Valerie L. Patterson is a Clinical Associate Professor in the public administration program at Florida International University in Miami. She teaches courses in human resource policy and management, administrative and governmental ethics, organization theory and behavior, and courses examining contemporary race and gender issues. Her most recent research examines government and its relationship with underserved communities and persistent social equity barriers in communities of color. She also serves as affiliated faculty with FIU’s African & African Diaspora Studies program and currently serves on its Steering Committee. She is also affiliated faculty with the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Patterson has also held administrative appointments at Florida International University as the Assistant Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs and as Associate Director of the School of Policy and Management.
On the national level, Dr. Patterson is a past chair of the Section on Historical, Artistic, and Reflective Expression (SHARE) of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) and currently serves on the SHARE editorial board. She has served as a mentor in the Mandela Washington Fellows program.
I’m convinced that my art enhances my thinking and as my tastes overall have always been eclectic, when in idea is sparked, whether it is designing something with fabrics, or beads, clay, or paper, I follow the spark in whatever direction it takes me. In a perfect world, I would be able to combine my artistic endeavors with my academic endeavors, but this is an elusive dream. One of my multi-media dolls, “End the War Girl” appeared on the back cover of a symposium, Governments, Governance, and War: What We Learned in Iraq.