Senior Lecturer and Extension Associate Professor, Emeritus

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 chared 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, teaching one of the core courses, PA 302 Public Sector Organizations. And he has also been involved in the Belize Semester Abroad Program in Sustainable Development. His research interests include core curriculum development, organizational transformation and change, experiential learning, and first year student development.


Awards and Recognition

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

Associations and Affiliations

  • 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
Tom Patterson

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

media communication, organizational change, public administration


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