Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca education professor appointed to state commission

Trevecca education professor Alice Patterson, EdD, has been named to serve on the Charter Review Commission of the Tennessee State Board of Education. Patterson, selected because of her experience as a curriculum specialist, will serve with other educators to review charter school applications submitted to the Tennessee State Board of Education.

Prior to joining Trevecca’s education faculty in 1998, Patterson had taught in Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) for 21 years. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Trevecca, Patterson also volunteers her services in a local charter school, New Vision Charter School.

Patterson, who earned a BS, MEd, and EdD from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, is the director of Trevecca’s EdD Program in Leadership and Professional Practice. She serves on two councils for MNPS, one on the local school level and one on the district level. She is a facilitator for Antioch High School ‘s Academy of Education, Training, and Service Advisory Council (ATS), a group of business partners who collaborate with administration and faculty for internships, externships, and job shadowing for those students seeking careers in teaching, military service, and counseling. She is also a member of MNPS’s Health and Public Service Partnership Council, a district-wide council advising all of the district-wide academies, specifically those academies related to arts, media, and communications. The group is managed and supported by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Congratulating her colleague for being appointed to this commission, Suzie Harris, EdD, dean of Trevecca’s School of Education said, “Dr. Patterson’s appointment is indicative of her stature with educators in this state. She has a long history of working with Tennessee schools and districts in a variety of capacities, work that has given her a knowledge base of best practices for the education of all students—in all kinds of schools. She brings to this appointment much experience and valuable insight.”