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Fort Hays State University
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Phone: 785-628-4303
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Ms. Patricia Blanton, Instructor of Leadership Studies

Ms. Patricia Blanton

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Ph.D: ABD, Dissertation: Superintendent leadership impact on student achievement, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
M.S. in Educational Administration and Supervision, K-12, Certification District Office, Principal NC A&T State University, Greensboro, NC
B.A. in Elementary Education K-12, Certification in K-8, LD, ED, ESL, University of Illinois Chicago

Courses Taught:
LDRS 306: Leadership and Team Dynamics
LDRS 310: Fieldwork in Leadership Studies
LDRS 450: Advanced Leadership Behaviors
Other leadership courses as assigned

After teaching LDRS 310 (Fieldwork in Leadership Studies) at Sias International University (Sias) and Shenyang Normal University (SNU) in China for three years Pat is now back in Phoenix teaching civic leadership and leadership and personal development courses online to Chinese students at Sias and SNU. Usually she teaches an online leadership summer class to students in the U.S. Pat found her teaching experience in China challenging and exhilarating.  She explains that wherever she traveled in China, the people were friendly and helpful.

Pat's research interests include here dissertation topic: superintendent leadership impact on student achievement, as well as leadership in China, service learning, cross-cultural leadership, and the impact of poverty on learning. Pat got involved in several on-campus activities when teaching at Sias. She volunteered to choreographic and coordinate Latin America/Africa night events for Sias International University Culture Week. She presented at the 3rd and 5th World Academy for the Future of Women Symposium on the topics Service Learning Projects at Sias International University and the Role Female Students Play in Service Leadership. Pat volunteered as Director of the World Academy for the Future of Women (WAFW) organization at Sias International University. Pat was awarded the Fort Hays State University Undergraduate Research Experience Grant allowing her to study The Impact of Service Learning at Sias International University, Xinzheng, Henan Province, and Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, and China. While at SNU, Pat presented at the Public Economic Development Forum on International Academic Symposium on Domestic and Foreign Public Economies and the Economic Development Models Conference in Beijing, China. Her presentation topic consisted of Economic development built on a foundation of theory and practice, and each to his own. Pat also presented via Skype from China at the Beyond the Borders: The Future of Service Learning Conference. Her topics for this presentation consisted of Service Learning in China, Missouri State University Office of Citizenship & Service Learning (CASL) Faculty/Staff Development Conference.
Pat is still involved with WAFW here in Phoenix, its headquarters of Global Interaction. She assists with collecting survey data from WAFW members and facilitators and putting together their first Yearbook.
Pat attended a GenerationON train-the-trainer training.
Pat grew up in Europe, England, and Central America. She has also lived in Chicago, North Carolina, and Arizona. Pat has one daughter, Lauren, who is graduating April 2014 with a Business Communication degree at Phoenix, Arizona.
Pat enjoys running, reading, theatre, opera, traveling, eating out, learning, and spending time with her daughter and sister. Her community interests include ChildFund, homeless programs, (mental, education, health). While living in Greensboro, N,C she was involved with a task force that collaborated on quality of life and advocacy for families with domestic/ criminal/drug and alcohol abuse.

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