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Patti Woodward-Young

Director of Inclusive Teaching and Learning | Fred W. Weitz Chair in Education


Patricia A. Woodward-Young, Ph.D. is Professor of Education at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. She has been at Simpson since 1991. She currently teaches human relations in teaching, elementary methods of science and health education, and Simpson Colloquium. She also is division head of Education and Social Science, director of Interdisciplinary Studies, and coordinates student teaching. Prior to coming to Simpson College, Patti taught at the upper elementary levels in Tennessee, New Jersey, and Iowa. She has two daughters, two dogs, and two cats. Her passions are for equity in education, democracy in education, and embracing genuine student engagement through authentic pedagogy. She hopes that all Simpson College students will realize their potential as a force for positive change in our world.


  • 1996 Ph.D. The University of Iowa – Iowa City, Iowa; Doctor of Philosophy degree, philosophical and sociological foundations of education/minor concentration higher education, summa cum laude
  • 1987 Ed.M. Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education New Brunswick, New Jersey; Social and philosophical foundations of education, summa cum laude 
  • 1983 B.S. Milligan College – Milligan College, Tennessee; Elementary education/general science (biology concentration) major, cum laude