Dylan Patterson’s Profile

It has been my honor and privilege to teach in the English Department at CFCC for over ten years.

I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in fiction from Naropa University.

My approach to teaching is to remind students that their reason for being in my course is to develop certain skills.  The harder they work and the more resources they take advantage of, the more their skills will develop. My job is to provide opportunities, guidance, and feedback to students during their skill-development process.

While most of my job is to teach critical thinking, writing, and reading skills, it is also important to have high expectations in other areas that relate to future success: accurately following directions, time management, punctuality, and how to appropriately and constructively engage with peers and authority figures.

I love teaching for many reasons.   It is very gratifying to know that my work plays a part in people improving their lives.  Also, I am interested in the material I teach and enjoy discussing it with my students.  My students and the perspectives and sensibilities they bring make class fun and interesting.

I particularly enjoy teaching at a community college because of the diversity of our student body.  I am constantly impressed by students who are in school despite daunting financial, personal, or medical challenges. Their drive to better themselves inspires me.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy watching, writing, and making films.  My newest project is a modern fairy tale entitled  “Anhedonia.”