Patricia M. King

Professor; SOE Ombudsperson

Patricia M. King, School of Education

Patricia King’s teaching and research focus on the learning and development of adolescents and adults, especially college students. She is interested in approaches to student development that explore the intersections among developmental domains, such as intellectual, identity, and social development, and how these affect a range of collegiate outcomes, such as intercultural maturity, citizenship, and character development. Her current work focuses on liberal arts education and the kinds of educational experiences that lead to self-authorship; this project, the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education, is sponsored by the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College. She has co-authored two books, Developing Reflective Judgment (with Karen Strohm Kitchener) and Learning Partnerships: Theory and Models of Practice to Educate for Self-Authorship (with Marcia Baxter Magolda). She served as the founding editor of the national magazine, About Campus: Enriching the Student Learning Experience, which is sponsored by the American College Personnel Association.

King is a member of the Rackham Graduate School's Faculty Allies for Diversity, a group that is concerned with issues of recruitment, admissions, retention and completion.

In addition to her faculty roles, she served as director of the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan from 2003-2006, as chair of the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Bowling Green State University from 1993-1998, and as assistant vice president for student services at Ohio State University from 1979-81, and has also served on several advisory boards for the American Association of Colleges and Universities. She is a senior scholar of the American College Personnel Association and received its Contribution to Knowledge Award in 1996. She received the Robert Shaffer Award for Contributions of a Graduate Faculty Member to Student Affairs from the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators in 1995. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota in educational psychology.

King teaches courses in the following program(s):
Academic Affairs and Student Development
Higher Education
Combined Program in Education and Psychology
Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education
Higher Education Student Access and Success





2/1/1998 - 1/1/2000 Becoming a Multiculturally Competent Student Affairs Professional
Granting Agency: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators/Ford Foundation

2/1/1990 - 1/1/1994 Assessing Reflective Thinking within Curricular Contexts
Granting Agency: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education

2/1/2004 - 1/1/2011 Liberal Arts Education: A Study of Practices and Outcomes (National Study of Liberal Arts Education)
Granting Agency: Wabash College

Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Fall 2015 EDUC 771. Topics in Higher and Postsecondary Education EDUC 771. Social Justice Education and Research

Fall 2012 EDUC 663. Organizing for Learning EDUC 663. Organizing for Learning in Collegiate Contexts

Winter 2012 EDUC 777. Administrative Practicum in Higher and Continuing Education EDUC 777. Administrative Practicum

Fall 2015 EDUC 662. Learning and Development in Higher Education EDUC 662. Learning and Development in Higher Education


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Curriculum Vitae