Dr. Catherine Barber Dr. Catherine Barber Tenured Professor in Education; Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness Analyst
School of Education

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Dr. Catherine Barber’s areas of research include building community and student engagement in online courses, creating transformative online learning environments, integrating evidence-based writing practices into higher education, and using action research and service learning to promote social justice.

Areas of Expertise
Online learning, effective writing practices, action research, service learning


  • Bachelor of Arts - Psychology (BA) - Columbia University
  • Master of Arts - Clinical Psychology - Loyola University Chicago
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Clinical Psychology - Loyola University Chicago


  • "Case studies in special education: A social justice perspective."
    Editors: Torres, T., & Barber, C. R.
    Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Ltd. (2017)
  • "It’s a puzzle: A self-organizing activity"
    Management Teaching Review
    Authors: McCollum, J., & Barber, C. R.
    (2017) Vol. 2 Page 166-178
  • "Examining the use of play activities to increase appropriate classroom behaviors"
    International Journal of Play Therapy
    Authors: Allen, K., & Barber, C. R.
    (2015) Vol. 24 Page 1-12
  • "Evaluating a pre-session homework exercise in a standalone information literacy class"
    Authors: Goetz, J. E., & Barber, C. R.
    (2015) Vol. 9


  • "Improving teachers’ writing skills: An evidence-based approach." (2018)
    Texas Association of Teacher Educators
    Presenters: Barber, C. R. & McCollum, J.
  • "Using action research to develop scholar-practitioners committed to social justice." (2018)
    Association of Teacher Educators
    Presenters: Barber, C. R., & McCollum, J.
  • "Integrating service learning and common read initiatives for transformative learning." (2018)
    First Year Experience Conference
    Presenters: Barber, C. R., Meier Marquis, J., Balderas, L., & McPherson, L.
  • "Promoting social justice through service-learning in Freshman Symposium." (2017)
    First Year Experience Conference
    Presenters: Barber, C. R., Meier, J., Balderas, J. U., & McPherson, L.
  • "Gather around the experiential fire – It’s a puzzle: A self-organizing activity." (2016)
    Organizational Behavior Teaching Society conference
    Presenters: McCollum, J., & Barber, C. R.
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