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James P. Barber

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of Education

Office: 1104
Phone: (757) 221-6208
Email: [[jpbarber]]
Website: {{,ScholarWorks Profile}}
Social Media: Twitter {{,@JP_Barber}}, LinkedIn {{,@barberjp}}
Areas of Expertise: Integrative Learning, College Student Development, Assessment of Student Learning, Fraternity/Sorority Research, Liberal Arts Education, Pilgrimage Studies


Jim Barber serves as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of Education. Dr. Barber has worked in higher education for over 25 years, and is an expert in the areas of integrative learning, college student development, and assessment of student learning. Prior to his faculty appointment at William & Mary, he worked in student affairs administration, specializing in fraternity and sorority advising, residence life, and student activities. Dr. Barber has substantial experience with international education. He has led students on study abroad experiences in the Czech Republic, China, and Spain and currently serves as co-director of the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies.

Barber is the author of Facilitating the Integration of Learning: Five Research-Based Practices to Help College Students Connect Learning Across Disciplines and Lived Experience (Stylus, 2020). His research has been published in the American Educational Research Journal, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, and Review of Higher Education, among others. Dr. Barber has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Sorority and Fraternity Life Research and Practice (formerly Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors) since 2005, including two terms as Associate Editor and two terms as Editor-in-Chief.


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

Shelley Sutherland Outstanding Volunteer Award, Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, 2021

Past Editor, Journal of Sorority and Fraternity Life Research and Practice

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

King, P. M., Perez, R. J., & Barber, J. P. (2022). A four-year longitudinal study of self-authorship development: Evidence from the Wabash National Study. Journal of College Student Development, 63(6), 626-642.

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

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