Patricia Sauter

Professor Emeritus

patricia sauter profileEducation:
B.A., Rosemont College

M.S., University of New Haven

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, Johnson & Wales University

Dates of Service at the College:
1986 – 2018

Positions Held:
Professor of Criminal Justice


Over her 32 years at Three Rivers, Professor of Criminal Justice Patricia Sauter served on many committees including most recently the Curriculum Committee, co-chaired the General Education Committee, and worked tirelessly to advocate for her vision of Three Rivers excellence.

She was a fulltime faculty member of TRCC from 1986 until 2018. In the classroom, Tricia built a foundation for learning. At the outset of her introductory classes she reviewed various learning styles, helping students identify where they were strongest and developing strategies to promote learning in the other styles. Her classes were constructed so that students could excel in various learning styles, promoting success in hers and other classes.

Tricia was committed to excellence in education. This was evidenced by her ongoing efforts in the classroom where she was constantly updating curriculum and instruction strategies even as she prepared to retire. Tricia helped lead the institution in developmental education evaluation and student-focused curriculum design. She was instrumental in developing the first shared governance model for the college and served as its chair twice; she chaired division, was Department chair, and chaired and interdivisional system-wide advising task force. She attended the Kellogg Institute, receiving her developmental education certificate with excellence from that institution by completing extensive campus research.

Tricia had a firm belief and vision that education should be accessible to everyone, even disenfranchised individuals. One example of her commitment was teaching at the local prison. To further that objective, she organized a trip for social science faculty to visit the prison and meet with some of the students there. This helped to build a broader offering of courses to students. Tricia has mentored many without hesitation, judgement, or applause.

Moreover, she modeled the role of faculty in the institution. She was never afraid to speak up in any arena for the ethics of teaching and the furthering of student success. Not everyone agree with her on every point, but her  colleagues were always impressed by how all her efforts were driven by principle.