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Faculty Research Profiles: Patrick S. De Walt


Phone: 813-974-8105

Psychological and Social Foundations
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa, FL 33620

Research Biography

Dr. Patrick S. De Walt is an instructor of Social Foundations and a former elementary teacher. As an elementary teacher in Texas, he taught first grade (4 years) within the Houston Independent School District, while simultaneously pursuing his graduate studies at the University of Houston and the University of Houston-Victoria (M.B.A.). He earned both an honorary doctorate in Ethnic Studies (Africana Studies) and a doctorate in Social, Multicultural and Bilingual Foundations of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After being awarded degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder, he returned to Houston, in a supportive role, working with both third and fourth grade students. His research interests synthesize elements of his fields of study and teaching background exploring the applications of Africana Studies in K-12 and higher educational contexts; diversity issues in teacher education; and the effects of business-model approaches on educational institutions, faculty/staff and students.


  • B.S. in Biology, Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, TX), 1999
  • M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction/Elementary Education, University of Houston (Houston, TX), 2002
  • M.B.A., University of Houston-Victoria (Victoria, TX), 2002
  • Ph.D. (Honorary) in Ethnic Studies (Africana Studies), University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder, CO), 2009  
  • Ph.D. in Social, Multicultural and Bilingual Foundations of Education, University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder, CO), 2009  

Selected Publications

  • De Walt, P. S. (2011) In Search of an Authentic African American and/or Black Identity: Perspectives of First Generation U.S.-Born Africans Attending a Predominantly White Institution. Journal of Black Studies, 42(3)pp. 479 - 503. doi:10.1177/0021934710378748

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Pre-service Teachers
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Identity
  • Qualitative Research
  • Philosophical/Conceptual Analysis
  • Interpretive & Narrative Research
  • Social Foundations of Education
  • Cultural Studies
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Higher Education
  • Bicultural/Multicultural Ed
  • Equity & Diversity
  • College-Aged Students