Dr. John J. Patrick is a distinguished educator within the world of social studies. Joining the faculty of the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington as a research associate in 1965, he has since ascended through the ranks and became an assistant professor, associate professor and full professor of education. During his educational tenure, he also served as director of the Eric Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education and director of the Social Studies Development Center between 1986 and 2004. Serving as a full professor of education for a resounding 27 years, he earned the title of professor emeritus in 2004.
Prior to his endeavors at Indiana University Bloomington, Dr. Patrick was a social studies teacher at Roosevelt High School in East Chicago and Laboratory High School, in affiliation with the University of Chicago, between 1957 and 1965. A former adjunct professor of civic education in the College of Education at Kansas State University for four years, he was also a scholar-in-residence at the Center for the Constitution of James Madison in Montpelier, Virginia, in 2007 and sat on the editorial board of the Pedagogika Journal at Vilnius Pedagogical University in Lithuania between 2004 and 2009. Impressively, he has also taught in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as served as a principal participant of Democratic advancement projects throughout Western Europe, Latin America and East Asia.
Forever interested in expanding his knowledge of various subject matters, Dr. Patrick had a knack for discussing complex issues in such a way that he attracted listeners from all walks of life. During his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College, he was noted as an excellent debater and speaker, which ultimately led to his decision to become an educator.
A prolific author, Dr. Patrick has authored and co-authored a plethora of texts, most notably his five-volume set “American Governance” in 2016. Other acclaimed works to his credit have included “Understanding Democracy” in 2006, “The Supreme Court of the United States: A Student Companion” in 2006, “The Bill of Rights: A History in Documents” in 2003, “Founding the Republic: A Documentary History” in 1995 and “James Madison and the Federalist Papers” in 1990, among several others dating back to 1967.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to his profession, Dr. Patrick has earned numerous accolades. The recipient of the Founders Civic Education Award from the Indiana State Bar Association in 2005, he previously received the Civic Education Award from the Center for Civic Education in California in 2004 and the John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Service in International Programs and Studies from Indiana University in 2002. In 1987, he was honored with the Bicentennial Leadership Award for Contributions to the Commemoration of the U.S. Constitution by the Council for the Advancement of Citizenship.
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