Dr. Patricia Joy Johnson Brown, Senior Associate Dean in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, provides administrative oversight and leadership for academic programs/curricular development, adjunct faculty hiring, adjunct professional development, the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning, the Institute on Philanthropy, Partners in the Arts and marketing for the School. In the past she was responsible for the development of the Office of Continuing and Professional Development, managed summer school, summer study abroad, academic summer programs for high schoolers and many more programs on behalf of the School.
Dr. Brown is active in the profession of adult and continuing education. She has dedicated her life to the field of lifelong education having served as commissioner of the Commission of Leadership and Management of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, UPCEA-South Awards Committee, member-at-large, nominations committee, student awards committee, program planning committee and in many other leadership roles. She has been a dedicated citizen volunteer in her community, a role model for the students in the past and believer in the "learning by doing" philosophy.
She was founder of the Richmond Recreation and Park Foundation (now Enrichmond Foundation) that promotes citizen involvement, education and fundraising for the City of Richmond. She has traveled as an educator and volunteer to Santa Catarina, Brazil numerous times through Virginia Partners of the Americas to work with children, teachers and administrators on the empowerment of people with disabilities. Brown served as president of Partners from 1994-1997. Currently she has been appointed by the Governor of Virginia to serve on the Brown vs. Board of Education Scholarship Award Commission and in 2001 was selected as a member of the class at the Harvard University's Institute on Management and Leadership.
Dr. Brown has received many awards for her professional and community service including the Bonner Scholar Story Award for Community Service at the University of Richmond, four UPCEA marketing awards, American Express International Award for Outstanding Youth Development in Partners of the Americas, Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, ARC of Richmond, and most recently, Michigan State University inducted her into the Emerald Clover Society and Hall of Fame for her contributions to the 4-H movement. She was also named to the Biltmore Who’s Who Directory, 2012 Edition. She received the 25 Year Service Award fom the Enrichmond Foundation in 2015, and in 2014 she received both the Life-Changer Service Award and the Twenty Years of Service Award from Partners of the Americas in Santa Catarina, Brazil.
In fall 2015, Dr. Brown was tapped and inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society’s Epsilon Circle at the University of Richmond for her dedication to leadership, service and the betterment of community.
She also received the 2011 MaryEllen Cox Memorial Award for Advocacy from Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging. The award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the leadership characteristics of the late MaryEllen Cox, who maintained community involvement and made significant contributions to seniors.
Dr. Brown holds a B.S. in Human Ecology Education from Michigan State University, a M.S. in Recreation and Park Management from Indiana University and an Ed.D. in Education Administration–Adult and Continuing Education from Virginia Tech. She has held many teaching and administration positions in higher education institutions including Michigan State University, Indiana University, University of Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond.
Bernard Osher Foundation Endowment Grant. Total: $1,000,000
Bernard Osher Foundation Grants for the Lifelong Learning Institute. Grants Total: $400,000.
Governor’s School in Humanities and Governor’s School in the Visual and Performing Arts approved by the Virginia Department of Education/Programs for the Gifted. Total of grants is $618,850 per year.
The Art of Teaching Leadership (Joint project of Jepson School of Leadership Studies and School of Continuing Studies) awarded by Philip Morris U.S.A. Grant $12,000.
The Respite Resource Project, a grant (#90CN0156) approved by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Children and Families, to the Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University. Total of the grant was $200,000 each year.
The Respite Resource Project, a supplemental award by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. Funding was used to develop a series of training institutes with technical assistance follow-up in communities developing respite care for families of children with disabilities. Total of grant was $47,172.
The Respite Resource Project, a grant approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Division of Children and Families with the Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Total each year for three years was $189,967; total of $569,901.
The Respite Resource Project, a grant proposal approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in cooperation with the Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. Total grant was for $199,652.
Norwegian/Netherlands Study Abroad Seminar grant, approved by U.S. Department of State to the National 4-H Council for $5,000.
25 Year Service Award, Enrichmond Foundation, Richmond
Life-Changer Service Award, Partners of the Americas, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Twenty Years of Service Award, Partners of the Americas, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Named to Biltmore Who’s Who Registry of executives and professionals
Bonner Scholar Story Award for Community Service at the University of Richmond
American Express International Award for Outstanding Youth Development in Partners of the Americas
Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, ARC of Richmond
Inducted into the Michigan State University Emerald Clover Society and Hall of Fame by for contributions to the 4-H movement
Brown vs. Board of Education Scholarship Award Commission
- Initial appointment: 2009 (Governor Tim Kaine)
- Re-appointment: 2011 (Governor Robert F. McDonnell)
Steirer, C. and Brown, P.J. (1992), Community Integration in Recreation Leisure Programs: First Steps for Therapeutic Recreation Professionals. A monograph prepared for distribution to human resource personnel serving special populations.
Brown, P.J., Uhl, M., and Baugham, J. (2002) “Recapturing the Joy: Finding Fun and Enjoyment in Each Day,” Exceptional Parent, November.
Baughan, J., Brown, P.J., and Uhl, M. (1993) "Finding the Fun Stuff: The Respite of Play", Exceptional Parent, July/August.
Brown, P. J. (1992), Self Empowerment of the Public Servant: A Balancing Act Between Work and Leisure, The Virginia Town and Country Magazine, May 1992.
Brown, P. J. (1989), Aging and Leisure Bibliography, Volume 3, Number 2, T. Tedrick (Ed.), Activities, Adaption and Aging, Volume 14, 3, April 1990.
Brown, P. J. (1988), Aging and Leisure Bibliography, Volume, 2, Number 1, National Recreation and Park Society.
Brown, P. J., Montgomery, N. M. and Myer, Laurie, S., (1987) "Leisure: Our Greatest Challenge" in Proceedings of Waves of the Future Conference, State Conference on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Brown, P. J. (1986), "Selecting Consultants for Results in Park and Recreation Agencies," Virginia Parks and Recreation, November, pp. 4-7.
Brown, Patricia J. (1985), Aging and Leisure Bibliography, Volume 1, Number 1, National Recreation and Park Association.
Brown, P. J. (1981), "A New Concept in Recreation Education - Lifelong Learning," Maryland Adult Educator, Volume 3, Number 2, pp. 47-55.
Brown, P. J. (1979), "Cooperation and Coordination - Creative Leisure Youth Programs in Scandinavia," World Leisure Recreation, Volume XXII, Number 2, 1979, p. 4-5.
Brown, P. J. (1978), "Scandinavian Seminars - Four East Weeks," Journal of Extension (formerly the Extension Review), May-June, 1978, p. 18-19.
Brown, J.D., Brown, P.J., (2001) “Patrick’s Metamorphosis,” Chapter in Significant Disability: Issues Affecting People with Significant Disabilities from a Historical, Policy, Leadership and Systems Perspective. Martin, E.D. (Ed.) Charles C. Thomas, Publishing, Springfield, Illinois.
Moon M.S., Hart, D., Komissar C. Friedlander, R., Steirer, C., and Brown, P.J. (1994), "Community Leisure Facilators." Chapter in Making School and Recreation Fun for Everyone: Places and Ways to Integrate. Moon, M.S. (Ed.), Paul Brookes Publishing, Baltimore, Maryland.
Moon, M.S., Steirer, C., Brown, P.J., Hunt, D., Komissar, R., Friedlander, R. (1994), "Strategies for Successful Inclusion in School and Community Programs." Chapter in Making School and Recreation Fun for Everyone: Places and Ways to Integrate. Moon, M.S. (Ed.) Paul Brooke Publishing, Baltimore, Maryland.
Brown, P. J. (1987), "Travel and Tourism for the Elderly," Chapter in Dynamic Leisure Programming with Older Adults, Osgood, N. and Keller, T. (Eds.), National Recreation and Park Association Publisher, Washington, D.C.
Hill, J.W., Brown P., Peterson C., Perkins B., and Steirer C. (1992), Supportive Recreation; Is It Necessary? Is It Feasible? Chapter in the Open Door Recreation Project; Full enclosure of Person with Disabilities in Communities Leisure Activities. A monograph supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Special Education Projects Grants. Number H128J0001.
Scott, Bernice and Brown, P. J. (1981), "The 4-H Model: Expanding Leisure Education," Proceedings and Papers, The Second World Conference on Leadership for Leisure, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Human Ecology Education
Park and Recreation Management
Education Administration: Adult and Continuing Education