Patterson honored by UNC system for excellence in teaching
r. Robert P. Patterson, alumni distinguished professor of crop science and coordinator of undergraduate programs at N.C. State University, has been honored with an Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
Patterson is one of 16 educators – one from each UNC campus – awarded this distinction. UNC President Molly Corbett Broad and Board of Governors Chairman J. Bradley Wilson presented Patterson and other recipients a $7,500 prize and a commemorative bronze medallion.
The Board of Governors Awards for Excellence in Teaching were created in 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and to encourage, recognize and reward outstanding teaching. Nominees for the award must be tenured professors who have spent at least seven years at the nominating institutions.
Patterson has also received the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit and the USDA National Award for Excellence in College Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences. He has been inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers and received the Crop Science Teaching Award.
Patterson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in soil science from N.C. State and his doctorate in agronomy from Cornell University. Before coming to N.C. State in 1968, Patterson taught at Cornell. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Agronomy and the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.
— NCSU News Services