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Patrick Hales

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Associate Professor/Assistant Director-K-12 Education

Office Building

Wenona Hall



Mailing Address

Wenona Hall 114
Teaching Learning & Leadership-Box 0507
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Patrick Hales is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at South Dakota State University. He has ten years of experience in public school teaching as a high school English teacher and K-12 English as a Second Language specialist. He earned his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Teacher Education in 2016. His primary research interests are teacher professional development and teacher action research, educational technology, language supports in education, and authentic assessment. His research into teacher professional development coalesces all veins of his research including language, technology, and assessment. The majority of his research involves working directly with in-service or pre-service teachers to explore their practice around developing strategies to improve student learning.


-B.S. English Education, East Carolina University, May 2008
-M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction, TESOL, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, May 2012
-Ph.D Teacher Education and Higher Education, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, August 2016

Academic Interests

Scholarship of Teaching
The Science of Learning
Language Acquisition


  • Teacher Education
  • Academic Responsibilities

    -Secondary Teaching Education Program Coordinator
    -Educational Assessment
    -Educational Psychology
    -Teaching English as a Second Language
    -Teaching and Learning I, III

    Professional Memberships

    -American Educational Research Association
    -Association of Teacher Educators
    -National Council of Teachers of English
    -Literacy Research Association

    Work Experience

    -High school English teacher
    -K-12 English as a second language specialist
    -Adult English as a second language instructor
    -Graduate teaching and research assistant

    Creative Activities

    Gaming and Education

    Area(s) of Research

    -Teacher professional development and learning communities
    -Teacher action research
    -Education technology
    -Discourse analysis
    -Scholarship of teaching and learning



    Empowering Research for Educators Journal

    Open Prairie

    Open PRAIRIE - Public Research Access Institutional Repository and Information Exchange

    Open Prairie Research