Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
Graduate Mentor of the Year
Patricia Moyer-Packenham is Professor and Director of the Mathematics Education and Leadership Programs in the School of TEAL. Her research focuses on mathematics manipulatives and teacher development. Moyer-Packenham earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997. In her 20-year career in higher education, she has mentored hundreds of graduate students in research, publications, presentations, grants, and dissertations. Moyer-Packenham obtained over 16 million dollars in grants/contracts that included funding for 23 different graduate students. She served as Chair or Committee Member for 23 students with completed PhDs (with 13 of those now in university faculty positions), and 4 students with completed EdS/Master’s Degrees. She is currently Chairing or serving as Committee Member on 22 PhD committees. Moyer-Packenham has 215 collaborative authorships and 161 collaborative presentations with current and former graduate students. As a Graduate Mentor, Moyer-Packenham not only helps her students to reach their academic goals, she also forms lifelong relationships with her students that grow and develop as the years pass. She has written countless recommendation letters to help her students earn university positions, funded awards, and other recognition. Her mentoring focus is always on her students’ success.