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UHV education associate professor honored by national social science group

June 14, 2014 at 1:14 a.m.

Barba Patton, a University of Houston-Victoria associate professor of curriculum and instruction, displays the award she won from the National Social Science Association at the organization's spring conference in Las Vegas.

Hearing her name called as the National Social Science Association 2013-14 Member of the Year came as a surprise to Barba Patton, a University of Houston-Victoria associate professor of curriculum and instruction.

"While I have participated in NSSA activities quite a bit during the last decade, I didn't think that I had done anything outstanding enough to deserve an award," Patton said. "Nevertheless, I was delighted to receive this honor from my colleagues and friends."

Patton, who has taught math education full time since 1999 in the UHV School of Education and Human Development, received the Gail McClay Member of the Year Award at the association's spring conference in Las Vegas. McClay was a former association president who was active in growing the organization's membership.

The association is an interdisciplinary association devoted to interaction among social scientists through conferences, seminars and publications. There are more than 3,000 members.

Patton has been a member for about eight years, serving on the board as a fixture of the organization's conventions. She said her willingness to get involved likely made her a good candidate for the award.

"I've always been willing to work on committees and perform review work," she said. "We're revising the NSSA constitution, so I'm involved with that project right now. I've also been active on the awards committee in the past. When selecting the journal article of the year, I would review about 20 different 30-page articles. I've dedicated a lot of hours to the organization."

In 2008, Patton's paper, "Synchronous Classrooms," was published in the National Social Science Journal. The next year, the journal published two more of her papers, "Lesson Plans and the Teacher Candidate: Is the Internet Helping or Hindering?" and "Personality Learning Style Preferences and Student Achievement in Online University Learning Environments." Patton also had one other paper and a number of peer-reviewed proceedings published in the journal.

A year ago, the organization presented the top journal article of the year award to Patton and three UHV School of Education & Human Development colleagues: professors Diane Prince and Paul Carlson, and Teresa LeSage Clements, an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction. Their paper was titled "Billions of Dollars Wasted: New Teacher Preparation Models Needed."

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