Tim Patterson is an associate professor in Teaching and Learning at Temple University. His primary scholarly interest unites two important strands of the research on social studies education: teacher education and global studies. He has conducted studies on various factors that condition, constrain, and otherwise influence the pedagogical decision making of pre- and in-service social studies teachers. His dissertation research brought him to China, where he investigated the learning of American teachers participating in a 3-week study abroad program. He has also investigated teacher preparation in museums, archives, historical homes, and other cultural institutes, historical children’s literature, and the identity development of early career social studies teachers. Patterson's research has been published in such journals as Teaching and Teacher Education, the Journal of Teacher Education, Teachers College Record, Theory & Research in Social Education, and the British Journal of Educational Studies.

More recently, Patterson's focus has shifted to concerts, film festivals, and other global events as venues for enactments of global citizenship education. This agenda has culminated in his first book, written with William Gaudelli and released in March, 2023. Titled "Pedagogy of Global Events," this book explores a relatively new phenomenon of cultural events—concerts, media experiences, and film series—designed to bring attention to global problems and spark action.

Patterson also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of History and is an affiliated faculty member in the Center for Public History at Temple University. Before joining the faculty at Temple University he was an Assistant Professor at Sacred Heart University, an instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a social studies teacher in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has received several awards for his teaching, including a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2022 and an award for outstanding advising and mentorship from the College of Education and Human Development in 2021.

Research Interests

  • International Education/Studies
  • Social Studies Education
  • Teacher Education/Development

Courses Taught




MGSE 5465

Methods and Materials in Secondary Social Studies


MGSE 5466

Teaching for Understanding in Secondary Social Studies


Selected Publications

  • Conrad, J., Reisman, A., Patterson, T., Jay, L.P., Kaplan, A., Eisman, J.I., & Chan, W. (2023). White preservice teachers facilitating African American history discussions: Tensions of identity in practice. Teaching and Teacher Education, 125, pp. 104050-104050. Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2023.104050

  • Conrad, J., Reisman, A., Jay, L., Patterson, T., Eisman, J.I., Kaplan, A., & Chan, W. (2023). To what ends? Analyzing teacher candidates’ goals and perceptions of student talk in social studies discussions. The Journal of Social Studies Research, 47(2), pp. 79-91. SAGE Publications. doi: 10.1016/j.jssr.2022.01.003

  • Torsney, B.M. & Patterson, T. (2023). Civic mindedness and pre-service teachers’ perceptions of their future selves. Citizenship Teaching & Learning, 18(1), pp. 23-42. Intellect. doi: 10.1386/ctl_00108_1

  • Patterson, T.J. & Gaudelli, W. (2023). At-Home Events. In Pedagogy of Global Events (pp. 91-117). Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429281570-5

  • Patterson, T.J. & Gaudelli, W. (2023). Learnings from Global Events. In Pedagogy of Global Events (pp. 118-128). Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429281570-6

  • Patterson, T.J. & Gaudelli, W. (2023). Viewing, Not Doing. In Pedagogy of Global Events (pp. 69-90). Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429281570-4

  • Patterson, T.J. & Gaudelli, W. (2023). A Brief History of the Global Event. In Pedagogy of Global Events (pp. 18-42). Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429281570-2

  • Patterson, T.J. & Gaudelli, W. (2023). Global Concerts. In Pedagogy of Global Events (pp. 43-68). Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429281570-3

  • Patterson, T.J. & Gaudelli, W. (2023). Introduction. In Pedagogy of Global Events (pp. 1-17). Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429281570-1

  • Patterson, T., Bridgelal, I., & Kaplan, A. (2022). Becoming a social studies teacher: An integrative systems perspective on identity content, structure, and processes. Teaching and Teacher Education, 120, pp. 103899-103899. Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2022.103899

  • Patterson, T., Han, I., & Esposito, L. (2022). Virtual reality for the promotion of historical empathy: A mixed-methods analysis. Theory & Research in Social Education, 50(4), pp. 553-580. Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/00933104.2022.2118091

  • Shuttleworth, J. & Patterson, T.J. (2021). Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange at Manzanar: Photojournalistic activism and the Japanese American incarceration. Social Education, 85(4), pp. 211-215. National Council for the Social Studies.

  • Patterson, T. & Torsney, B. (2021). Does preparing citizens matter? Examining the value of civic mindedness in pre-service teachers. Journal of Social Studies Research, 45(3), pp. 211-226. doi: 10.1016/j.jssr.2020.12.002

  • Patterson, T. (2021). Historians, Archivists, and Museum Educators as Teacher Educators: Mentoring Preservice History Teachers at Cultural Institutes. Journal of Teacher Education, 72(1), pp. 113-125. doi: 10.1177/0022487120920251

  • Patterson, T.J. & Shuttleworth, J. (2020). Learning “Hard History” through Children’ Literature about Enslavement. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 32(3), pp. 14-19. National Council for the Social Studies.

  • Shuttleworth, J.M. & Patterson, T. (2020). The discourse of (mis)construction and national history exams. Theory and Research in Social Education, 48(1), pp. 120-145. doi: 10.1080/00933104.2019.1699216

  • Han, I. & Patterson, T. (2020). Teacher learning through technology-enhanced curriculum design using virtual reality. Teachers College Record, 122(7), pp. 16-37.

  • Patterson, T. & Han, I. (2019). Learning to Teach with Virtual Reality: Lessons from One Elementary Teacher. TechTrends, 63(4), pp. 463-469. doi: 10.1007/s11528-019-00401-6

  • Patterson, T. & Shuttleworth, J.M. (2019). The (mis)representation of enslavement in historical literature for elementary students. Teachers College Record, 121(4).