Renée A. Middleton, PhD


Renée A. Middleton, Ph.D possesses a wide-ranging career in the education and human service professions. She served 15 years as Dean of The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (August 2006 – June of 2021). With the Arredondo Advisory Group, she facilitates leadership development and provides executive coaching to university administrators.


  • Dean Emerita of the Patton College of Education and Professor of Counselor Education, Ohio University.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and member of the Executive Committee and the Policy and Advocacy Committee (2013-2022).
  • Serve as Board Member-At-Large and elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors in 2018 for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
  • Faculty of the AACTE Leadership Academy (2010-2015) designed for education leaders navigating challenges of the global environment in colleges of education.
  • Consulted with public agencies (e.g., Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, and Food and Drug Administration) and school districts in Ohio’s rural and Appalachian counties, and urban school districts in Franklin and Cuyahoga Counties.
  • In 2017, Dr. Middleton was the recipient of the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to teacher education, and her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her focus in research and training has been on racial identity development.
  • Received her doctoral degree from Auburn University, with a focus on Rehabilitation Administration and a minor in Rehabilitation Counseling Education.