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J. Patrick Biddix

Associate Director


J. Patrick Biddix is Professor of Higher Education and Associate Director of the Postsecondary Education Research Center (PERC) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dr. Biddix teaches graduate courses in research, assessment and evaluation, as well as special topics in higher education and student affairs in his areas of expertise, which include research methodology and assessment, college student experiences, and postsecondary outcomes. Specific areas relevant to this project include student success, academic advising models, and evaluation.


Biddix is currently working with state and institutional partners to understand and enhance the completion agenda in Tennessee. His peer-reviewed publications have appeared in top-tier student affairs and communications journals. He has authored research textbooks for the student affairs field (Research Methods and Applications for Student Affairs, Jossey-Bass 2018) and co-authored the second edition of the primary assessment textbook for the field (Assessment in Student Affairs, 2nd edition, Jossey-Bass 2016).  Biddix serves on the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) Board of Directors and the NASPA Assessment, Evaluation, and Research (AER) Knowledge Community Leadership Team. In 2015, he was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, studying college student learning and technology.


Biddix received his doctorate in education with a concentration in higher education from the University of Missouri in St. Louis (2006). He also holds a graduate certificate in Institutional Research from UMSL (2005).

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