University of Vermont

Master of Public Administration

tom patterson

Thomas Patterson, PhD Senior Lecturer and Extension Associate Professor, Emeritus

  • PhD 1984 Indiana University
  • MED 1978 University of Vermont
  • BA 1967 Middlebury College
Areas of Expertise:

media communication, organizational change,
public administration

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Contact Information
Office: Morrill Hall
Phone: 802.656.2001


A former Army officer who served overseas with the Second Infantry Division, Dr. Patterson began his career at UVM in 1973 as an Extension System Farm Safety Specialist and later the Energy Program Coordinator. He chaired the VOTEC Department for seven years prior to becoming a full-time instructor in CDAE. Dr. Patterson is a faculty member in the Master of Public Administration program and taught one of the core courses, PA 302 Public Sector Organizations. He has also been involved in the Belize Semester Abroad Program in Sustainable Development. His research interests included core curriculum development, organizational transformation and change, experiential learning, and first-year student development.

Sample of Courses Taught

CALS 001: Foundations: Communication Methods
CALS 125: Teaching Assistant Development
CDAE 195: Organizational Behavior
CDAE 195: SL: Public Communication Media
PA 302: Public Sector Organizations

Honors and Awards

  • 1996 Joseph E. Carrigan Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and Advising
  • Teaching Award of Merit; National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture


Director of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) First-Year Program
Former Chair of the University Athletic Council
Member of the UVM Athletic Advisory Board
Member, CALS Self-Designed Major Committee

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