Dr. Patricia Leigh
Dr. Patricia Randolph Leigh is Professor Emerita in the School of Education and is affiliated with the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University (ISU). For the last six years in her 23-year tenure at ISU, Dr. Leigh provided leadership to the George Washington Carver Academy, a university undergraduate scholarship program. She continues to serve as the ISU Ambassador Emerita to Tuskegee University and continues work on a NIH grant and collaboration. Immediately after retirement Dr. Leigh was nominated and voted on the Carver Birthplace Association Board of Directors for the George Washington Carver National Monument park in Diamond, MO, where she had taken ISU Carver scholars on annual spring trips. During her tenure at ISU, she taught courses in the areas of educational foundations, multicultural education, and instructional technology, in which she embedded her social justice and equity scholarship. Dr. Leigh’s research is also informed by this expertise as she focuses on the impact of historical discrimination on technology equity in the digital age, the equality of educational opportunities historically afforded underserved children, and the impact that economic discrimination and residential segregation has had upon the public schooling of ethnic/racial minority children in the U.S. Dr. Leigh’s more recent work centers on globalization and social justice, particularly issues affecting those in the Africa Diaspora. She continues to use this groundwork to inspire social justice and technology service projects.