Desmond Patton Named a Provost Leadership Fellow

July 25 @ 3:57 pm
By Communications Office

The Office of the Provost has selected Associate Professor Desmond Patton as one of 14 Provost Leadership Fellows for 2019–2021.

Established in 2013, the Provost’s leadership program provides career development and skill-building opportunities for mid-career and senior faculty members as a pathway to enhancing academic governance and leadership at Columbia and to promote and nurture a climate of inclusive excellence. During the two-year fellowship, participants develop greater insight into key campus initiatives and academic processes, strategic planning, budget issues, and challenges in higher education.

Fellows also meet three to four times per semester to enhance their networking, relationship-building, and personal communication styles in preparation for heightened leadership roles. Over the course of the program, participants strengthen their peer networks across campus.

Drawing on an interdisciplinary background in social work research and public interest technology, Patton uses qualitative and computational data collection methods to examine how and why low-income youth of color express violence, grief, and identity on social media. He is the newly appointed Associate Dean for Curriculum Innovation and Academic Affairs at the School of Social Work; the founding director of the SAFElab; a faculty affiliate of the School’s Social Intervention Group; a member of Columbia University’s Data Science Institute; and the co-director of AI4all, a summer program in artificial intelligence for high school students in underrepresented groups. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Sociology.


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