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Office of the Dean Overview

Dean Middleton with students at basketball game

Our Dean's Office is comprised of nationally recognized leaders to help you along with your academic career. Learn more about our leadership team and the resources offered to you in the links below or in the left-side navigation panel.

Renée A. Middleton

Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Sara Helfrich, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Engagement and Outreach
Connie Patterson, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Academic Advising
Maureen Coon

College Coordinating Council


The Patton College prepares educators, practitioners, and human service professionals to be leaders. The Patton College has more than 100 faculty members serving more than 1,500 undergraduate and 900 graduate students. Housed in McCracken Hall, we have a proud history spanning over 125 years. 

The Patton College is the home to excellent academic programs housed in five academic departments: 

Counseling and Higher Education

Human and Consumer Sciences

Educational Studies

Recreation and Sport Pedagogy

Teacher Education

Online and Regional Programs