Through my teaching at Sacred Heart University, I hope to impart on my students a
framework for developing methods and curricula that will be responsive to the dynamic
classrooms in which they will work. Such a framework, built upon the principles of
reflection, curiosity, empathy, and current best practices, will allow my students to
connect with classrooms of diverse students, deliver meaningful and relevant content, and
become and remain passionate educators. 

In addition to my work at Sacred Heart University, I have taught courses on social
studies education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to pursuing my
doctorate, I was a middle and high school social studies teacher for six years in the
Philadelphia metropolitan area. 

Degrees: Ph.D., 2013, Teachers College, Columbia University, Social Studies Education;
M.A., 2006, University of Pennsylvania, History; B.S., 2003, Temple University, Secondary

Dr. Patterson’s research interests include the professional development of social studies
teachers, global education, and comparative international education. He expects that his
research will contribute to the literature on international experiences as a mode of
teacher development, particularly as those experiences relate to the content of social
studies curricula. Most recently Dr. Patterson conducted research in China, observing a
cohort of social studies and humanities teachers who engaged in professional development
at historical and cultural sites across the country. 



You’re Doing What This Summer? Making the Most of International Professional Development, Education Faculty Publications (2014)

The content of social studies curricula make studying abroad during the summer months a win-win...



Teaching About Global Debt In Social Studies Classrooms (with Anand Marri and Scott Wylie), Education Faculty Publications (2012)

The article offers guidelines in teaching high school students about global debt in their social...



Two Sides of the Megalopolis: Educating for Sustainable Citizenship (with Alexander Pope), Education Faculty Publications (2012)

Despite widespread focus on literacy and math at the expense of other subjects, citizenship and...


Contributions to Books


It’s Just Geography: Critical geography and a Critique of Advanced Placement Human Geography (with William Gaudelli), Education Faculty Publications (2013)



Stories of Self and Other: Four In-Service Social Studies Teachers Reflect on Their International Professional Development, Education Faculty Publications (2013)

This study is an examination of the stories four social studies teachers told after participating...