Apr 1, 2013
Text by Cactus May; photos by Ben Siegel
The Patton College prepares educators, practitioners, and human service professionals to be leaders. The college has a proud history spanning over 125 years and a vibrant community of more than 2,100 undergraduate and 800 graduate students. It has distinguished itself by establishing partnerships to address social, economic and educational issues affecting communities worldwide.
In 1886, Ohio University launched the first public teacher preparation program in the state. Today, the Patton College comprises five excellent departments: Counseling and Higher Education, Human and Consumer Sciences, Educational Studies, Recreation and Sport Pedagogy, and Teacher Education.
The George E. Hill Center for Counseling and Research provides opportunities for students to practice counseling skills and for faculty and students to conduct research and training that benefits students, the community and the profession. Gerard Grigsby is a second-year master's counseling student completing his internship by supporting clients at Ohio University Counseling and Psychological Services. Photo by Ben Siegel.
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship is a highly selective program that seeks to recruit and prepare math and science majors or career changers as teachers to work in high-need districts. The Ohio University program is unique in its partnership and support of Appalachian county schools. WWT Fellow Liberty Armstrong, engineer and member of the 2012 cohort, was drawn to the program for the opportunity to serve as a role model to young women who are interested in science, engineering or mathematics fields, and to encourage them to pursue their dreams. Photo by Ben Siegel.
The faculty in teacher preparation believe deeply in the power of clinical experience. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, they have developed yearlong teaching experiences through innovative programs such as the Senior Clinical Experience, the Clinical Master's program and the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships. Extensive clinical experiences build pedagogical skills, affect student learning in schools, and increase job opportunities. Photo by Ben Siegel.
A core value of The Patton College team is to model education through advocacy. Faculty and students in teacher education contribute to the national dialogue on education through innovative scholarship, expert teaching, and service to schools in Southeast Ohio. Additionally, through their partnerships and outreach, they have affected communities worldwide — from helping bring potable water to the children at the Mwanje school in Malawi to hosting education policy forums with parents and teachers in Appalachian schools. Photo by Ben Siegel.
The Patton College Human and Consumer Sciences department is home to the Customer Service Minor. Designed to complement major coursework by deepening important skills of graduates whose careers will put them in close contact with customers, clients, or consumers, the courses focus on leadership and execution of excellent customer service in a variety of settings. Students in Richard Wilhelm's Customer Service Workshop practice service "magic" skills in every class. From a small retail outlet to a major department store, luxury resorts to teaching in a classroom, the service leaders of tomorrow will possess the ability to consistently create a "magical experience" for customers. Photo by Ross Brinkerhoff.
Hospitality is one of the fastest growing sectors in the national economy with more than 50 percent of the American food dollar spent in food service establishments. The Patton College Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism program in the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences aims to create the next generation of leaders who can meet the growing expectations for consumer demand by emphasizing a program that combines educational expertise with innovative up-to-date training and intensive on-the-job experience. Photo by Ben Siegel.
Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development students complete work experiences during sophomore and junior years, with a full time internship completed during the senior year. Students have held internships worldwide. The program works cooperatively with an advisory board composed of retailers, business professionals and educators in related fields who provide opportunities for Retail Merchandising majors. Photo by Ross Brinkerhoff.
Established in 1972 as a practicum site for students majoring in Early Childhood Education, The Patton College Child Development Center is one of the only programs in the region that serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Serving as a model for best practices, the CDC provides young children, students and families opportunities for interaction, engagement and reflection, ultimately growing a vibrant community of lifelong learners. Photo by Ben Siegel.
The mission of the Stevens Literacy Center is to improve lives by researching, developing and promoting literacy across the lifespan. The Stevens Literacy Center houses the Central/Southeast Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program which provides professional development and resources to adult basic education instructors across Ohio, who work with dedicated and motivated adults as they improve their literacy skills. Photo by Ben Siegel.
The Ohio University Upward Bound program provides potential first-generation college students with readiness skills and support services in preparation for a successful transition into college. The OHIO Upward Bound program seeks to foster academic excellence, social leadership and cultural awareness through diverse activities, such as service learning workshops within the community. An example is a recent service project supporting the Southeast Ohio Food Bank. Photo courtesy of the Patton College of Education.