The annual award is presented to adjunct faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching and support of student success. Recipients are chosen by a committee and are recognized at the start of the spring semester.
“Teaching economics is about more than just covering theories or analytical tools. It’s about equipping people with knowledge that will make them more informed citizens,” Patton said. “In my classroom, I strive to engage students in the coursework by providing them with information they can use to manage their lives.”
Patton joined STLCC in 2004 as an adjunct instructor at the Meramec campus. In 2008, he moved to STLCC-Wildwood, which had been open for a year. Since then, he has taught a variety of economics courses for the college, both on campus and online.
Patton’s colleague, Janet Berry, described him as an effective educator who goes above and beyond in his role.
“Mike does an outstanding job of bringing together current events with his economics classes,” Berry said. “Along with collaborating with his colleagues and sharing instructional materials, he always makes time to provide additional assistance to students who need help understanding course concepts.”
Patton holds a master’s degree in economics from Marquette University and a bachelor’s degree with a double major in sociology and anthropology from Marquette University. He began his career in city government in Milwaukee, Wisc. He later worked in sales and marketing for health insurance companies.