Pamela Taylor

Dr. Taylor is an associate professor at Seattle University and a nationally-recognized circle keeper and trainer.


Her work at SU and throughout the greater Seattle community has focused on raising awareness and deepening understanding about issues related to racial justice and modern-day restorative practices. She primarily teaches the Social Justice for Professional Practice and Multicultural Perspective courses in the College of Education. In the social justice course, there are particular emphases on human rights, grassroots movements, and transformative justice. And for the Multicultural Perspectives course, the pedagogy of circles is practiced.   Dr. Taylor is a nationally recognized circle keeper and trainer. Her circle work has been a long tradition dating back to her coordinating and facilitating groups, as a counselor, social worker, and community organizer. A few years ago, she reconnected with these traditions by joining the Peacemaking and Healing Circle Initiative with the Center for Ethical Leadership, as a consulting affiliate. As such, she has enjoyed keeping and leading innumerable circles and workshops. She especially enjoys special interest circles on topics related to social justice, leadership, and racial healing.   Throughout her professional career — spanning several decades – she has worked in a variety of settings that have intersected across the fields of education, social and human services, and criminal justice. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work, Masters Degree in Social Work, and a Masters of Arts and  Ph.D. both in Education with specializations in Multicultural Education and Curriculum and Instruction. She has extensively studied a wide range of conflict resolution, mediation, and peacemaking circle traditions in programs across the United States and Canada.