Adjunct Associate Professor
Office & Hours
Office: SZB 408A
Courses of Instruction
ALD 322: Individual Differences
UGS 302: Disability and the Media
SED 380: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station Stop D5300
Austin, TX 78712
UT Mail Code: D5300
James R. Patton is currently an independent consultant and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught students with special needs at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels in both public and private settings. He was formerly on the faculty at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His primary areas of professional activity are transition assessment and planning, differentiating instruction for students with special needs in inclusive settings, study skills instruction, needs of college students with learning-related challenges, and issues associated with individual with disabilities who encounter the criminal justice system. He currently works with other professionals internationally and serves as an intellectual disabilities forensics specialist in death penalty cases throughout the country. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where he attended St. Louis University High School. He earned his BS from the University of Notre Dame and his MEd and EdD from the University of Virginia.
Patton, J. R., & Clark, G. M. (2013). Transition Planning Inventory (Second Edition) (TPI-2). Austin: PRO-ED.
Clark, G. M., Synatschk, K. O., Patton, J. R., & Steel, L. E. (2012). Career Interests, Preferences, and Strengths Inventory (CIPSI). Austin: PRO-ED.
Polloway, E. A. Patton, J. R., Serna, L., & Bailey, J. W. (2013). Strategies for teaching learners with special needs (10th ed.). Boston: Pearson.
Smith, T. E. C., Polloway, E. A., Patton, J. R., & Dowdy, C. A. (2012). Teaching students with special needs in inclusive settings (6th ed.). Boston: Pearson.
Beirne-Smith, M., Patton, J. R., & Kim, S. (2006). Mental Retardation (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall/Merrill.
- Outstanding Advisor, Best Buddies, Swint Out Award (University of Texas at Austin)
- Eyes of Texas, Service Award (University of Texas at Austin)
- Texas Exes Teaching Award (University of Texas at Austin)
- Burton Blatt Award (Division on Developmental Disabilties, CEC)
- Oliver Kolstoe Aware (Division on Career Development and Transition, CEC)
Current Research Projects and Grants
Analysis of the the adpative behavior profiles of adults with intellectual disabilities
Misconceptions of individuals with mild intellectual disabilities
Media portrayal of individuals with disabilities
Assessment of adaptive functioning
Study skills of students in higher education
Research Interests and Expertise
Transition assessment & planning
Students with disabilities in higher education
Study skills assessment and instruction
Individuals with disabilities and the criminal justice system
Differentiating instruction for student with special needs in inclusive settings
Boards, Committees and Associations
- American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
- American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI)
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
- Council on Learning Disabilities (CLD)
- International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID)