James Barber

Associate Professor

Office: 1104
Phone: (757) 221-6208
Email: [[jpbarber]]
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Areas of Expertise: College Student Development, Integrative Learning, Assessment of Student Learning, Fraternity/Sorority Research, Globalization in Higher Education, Liberal Arts Education


Dr. Barber is an expert in the areas of college student development (in particular, self-authorship assessment), assessment of student learning and integrative learning. Prior to his faculty appointment, he worked in student affairs administration for nearly a decade, specializing in fraternity and sorority affairs, residence life and student activities. Dr. Barber also has substantial experience with globalization and international education. He has led students on study abroad experiences in the Czech Republic (2011), China (2013, 2016), and Spain (2017, 2019).


Ph.D. in Higher Education, University of Michigan, 2009
M.A. in College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University, 1997
B.A. in English Language and Literature, Grand Valley State University, 1995

Activities and Honors

Co-Director, Institute for Pilgrimage Studies

Past Editor, Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors

Research Assessment Faculty Team, Piazza Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research and Reform

Faculty Fellow, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, William & Mary

NASPA Hardee Dissertation of the Year Award, 2010

Selected Publications

Boone, B. I., & Barber, J. P. (2022). This is the way: Faculty on the Camino de Santiago. In J. Bloechl, & A. Brouillette (Eds.), Pilgrimage as spiritual practice: A handbook for teachers, wayfarers, and guides. Fortress Press.

Bureau, D. A., Sasso, P. A., Barber, J. P., DeFreitas, K. M., Ray, D. C., & Ryan, H. G. (2021). Contextualizing social class and leadership in fraternity and sorority communities. New Directions in Student Leadership, 2021(169), 85-95. doi: 10.1002/yd.20424  

Barber, J. P. (2020). Facilitating the integration of learning: Five research-based practices to help college students connect learning across disciplines and lived experience. Stylus Publishing.

Barber, J. P. & Youngerman, E. (2020). Integrative learning as a process for linking writing and emotion. In C. Wynne (Ed.), Preserving emotion in student writing: Innovation in composition pedagogy (pp. 85-94). Peter Lang Press. doi: 10.3726/b17260

Perez, R. J. & Barber, J. P. (2018). Intersecting outcomes: Promoting intercultural effectiveness and integration of learning for college students, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 11(4), 418–435. doi: 10.1037/dhe0000067

Barber, J. P., Espino, M. M., & Bureau, D. A. (2015). Fraternities and sororities: Developing a compelling case for relevance in higher education. In P. Sasso and J. DeVitis (Eds.), Today's College Student (pp. 241-255). New York, NY: Peter Lang Press. 

Barber, J. P. (2014). Exploring students' integration of learning after four years of college. In G. L. Martin and M. S. Hevel (Eds.), New Directions for Student Services: No. 147. Research-driven practice in student affairs: Implications from the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education (pp. 59-75). San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass. doi: 10.1002/ss.20101

Barber, J. P., & King, P. M. (2014). Pathways toward self-authorship: Student responses to the demands of developmentally effective experiences. Journal of College Student Development, 55(5), 433-450. doi: 10.1353/csd.2014.0047

Barber, J. P. (2014). Integration of learning model: How college students integrate learning. In P. L. Eddy (Ed.), New Directions for Higher Education: No. 165. Connecting learning across the institution (pp. 7-17). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. doi: 10.1002/he.20079

Eddy, P. L., Barber, J. P., Holly, L. N., Brush, K., & Bohon, L. (2013). Internationalizing a campus: From colonial to modern times. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 45(6), 43-50. doi: 10.1080/00091383.2013.842107

Barber, J. P., King, P. M., & Baxter Magolda, M. B. (2013). Long strides on the journey toward self-authorship: Substantial developmental shifts in college students' meaning making. Journal of Higher Education, 84(6), 866-896. doi: 10.1353/jhe.2013.0033

Barber, J. P. (2012). Integration of learning: A grounded theory analysis of college students' learning. American Educational Research Journal, 49(3), 590-617. doi: 10.3102/0002831212437854

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