Kristin Ritzau, M.A.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology
Phone: (626) 815-6000
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Kristin Ritzau, M.A., has been teaching in the M.A. in Leadership and Leadership Minor programs since 2011, engaging her students in the praxis of self­-examination and application of theory to every­day circumstances. Her experience includes nonprofit event management, church leadership, founding a ministry, and running a homestead with her family in Monrovia. A seasoned speaker and workshop­ leader, Ritzau is also the author of A​ Beautiful Mess: A Perfectionist’s Journey Through Self­-Care​ (Conversant Media Group, 2010). Her main areas of interest are individual identity transformation and organization change theory, as well as incorporating models of nonviolent communication, spiritual formation, and narrative pedagogy. Now pursuing her Ph.D., she seeks to integrate spiritual formation and leadership as she examines sustainability and stewardship for the purpose of restoring broken systems in the world.


  • Ph.D. (in progress), Practical Theology and Spiritual Formation, Claremont School of Theology
  • M.A., Christian Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Communication Studies, Westmont College


  • Certified Spiritual Director

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology


  • Christian Formation and Theology
  • Identity Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Nonviolent Communication and Mediation
  • Organizational Change
  • Organizational Culture

Courses Taught

  • GLDR 502 – Cornerstones of Christian Leadership
  • LDRS 201 – Foundations for Leadership
  • LDRS 333 – Leadership Influence and Impact
  • LDRS 534 – Leader as an Agent of Change