Patricia Turner, Ph.D.

Patricia Turner, Ph.D.

Position Title
Education Specialist

The Grove, 1342
UC Davis , One Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616

Patricia Turner, Ph.D., is an Education Specialist with the Center for Educational Effectiveness-Learning, Teaching and Assessment unit (CEE-LTA). Patricia earned her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from UCLA, where her areas of concentration were Conversation Analysis and institutional talk-in-interaction. Patricia’s MA is in Linguistics, with emphases in teaching English as a Second Language and writing instruction.

Patricia has 26 years of teaching experience and has taught at all three systems of public higher education in California. She has held faculty positions at UC San Diego, San Diego State University, Santa Monica College and she taught extensively at UCLA while completing her doctoral studies. She has also taught at Harvard’s Institute for English Language Programs, and prior to coming to UC Davis, she provided professional development for K-12 educators at WestEd, a non-profit research, development and service agency.  She is interested in how modalities, dispositions, practices and artifacts of teaching and assessment influence teaching effectiveness in higher education.

At CEE-LTA, Patricia enjoys collaborating with faculty, graduate students and staff on the design and implementation of engaging, student-centered instruction with the goal of providing educational experiences that result in deep learning for diverse groups of students. Patricia received her B.A. in Psychology at UC Davis and is happy to return to UCD to engage in work on learning and teaching.

Recent Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Activity

Turner, P. (2022, March 14). Revisiting Camera Use in Live Remote Teaching: Considerations for Learning and Equity. EDUCAUSE Review.

Turner P. and Merrill, M. (2021, May 25). Using Structure to Promote Equity and Engagement in Live Remote Sessions.  EDUCAUSE Review.

Turner, P. and Rossi, M. (2021). Promoting Students’ Engagement with Disciplinary Texts as Inclusive Teaching Practice.  IDEA Papers. IDEA Paper 85.