Bobbi is a Professor of Pedagogy in the Religion Department and the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. She has served with others for more than forty-five years across a range of settings and positions, many of which she created, organized, and directed. During those years, she also trained in and taught Christian and Buddhist contemplative practices. An ordained Episcopal priest, she is a forty-year Associate of the Fellowship of the Society of St. John the Evangelist and an active member of the Drepung Loseling Monastery. She is a member of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education and has presented several times at the Mind and Life Institute.
Bobbi founded the Theory-Practice-Learning Program at Emory University and offered workshops, trainings, and placement coordination for faculty and community leaders. She continues to serve as a consultant for Engaged Learning and Community-Based Learning Programs and Curricula. Professor Patterson led numerous workshops at national meetings and chaired the American Academy of Religion’s Teaching Committee as well as Teaching and Learning Section. She currently serves on the Board of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion and is a consultant for them co-leading an 18-month workshop on Community-Engaged Pedagogies. She has won numerous teaching prizes and in May 2015 was awarded Emory’s Thomas Jefferson Award. The award specifically recognizes contributions in the areas of teaching, research and scholarship, university advancement in relation to the entire university, as well as community or educational service on the local, state, national, and international level.