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).
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
Advisory Council, Institute for Pilgrimage Studies
Board of Directors, Center for Fraternity/Sorority Research
Faculty Fellow, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, William & Mary
NASPA Hardee Dissertation of the Year Award, 2010
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