Dr. Patricia A. Robinson serves as Executive Dean of FVTC’s Public Safety Division. In that capacity she oversees programs in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Fire Protection, Wildland Fire, and Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Robinson earned her Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College (Ohio), and her M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She spent thirteen years on the faculty of UW-Madison’s College of Engineering teaching technical communication courses. She was the first Director of the University’s Technical Communication Certificate program. She is author of three books and several articles, and is a nationally-known product safety consultant specializing in instructions and warnings.
In 1991, Dr. Robinson traded her red pen for a badge and joined the Madison Police Department, working as a patrol officer and later as a full-time training officer, teaching a variety of subjects ranging from firearms to report writing. She retired from the Police Department in 2000 and joined the Training and Standards Bureau of the Wisconsin Department of Justice, where she served as Law Enforcement Education Director and Deputy Bureau Director, and was the principal architect of the law enforcement basic training curriculum now used throughout the state.
In 2003 she left the Training and Standards Bureau and relocated to southern Arizona, where she ran a successful consulting business, specializing in scenario-based training for law enforcement and product safety consulting for industry. A long-time volunteer firefighter and EMT, in 2006 she accepted a full-time paid position as Captain for the Sonoita-Elgin (Arizona) Fire Department, in charge of EMS services. A year later, she was lured back to the Midwest by the opportunity to coordinate the development of a Public Safety Training Center and a Health Simulation Center at Fox Valley Technical College.