Patreese Ingram, Ed.D.

Patreese Ingram, Ed.D.

  • Assistant Dean of Multicultural Affairs
  • Professor
230 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Cultural Competence


  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University
  • Ed.S., Educational Administration, Michigan State University
  • M.S., Community Service, Michigan State University
  • B.S., Home Economics Education, Baldwin-Wallace College

Patreese Ingram is the assistant dean for multicultural affairs. In this role, she provides leadership for coordinating and enhancing multicultural initiatives in the college and helping to create a welcoming and inclusive environment. In addition to serving on the leadership team for the college, Dr. Ingram provides diversity-focused professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and extension educators. She co-advises the Minorities in Agriculture and Natural Resources and Related Sciences student organization, and works to increase diversity of the student and faculty body.

Prior to serving on the dean's cabinet, she served for 17 years as a professor of agricultural and extension education in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education (now Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education). Her career prior to Penn State included various roles in educational settings, such as high school principal and research and evaluation specialist in the Grand Rapids Public Schools in Michigan.

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests

Cultural Competence

Diversity and Inclusion

Educational Practices

Courses Taught

YFE 438, Living in an Increasingly Diverse Society

AEE 460, Foundations of Leadership Development

YFE 496A, Communicating Across Cultures

Awards and Honors

First Place Eastern Region/Second Place National Communication Award Winner—Educational Publication, presented to P. Ingram J. and Scholl at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference, Portland, Maine (September 2010)

CSREES 2009 Partnership Award/Multistate Efforts, presented to Patreese Ingram for the Change Agents States for Diversity Initiative for developing successful modes and systematic change strategies that support greater diversity and welcoming climates throughout the land-grant university system (October 2009)

2006 College of Agricultural Sciences Diversity Achievement Award

2000 Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service Award for Diversity

Extension Publications

Diversity Activities for Youth and Adults" and “More Diversity Activities for Youth and Adults"

Diversity Discussion Starters"

“Exploring Clothes from Around the World"

Guide to Exploring African American Culture"

An Overview of Diversity Awareness"

“Proverbs to Promote Understanding Across Generations and Cultures"

Selected Publications

Ingram, P. D., and Chaudhary, A. K. 2014.  “Self-identity of biracial children:  What role do parents play?" Journal of Human Sciences and Extension 2(2).

Ingram, P. D., Chaudhary, A. K., Jones, W. T. 2014. “How do biracial students interact with others on the college campus?" College Student Journal 48(2): 297–311.

Ingram, P. D. 2013.  “Teaching justice-solving social justice problems through university education." Book review.  Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement 17(2): 305–10.

Ingram, P. D., Bender, G., Kreifels, M., and Balschweid, M. 2012. “Building the capacity of 4-H/Youth Development in Iraq." Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice 7(4): [Article 120704FA006].

Charalambous-Snow, E., and Ingram, P. 2011. “Increasing communication effectiveness and efficiency between the Department of Agriculture and the Cypriot farmers they serve."  Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education 18(1): 73–86. 

Kemirembe, O. M., Radhakrishna, R. B., Gurgevich, E. A., Yoder, E., and Ingram, P. 2011. “An evaluation of nutrition education program for low-income youth." Journal of Extension 49(3): 3RIB5.

Mpofu, C., Ingram, P., and Radhakrishna, R.  2010. “Perceptions of 4-H Extension Educators and volunteer leaders toward the inclusion of youth with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder(s) in 4-H programs." Journal of Youth Development 5(1): [Article 100501FA002].

Borys, A., and Ingram, P. D. 2009. “Preparing agriculture students to work with a Spanish-speaking workforce." NACTA Journal 52(4): 13–19. 

Ingram, P. D., Smith-Hollins, C., and Radhakrishna, R. 2009. “Impact of yearlong 4-H Japanese internship experience on United States participants." Journal of International Agriculture and Extension Education 16(1): 15–29. 

Ingram, P., and Scholl, J. 2008. “Using clothing to increase understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures."  International Journal of Innovative Higher Education 21 (June): 45–49.

Webster, N., and Ingram, P. 2007. “Exploring the challenges for Extension Educators in working in urban communities." Journal of Extension 45(3): 3IAW3. 

Ingram, P. 2006. “The Change Agent States for Diversity Project: The catalyst team approach. Journal of Extension 44(5): 5FEA1. 

Ingram, P. 2006. “The ups and downs of the workplace." Journal of Extension 44(3): 3COM1. 

Ingram, P. 2005. “An evaluation of the Change Agent States for Diversity project: An early snapshot." Journal of Extension 43(1): 1FEA5. 

Ingram, P., and Bertelsen, A. 2005. “Hearing their needs: Voices of underrepresented populations." Journal of Extension 43(5): 5FEA1. 

Radhakrishna, R. B., and Ingram, P. D. 2005. “Experiences of 4-H Japanese exchange program on participants: An evaluative study." Journal of Extension 43(3): 3RIB3. 

Ingram, P. D., Dorsey, M., and Smith, S. 2004. “Tips for designing publications for underrepresented audiences." Journal of Extension 42(4) (electronic journal).

Ingram, P. D. 2002. “A dynamic cross-cultural connection: The 4-H Japanese exchange program." News & Views 55(2): 1, 6–7. 

Ingram, P. D., and Radhakrishna, R. 2002. “Cooperative Extension response to a diversity education resource: Implications for extension programming." Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement 7(1–2): 145–55. 

Ingram, P. D. 2000. “Valuing a growing population: Bi-racial youth." Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences: From Research to Practice 92(3): 10. 

Ingram P. D., and Moore, E. A. 1999. “Attitudes toward diversity within Cooperative Extension: A two-state study." Equity & Excellence in Education 32(3): 83–92.