• J. Patrick Biddix, Ph.D.

    research | assess | educate | learn

    "For understanding is neither about things that are always and are unchangeable, nor about any and every one of the things that come into being, but about things which may become subjects of questioning and deliberation." (Aristotle, 350 BCE)


    I believe in being a student not only of what I teach, but also of how I teach it. I believe learners should be challenged, yet feel supported by their confidence in me as a guide. I work to promote higher-ordered thinking, theory-to-practice application, data synthesis and research skills, and professional communication.


  • About Me


    I am an associate professor of higher education at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. I teach courses in research design, assessment, statistics, history, academic life, and technology use in the US postsecondary education context. My research focuses primarily on co-curricular college outcomes and student use of technology in higher education. I enjoy co-learning with students, designing and conducting research, and collaborating in international venues. I received a 2015-2016 Fulbright Award to conduct digital literacy research at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.



    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), Education (2006)
    Concentration in Higher Education

    University of Missouri – St. Louis


    Graduate Certificate, Institutional Research (2005)

    University of Missouri – St. Louis (AIR, NCES)

    Master of Arts (M.A.), Higher Education (2003)

    The University of Mississippi


    Bachelor of Arts (B.A), Classical Civilization (2001)

    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


    Associate Professor of Higher Education
    2011 to Present
    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


    Associate Professor of Higher Education
    2006 to 2011
    Valdosta State University


    Coordinator of Greek Housing Programs

    2003 to 2006
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Financial Aid Graduate Assistant
    2002 to 2003

    The University of Mississippi, Oxford

  • Research


    College Student Involvement Outcomes

    College Student Use of Technology

    Research Design and Methodology

    Student Affairs as a Profession


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  • Teaching

    A defining characteristic of my teaching approach is pragmatism. While I believe it is important to expose students to the theory that informs practice, my background as a practitioner grounds my assignments. Experience has taught me when students believe they are contributing to “real” work they tend to invest more effort in the task.

    My Courses

    Regular Courses

    Research Design and Methods

    Assessment in Student Affairs

    Univariate Statistics in Applied Fields


    Occasional Courses

    Academic Life and Issues

    History and Philosophy of Higher Education

    Mixed Methods Research Design

    Multivariate Statistics in Applied Fields

  • Areas of Expertise

    Presentations, Workshops, and Consulting

    Assessment and Research

    + Assessment projects and design

    + Survey design and data analysis

    + Academic writing and editing

    + Grant research design and evaluation

    Student Use of Technology

    + Digital literacy and college student learning

    + Mobile technology use in Korean and US contexts

    + Using technology to study organizations

    College Student Involvement

    + A researcher's perspective the value of fraternities

    + The effects of sorority membership on persistence and retention

    + Campus activism, civic learning, and engagement

    Student Affairs & Higher Education

    +Foundations and philosophy of student affairs practice

    +History and philosophy of higher education
    +Career pathways to the senior student affairs officer
    +Academic life and the professoriate

  • Contact Me

  • My Fulbright Experience

    Concordia University

    Montreal, Canada

    Fall 2015

    May 13, 2016
    May 2, 2016
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