2002 Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, Mathematics Education
1997 M.A., Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA, Secondary Mathematics Education
1994 B.Ch.E., Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, Chemical Engineering
1994 B.S., Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, Chemistry
Teaching with Technology
Nikita D. Patterson is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering at Georgia State University. Professor Patterson received her doctorate in Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University. As a WISE scholar in the dual degree engineering program, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Spelman College, a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She also has a Master’s in Mathematics Education from Clark Atlanta University.
Dr. Patterson has been engaged in professional development for middle and secondary school mathematics teachers across the state of Georgia. She has written and participated in several large-scale federal and state grants funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Race to the Top, Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP), Improving Teacher Quality State Grant, Partnership for Reform in Science and Mathematics (PRISM) and Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). Dr. Patterson has also collaborated with the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center (GYSTC) to provide training and resources for teachers in underrepresented, rural communities in southwest Georgia. Dr. Patterson is actively involved with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference Board. Her research focus is on students’ conceptual understanding of algebraic concepts, the technological and pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) framework as it relates to preservice and inservice teachers of mathematics, and the role of divergent thinking in geometry. She has presented papers, talks, and workshops across the United States and abroad in countries such as South Africa, Spain, Canada and Mexico.
- Committees and Organizations
Gateways 2 Completion Initiative
MATH 2008 Curriculum Committee
MATH 1001/0997 Curriculum Committee
Perimeter College Mathematics Conference Committee
2019 Faculty Search Committee
Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM), Georgia Mathematics Conference Board Director of Records (2018-2020)
Georgia Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (GAMTE), Member-At-Large (2015-2017)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Professional Development Services Committee (2012 – 2015)
Benjamin Banneker Association (BBA), Southeast Regional Director (2016 – 2018)
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Assistant Financial Secretary (July 2017 – present)
National Alumnae Association of Spelman College
Georgia Tech Alumni Association
Patterson, N. & Corey, D. (2018). How to Share an Island: Divergent Thinking and Creativity. Virginia Mathematics Teacher. 44(2). 32-37.
De Villiers, M., Govender, R., Patterson, N. (2009). Defining in Geometry. In T. Craine & R. Rubenstein (Eds.). Understanding Geometry for a Changing World: Seventy –First Yearbook (pp. 189-204). Reston, VA: NCTM.