Alpha Alpha Chapter - Member of the Honor Society for International Students, inducted in 2002.


Volunteer, Community Services and Affiliations

  • AERA – American Educational Research Association
  • Lattice - Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education brings Lansing area teachers and international educators together once a month to learn from each other. - Planning Committee
  • International Students Advisory Committee (ISAC) for the Office of International Students and Scholars at Michigan State University.  Executive Committee – Bylaws and Governance – current member since 2002
  • AAUW - American Association of University Women - membership
  • BCA - Brazilian Community Association at MSU – 2002-2003 President elected 2001-2002 - Secretary elected
  • MSU Comunidad Latino Americana - secretary elected for the executive committee.
  • Comparative and International Educational Society ( - 2003 Conference organization team member.
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  • Spanish, Portuguese, French, Japanese




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