.: welcome to my faculty site for Spring 2016!


Here, you can find information and syllabi for all the courses I teach at PVCC in Phoenix, Arizona. I've also included some communication and leadership articles I've written for publication. I am a faculty member in the Business and Information Technology Division at PVCC and also serve as the Faculty Online Learning Coordinator.

Jim Patterson, Paradise Valley Community College Professor of Business/I.T., welcomes you to class! Enjoy the semester 

.: what jim does at pvcc...

I am PVCC's Online Learning Coordinator. I am proficient with products like Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Lightroom for editing photos and graphics, and MS Office. I am also an "all Mac guy." I own both a 27 inch iMac and a sweet little Macbook Pro. If you really must use Microsoft compatible software, you can still do it on a Mac. On the business side, I am interested in customer service, leadership, and international business. And of course, instructional technology!

My fun passions, other than writing, digital photography, computers, and teaching at PVCC, include travel (especially international), University of Arizona sports (we were the 1997 national basketball champs!), the desert outdoors, and our Mischa, a beautiful Russian Blue rescued from a Prescott area woodpile in November of 2007.  The newest resident is Panther, a Bombay cat.  Queen of the casa!

Mischa, the Russian Blue                                     Panther, the Bombay

.: more on jim...

Who is Jim?

I have a broad academic background.  I have degrees and interests in journalism, international relations, instructional technology, business, and computer information systems.  I am also a published author with three books. And I am an avid photographer.  I’ve made many national conference presentations and conducted training for both corporate and military audiences.  Prior to coming to Paradise Valley C.C., I was an education specialist with the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence School at Fort Huachuca, AZ.  In my younger days, I was a radio reporter and news director for stations in both Michigan and Arizona.  Before teaching at PVCC, I taught at the University of Phoenix,  Jackson (MI) Community College (main campus and prison branch... my captive audience!), Pima C.C., and the University of Arizona.  I have a B.A. from the University of Arizona, a M.A. from Eastern Michigan University, a Certificate in Distance Education from Thomas Edison State College, an Ed.S. in instructional technology from Valdosta State University, and an M.B.A. from Morehead State UniversityAnd, I currently teach as an adjunct at NAU (MST315 Business and Professional Communication). I am the PVCC Faculty Online Learning Coordinator.  I am proficient with Mac products like iWeb and iMovie, Office, FreewayPro, and Adobe PhotoShop and Lightroom for editing photos and graphics. You might guess I have a real passion for photography.  I am a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals , Wedding and Portrait Photographers International , and the Arizona and California chapters of the Professional Photographers of America

BY THE WAY, did you know you can earn a bachelors degree in business from NAU right here on the PVCC campus? Click here to learn more and feel free to ask me.  ALSO, you can earn a bachelor's degree in general studies from the University of Arizona at the PVCC campus starting in 2015!  Contact the UA representative in J-121 for more information. 

I was a beta tester for Camtasia for Mac and was able to put out a narrated video on social media tools on the web. That video is located here.  

Have an iPad? Thinking of getting one? I have one. Here are my experiences. "The iPad in Education."  UPDATE:  I sold my iPad and use an iPhone 6-plus! 

Here is a PowerPoint slideshow based on a presentation I did called "Using Photography in the Classroom." There are good links in there!