Faculty Spotlight

Spencer Patterson, PhD

  • What is your current position?

    I am currently an assistant professor. 

  • How many years have you been in the department?

    This is my first year full-time. But I taught a couple adjunct courses beginning in 2013. Patterson

  • Where are you from?

    I was born in Fairbanks, AK. However I moved to Twin Falls, ID when I was young. So Twin Falls is my hometown. During my college years I lived in Rexburg, ID (Bachelors degree), Pocatello, ID (Master’s degree), Athens, OH (Masters and Ph.D.) and Columbus, OH (Postdoc). My family had some really great times in Ohio
    and we like to hold to our ties there as well.

  • Why did you decide to become a professor?

    I decided to become a professor because I love the cycle of learning and teaching. It’s also a wonderful career in terms of flexibility. While it is a lot of work
    (like most jobs) I really like that I can manage and arrange most of my time. I also love meeting and building relationships with a lot of different people. 

  • What do you like most about teaching in Communication?

    Human interaction has always been interesting to me. In third grade “social studies” was my favorite subject. Teaching communication is great because the
    content is extremely important and applicable in everyday life. I also believe the discipline has some work to do in terms of relating subject matter to the market
    and I enjoy that challenge as well. 

  • What is your favorite movie?

    I like sports movies. My favorite movie is Hoosiers with Rudy as a close second. 

  • Do you have a favorite food?

    I don’t have a particular favorite food. For the last few years I have been involved in endurance sports and I feel like I’m still learning how to eat. I love the way I feel when I eat mega healthy foods for extended periods of time, but very few things bring me instant satisfaction like a good pulled pork sandwich. Also, I love the Turkish Doner Kebabs I used to buy from vendors in France and Switzerland.

  • Anything on your bucket list that you would like to share?

    I love fly-fishing and I’d really like to do a fishing trip in New Zealand.