Patricia M. King

Professor; SOE Ombudsperson

Patricia M. King, School of Education

Dr. Patricia M. King is a professor of higher education in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. Her teaching and research focus on the learning and development of college students and young adults. She is interested in approaches to student learning that explore the interactions between student characteristics (such as their expectations, social identities, and developmental levels) and features of their learning environments in curricular, cocurricular, and personal contexts. In studying student development, she is also interested in 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 or moral development. Her current work focuses on the development of self-authorship, especially as it relates to collegiate learning outcomes.

She is a co-PI on the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education. 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) and a monograph, Assessing Meaning Making and Self-Authorship (also with Marcia Baxter Magolda). She served as the founding editor of About Campus: Enriching the Student Learning Experience, the national magazine sponsored by the American College Personnel Association. She has served on several advisory boards for the American Association of Colleges and Universities, including the Research and Educational Change Collaborative, part of the Educating for Personal and Social Responsibility Project. She is a graduate of Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota) and completed her doctoral studies in educational psychology at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. King serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of College Student Development, and is active in the Rackham Graduate School’s Faculty Allies for Diversity program at the University of Michigan.


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