Dr. Valerie Osland Paton
During 2012-13, Valerie Osland Paton is a Fellow with the American Council of Education and her host institution is Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. In her Vice Provost role at Texas Tech University, Paton led institutional planning, assessment, research and effectiveness efforts. She supervised the Office of Planning and Assessment, Institutional Research, Academic Support and Facilities Resources, Quality Enhancement Plan/TTU Ethics Center, Engaged Research and Partnerships, Texas Tech's five regional sites, and eLearning. Paton has represented Texas Tech as Secretary of APLU's Council on Engagement and Outreach Executive Committee, and is conference co-chair for the 2013 Engaged Scholarship Conference (formerly NOSC) to be held at Texas Tech. In 2011-12 she served as Interim Dean of Tech's University College with responsibilities for online offerings and off-campus sites, degree programs, TTU Independent School District and engagement activities. Paton also represents Texas Tech as an executive committee member of Texas Women in Higher Education.
As a tenured associate professor in Tech's College of Education, Paton's research interests include higher education policy and law, engagement, online learning, planning and assessment. She has served as PI or co-PI for numerous grants, including two Hispanic Serving Institutions STEM grants with Texas community colleges and community partners. In 2011, Paton was recognized as an "Integrated Scholar" at Texas Tech and received the "Texas Luminary" award from North Central Texas College.
Her academic preparation includes a B.A. in American Studies from San Jose State University, a M.A. Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California.