Dr. Barbara Bonham

Dr. Barbara S. Bonham is a Professor in the Higher Education Graduate Program for the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. She teaches graduate courses such as The Adult Learner, Designing Adult Learning Experiences, Planning Educational Programs, Comparative Higher Education, etc. She serves as Senior Researcher for the National Center for Developmental Education and a faculty member for the Kellogg Institute. Barbara has taught twelve years in the field of developmental education at Bloomsburg University as a math instructor, lab coordinator, tutorial supervisor, and assistant to the Director in a Student Services Program (TRIO). She has over 30 years teaching experience. She has served as consultant to numerous two-year and four-year colleges in the area of developmental education particularly mathematics as well as a program reviewer and evaluator for Title III, Title V, FIPSE, and Achieving the Dream projects. She has worked with State Boards of Higher Education and in business and industry. She has also conducted workshops and keynote presentations at local, state, national, and international conferences.

Her publications, presentations, and areas of research interest include adult learning, designing culturally responsive learning environments, program planning, active learning techniques, assessment and evaluation, instructional design, developmental mathematics, educational systems in other countries, etc.

She earned a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Design from the Pennsylvania State University with a concentration in statistics and adult education. She has three children - Bryan, Heather, and Shawn, a daughter-in-law, two granddaughters - Kana and Abigail, and one grandson - Henry. Her hobbies include learning Japanese, gardening, bicycling, reading historical novels, cooking, collecting teddy bears and watching butterflies.

Title: Professor of Higher Education
Department: Department of Leadership and Educational Studies, National Center for Developmental Education

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Phone: (828) 262-6036

Office address
218B College of Education
Boone, NC 28608-2037