Born and raised in California, Theodore (Ted) D. Pate received his BS degree in Animal Science in 1967 from California State Polytechnic University, his MS degree in Animal Science in 1969 from the University of Nebraska, and his PhD degree in Physiology and Biomedical Physics in 1974 from Baylor College of Medicine. While a graduate student at Baylor College of Medicine, he assisted in teaching Physiology labs and also taught a course in research at Texas Woman's University.
Dr. Pate joined the faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Dental Branch (now the School of Dentistry) in September 1973 as an Assistant Professor. In 1976 he became an Associate Professor with tenure and in 1980 a full Professor. He is currently a Professor and Division Head of Biomedical Sciences in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at the School of Dentistry and an 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 40 years. He is also the Coordinator of the AED Program for UTHealth.
Having developed an interest in problem-based learning (PBL), he has actively pursued the use 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 University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He also served as a facilitator in the Ethics course taught to all graduate students through the UT 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. He is a past member of the board of ADEA and of the ADEA Gies Foundation. He is also a past chair of the UT System Faculty Advisory Council.
On a personal note, Dr. Pate has been blessed with a wonderful wife of 45 years (also a native of California), two wonderful sons (twins), two wonderful daughters-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. He is an active member of his church and participates in weekly Bible study classes.