Patricia Flowers initially joined the FSU faculty in 2013 as Dean and Professor of Music. She returned to the faculty in 2020 where she teaches a class in the history and sociology of music education.
Dr. Flowers has a long record of research and professional publication focused on music listening, description, and focus of attention. She has presented her work in venues spanning school districts, state and national organizations, professional associations, university residencies, and international meetings. She has served in numerous leadership capacities in music administration and music education, including extensive service to the National Association for Schools of Music (NASM) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) where she was the recipient of the 2012 senior researcher award.
Prior to arriving at Florida State, Dr. Flowers served as professor and chair of graduate studies in music at Ohio State University where she received awards for outstanding teaching and research. Originally an oboist, Dr. Flowers was educated at Kent State University (B.M. and M.M.) and Florida State University (Ph.D.) and has received recognition from both institutions as a distinguished alumna. Early in her career, she taught music in Ohio public schools, and served as a faculty member at the University of Texas at San Antonio.