Adjunct Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology at the Medical School and the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the School of Dentistry. His teaching activities, which he dearly loves, include serving as the course director for five courses, Biomedical Sciences Core, Human Biology, Integrated Biologic Sciences II and Emergency Procedures I and II, as well as teaching in those courses and the Dental Emergencies course for dental hygiene students. He is also the program director (and Regional Faculty) for the Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Programs at the School of Dentistry and has been actively involved with the American Heart Association in those areas for nearly forty years. He is also the Coordinator of the AED Program for UTHSC-H. Having developed an interest in Problem Based Learning, he has actively pursued the utilization of this type of teaching methodology within the School of Dentistry in each of his courses and also served as a PBL Facilitator at the Medical School. He also served as a facilitator in the Ethics course taught to all graduate students through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He is active in the American Dental Education Association and is currently the Councilor for the Physiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics Section and the Chair of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group. He is a past member of the board of ADEA and of the ADEA Gies Foundation.
On a personal note, Dr. Pate has been blessed with a wonderful wife of forty-five years (also a native of California), two wonderful sons (twins), two wonderful daughter-in-laws and six beautiful grand-children. He is an active member of his church and participates in weekly Bible study classes.