Lori Patton Davis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs
Office: ES 3122
Lori Patton Davis, Ph.D. is a higher education scholar whose research agenda focuses on African Americans in postsecondary contexts, Critical Race Theory applied to higher education, college student development theory and the influence of campus environments on student experiences.
Patton Davis is perhaps the most well-known researcher and scholar in the area of culture centers. She wrote the first dissertation focusing on culture centers, "From Protest to Progress: An Examination of the Relevance, Relationships and Roles of Black Culture Centers (BCCs)." Moreover, she is the editor of the recently released book, Campus Culture Centers in Higher Education, which highlights various types of racial/ethnic specific culture centers in higher education, their continued relevance, and implications for their existence in relation to student retention and success. Patton Davis regularly serves as a consultant and national speaker on culture centers given her knowledge and expertise in this particular area. Her most recent research examines issues of intersectionality in the experiences of African American lesbian, gay, and bisexual students attending historically black colleges and universities and those who belong to black Greek-letter organizations. Patton Davis is also engaged in critical scholarship on the experiences of black undergraduate women in higher education. She is the editor of the forthcoming book, Debunking the "New Model Minority" Myth: Critical Perspectives on Black Women in College.
Professor Patton Davis' larger body of work has been published in The Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Negro Education, Journal of College Student Development, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Negro Educational Review, and several other well-respected journals, edited books and monographs, and professional magazines. In addition to the edited volume on culture centers, she is also an author of the 2nd edition of Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice and the forthcoming 3rd edition of the ASHE Reader on College Student Affairs Administration.
Patton Davis is affiliated with and highly involved in numerous professional associations in higher education and student affairs including the Association for the Study of Higher Education, American Educational Research Association, and the American College Personnel Association. She has presented over 80 research papers, workshops, symposia and keynote addresses inter/nationally. Patton Davis has been recognized by the American College Personnel Association (2005 Emerging Scholar Award, 2005 Annuit Coeptis Award) and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (2010 Early Career Award, 2008 Mildred E. Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship).
- Ph.D., Higher Education, Indiana University
- M.A., College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University
- B.S., Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
- Croom, N. N., & Patton, L. D. (2011-2012). The miner's canary: A critical race perspective on the representation of black women full professors. Negro Educational Review,62-63(1-4), 13-39.
- Evans, N. J., Forney, D. S., Guido-DiBrito, F., Patton, L. D. & Renn, K. (2010). Student development in college: Theory, research, and practice (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
- Farmer-Hinton, R., Lewis, J. D., Patton, L. D., & Rivers, I. (forthcoming). Dear Mr. Kozol . . . Four African American women scholars and the re-authoring of 'Savage Inequalities'. Teachers College Record.
- Harper, S. R., & Patton, L. D. (Eds.)(2007). Responding to the realities of race. New Directions for Student Services, no. 120. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- Harper, S. R., Patton, L. D., & Wooden, O. S. (2009). Access and equity for African American students in higher education: A critical race historical analysis of policy efforts. Journal of Higher Education, 80(4), 389-414. [Reprinted in the ASHE Reader on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education, 3rd ed., 2010)]
- Ortiz, A., & Patton, L. D. (2012). Awareness of self. In J. Arminio, V. Torres, & R. L. Pope (Eds.), Why aren't we there yet: Taking personal responsibility for creating an inclusive campus (pp. 9-32). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing
- Osei-Kofi, N., Shahjahan, R., & Patton, L. D. (2010). Centering social justice in the study of higher education: The challenges and possibilities for institutional change. Equity and Excellence in Education, 43(3), 326-340
- Patton, L. D. (2006). The voice of reason: A qualitative examination of Black student perceptions of the Black culture center. Journal of College Student Development, 47(6), 628-646.
- Patton, L. D. (2009). My sister's keeper: A qualitative examination of significant mentoring relationships among African American women in graduate and professional schools. Journal of Higher Education, 80(5), 510-537.
- Patton, L. D. (2010). On solid ground: An examination of successful strategies and positive student outcomes of two black culture centers. In L. D. Patton (Ed.), Culture centers in higher education: Perspectives on identity, theory and practice (pp. 63-79). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
- Patton, L. D. (2011). Perspectives on identity, disclosure and the campus environment among African American gay and bisexual men at one historically Black college. Journal of College Student Development, 52(1), 77-100.
- Patton, L. D. (2011). Promoting critical conversations about identity centers. In P. M. Magolda & M. B. Baxter Magolda (Eds.), Contested issues within student affairs (pp. 255-260). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
- Patton, L. D. (Ed.)(2010). Culture centers in higher education: Perspectives on identity, theory and practice. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
- Patton, L. D. & Harper, S. R. (2009). Using reflection to reframe theory-to-practice in student affairs. In G. McClellan & J. Stringer (Eds.), The handbook for student affairs administration (3rd ed.) (pp. 147-165). San Francisco-Jossey-Bass.
- Patton, L. D. & Simmons, S. (2008). Exploring complexities of multiple identities of lesbians in a black college environment. Negro Educational Review, 59(3-4), 197-215.
- Patton, L. D., & Catching, C. (2009). Teaching while black: Narratives of African American student affairs faculty. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 22(6), 713-728. [Reprinted in the ASHE Reader on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education, 3rd ed., 2010)]
- Patton, L. D., & Chang, S. (2011). Crossroads and intersections: Exploring LGBTQ identity development among millennial college students. In F. A. Bonner, A. Marbley, & M. F. Howard Hamilton (Eds.), Diverse millennial students in college (193-212). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
- Patton, L. D., & Harris III, F. (Eds.)(In Press). ASHE Reader on College Student Affairs Administration (3rd ed.). Pearson Publishing.
- Patton, L. D., & McClure, M. (2009). Strength in the spirit: African American college women and spiritual coping mechanisms. Journal of Negro Education, 78(1), 42-54.
- Patton, L. D., & Winkle Wagner, R. (2012). Race at first sight: The funding of racial scripts between black and white women. In K. Dace (Ed.), Unlikely allies in the academy: Women of color and white women in conversation (pp. 181-191). New York: Routledge.
- Patton, L. D., Bridges, B., & Flowers, L. (2011). Effects of Greek affiliation on African American students' engagement: Differences by college racial composition. College Student Affairs Journal, 29(2), 113-123.
- Patton, L. D., Kortegast, C., & Barela, G. (2011). Policies, practices, and current perspectives on working with LGBTQ millennial college students. In F. A. Bonner, A. Marbley, & M. F. Howard Hamilton (Eds.), Diverse millennial students in college (175-192). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
- Patton, L. D., Ranero, J., Everett, K. (2011). Multicultural student services through a different lens: A critical race perspective. In D. Lazarus Stewart (Ed.), Building bridges, re-visioning community: Multicultural student services on campus (pp. 63-80). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
- Patton, L. D., Shahjahan, R., & Osei-Kofi, N. (2010). Emergent approaches to diversity and social justice in higher education. Equity and Excellence in Education, 43(3), 265-278.
- Renn, K., & Patton, L. D. (2010). Campus ecology and environments. In J.H. Schuh, S. R. Jones, S. R. Harper (Eds.), Student services: A handbook for the profession (5th ed.), (pp. 242-256). San Francisco-Jossey-Bass.
- ASHE Promising Scholar/Early Career Award, 2010
- Fellow, ASHE Institutes on Equity and Critical Policy Analysis, 2009, 2010
- Early Achievement in Research Award, Iowa State University College of Human Sciences, 2009
- ASHE Mildred E. Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship, 2008
- ACPA Emerging Scholar, 2005
- ACPA Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award, 2005
- American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
- American Educational Research Association (AERA)
- American Educational Studies Association (AESA)
- Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
- National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
- University of Denver-Faculty Research Fund
Resistance, Resilience, and Reciprocity: Centering the Voices of Black Doctoral Women with Faculty Aspirations (2012)
Lead PI: Nicole Russell; Co-PI: Lori D. Patton
- University of Denver-Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning
Public Good Engaged Scholarship Grant
College Aspirations Readiness and Empowerment (CARE) for Black Adolescent Girls (2012)
Lead PI: Lori D. Patton; Co-PI: Nicole Russell
- National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Foundation Grant:
The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African American Undergraduates in Historically Black Greek Letter Organizations (2008)
- American Psychological Foundation William F. Placek Grant:
From Margin to Center: An Exploratory Study of the Developmental Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2006)
- American College Personnel Association Foundation Grant
Intersecting in the Center: Black Culture Centers and Intersectional Approaches to Supporting Black Students' Multiple Identities (2012)
Lead PI: Lori D. Patton; Co-PI: Jessica Harris
- Blacks in Higher Education
- Campus Culture Centers
- Critical Race Theory
- Social Justice
- Student Development Theory
- EDUC-U 546 Diverse Students on the College Campus
- EDUC-U 548 Student Development Theory
- EDUC-U 549 Campus Environments and Assessment