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Message from the Dean

A Message from Dean Renée A. Middleton

dean bricks headshot smallStudents, alumni, community partners, parents, and friends-- I’d like to wish you a warm welcome to The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education website! I hope you find these pages informative and engaging and that they highlight not only the exciting changes taking place within The Patton College, but also the outstanding students, faculty, and staff that make us unique.

The 2016-17 academic year marks our final year in Lindley Hall until a more modern and state-of-the-art McCracken Hall is unveiled in January 2017. We are excited, even with this temporary transition, as it will be the first time all five of our departments (Counseling and Higher Education, Educational Studies, Human and Consumer Sciences, Recreation and Sport Pedagogy, and Teacher Education) will be co-located under one roof!

While our building may change, our goals will not. Our theme for this academic year is: Our community, our college, our connectedness. Read my welcome back messgage for fall semester.  

We advocate for educational and community-centered goals and initiatives that align with our mission, vision, and values; we unite to achieve positive academic and community-focused outcomes; we seek to inspire our students to take up the cause to help bring about the change they wish to see in the world.

Those goals and initiatives, of course, are always evolving. The Patton College has rigorous accreditation agencies and standards that we adhere to. We remain in a cycle of continuous improvement to ensure college and career readiness. As a result, we have reassessed our own clinical model to better prepare the next generation of teachers and human service professionals educated in The Patton College.

Yes, as the times change, so do we. But we remain – now and always – true to our principles. We are CALLED to Lead!

When I became Dean in 2006, the College developed a plan to achieve national prominence. We developed a four-pronged approach by which we would:

  1. Recruit and retain a diverse faculty and student body.
  2. Increase and enhance our research and scholarship.
  3. Increase contracts and grant development and procurement.
  4. Sustain and improve our school and community partnerships.

Our academic dashboard is available for our viewing and tracking of our progress in these and many other related areas. We have had significant success in these areas. We have become more diverse; our students and faculty have produced important and groundbreaking studies; we’ve remained a pillar of Ohio University and Southeast Ohio; our footprint is felt on the national stage. In March, for example, the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) presented the College with the Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement at a national conference in Las Vegas. We’ve also developed honor societies for students of every major and research interest and have introduced new bachelor’s and master’s programs. In fact, in January, the U.S. News & World Report ranked our online graduate programs 31st out of nearly 1,000 applicants.

As you can see, we have made real, tangible progress – together.

Yet, we cannot rest on our laurels. I firmly believe that our future success hinges on our ability to work with communities, schools, business and industry, and other institutional partners as we prepare and develop educators, practitioners, and human-service professionals who are dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of an ever-evolving society.

I have – and will – commit to these endeavors on a daily basis, and I humbly ask you to join me in doing the same. We have another wonderful academic year ahead of us. Let’s advocate, unite, and inspire the next generation. We truly are CALLED to Lead!


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Renée A. Middleton, Ph.D.
For more information, please contact:
Ohio University
The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education
Office of the Dean
McCracken Hall 102L
Athens, OH 45701-2979