About Timothy Patterson
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 Education.
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.