Cameron Van Patterson, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President of Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Cameron Van Patterson is an experienced educator, who currently serves as the Director of Academic Instruction at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA), where he leads the implementation of academic initiatives aimed at raising student achievement outcomes and oversees student academic assessment, programming, instruction, and interdisciplinary curriculum development.
Prior to joining DESA, Dr. Patterson served as National Director of the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program. He also taught as a college professor at Clark Atlanta University and lectures at various universities across the country on the construction of visual narratives and the complex relationship between artistic practices and social discourses of difference throughout the African Diaspora. Dr. Patterson’s scholarly research examines the historical impact of racial inequality in western culture and his most recent publication entitled “(Re)Considering Race in the Desegregation of Higher Education,” appears in the Spring 2012 edition of the University of Georgia Law Review. In addition to his academic interests, Dr. Patterson is passionate about creative writing and youth leadership development.
Born and raised in Long Beach, CA, Dr. Patterson has been recognized for numerous achievements in education and is a two-time recipient of the Pedro Noguera Volunteer of the Year Award. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, and holds a Ph.D. in African and African American Studies with an emphasis in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University.