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Susan Barcinas

Associate Professor

Director, Department Chairs Institute; Co-Director, Teaching & Learning Institute; Adult and Community College Education Program Coordinator

Poe Hall 300J


Dr. Barcinas is a faculty member in the Leadership, Policy, Adult and Higher Education (LPAHE) Department and has more than 25 years of higher education experience in a variety of roles. Her prior professional background includes academic advising, developing and assessing first-year and other college transition or learner success programs, developing and implementing workplace transition and workforce development programs, offering faculty professional development, and in engagement and community development work through educational partnerships with universities, schools and communities. Her experience includes previous service as an administrator and leader with responsibilities for a 24 campus system in the areas of distance education, continuing education, cooperative extension and public broadcasting. Her current research and teaching focuses upon adult learning in organizational contexts, particularly the study of issues that influence the success of adult learners in post-secondary settings (universities, community colleges) in both credit and non-credit arenas. She also studies faculty work-lives (professional development and/or environment) and gendered and diversity issues in adult and higher education. Dr. Barcinas directs two engagement institutes: one that serves faculty who wish to either develop their teaching/learning or community engagement skills and a second that offers professional development for advancing educational leaders. Her research work primarily draws from qualitative or mixed method qualitative/quantitative paradigms.

Courses Taught

  • EAC 560 Assessment and Evaluation
  • EAC 559 The Adult Learner
  • EAC 539 Teaching in an OnLine Environment
  • EAC 522 Foundations in Adult Education
  • ED 795 Qualitative Data Analysis
  • ED 795 Qualitative Data Collection Methods
  • ED 731 Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • ELP 724 Contemporary Educational Thought
  • EAC 705 Group Learning Processes
  • EAC 708 Continuing Education in the Professions
  • EAC 710 History, Philosophy and Contemporary Thought
  • EAC 795 Sociocultural and Experiential Learning Theories
  • EAC 795 Gendered issues in Adult and Higher Educatio
  •  EAC 795 Contemporary Issues in Community Colleges

Area(s) of Expertise

Contemporary Issues in leading student success in community colleges Adult learner experiences and policies -- female, male, veteran groups