Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Africana Studies
Telephone: (401) 874-2536
Office: 102 Lippitt Hall
University of Rhode Island
Ed.D., Educational Policy, Research, and Leadership
University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.A., Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education
Ball State University
Courses Recently Taught at the University of Rhode Island
AAF 201: Intro. African & African American Studies
AAF 150: Intro to African American History
AAF 300: Black Identity & the Social World
AAF 300: Urban Education & Blacks in America
AAF 380: Civil Rights
AAF 300: Urban Problems
Courses Recently Taught at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
MAT 610: Educational Research & Technology (Graduate Level)
MAT 613: Urban Education and Society (Graduate Level)
MAT 614: Curriculum Theory and Practice (Graduate Level)
MGT 436: Managing Diversity
UNV 102: First-Year Seminar
Barber, N. (2014). Graduating Seniors: What will be the most cherished memories of your college experience? In “KASA Magazine,” 2(1). University of Rhode Island.
Barber, N. L. (2012). “From this Day Forward: A Reminder to the Graduating Class of 2012.” In KASA Magazine, 1(3). University of Rhode Island.
Barber, N. L. (2011). “The Underground Railroad: Memories, Myths, & Realities of an Authentic American Experience. [An Audio CD Produced by Norman Barber]. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Barber, N. & Barber J. (2005). College success in the palm of your hands. E- Source for College Transition. 3(1), National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition. University of South Carolina.
Barber, N. & Barber, J. (2005). “Jazz for Success: Alternative Music Therapy to enhance Student
Development in College.” The Journal of College and University Student Housing, 33(2).
Barber, N. (2003). From Slavery to Freedom: African American Patriots in the American Revolution.
Parting Ways at: http://www.partingways.org/cms/ngp/colonies_of_new_guinea.
Barber, N. L. (2005). Jazz for Success. [An Audio CD Produced by Norman Barber]. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Barber, N. L. (2003). Support Them Now: A Guide to Preserving Parent-Student Relationships during the College Years. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Barber, N. L. (1986). Transfer Articulation: An Assessment of Transferable Courses from Bristol, Massasoit, and Cape Cod Community Colleges. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Barber, N. L., Rousseau, C., Quinn, J. & Maxwell, J. (1993) College Norms: A Comical Essay on the Realities of College Life. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Jazz for Success
“Program of the Year”
State of Massachusetts
2005 Conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
Jazz for Success
“Exemplary Program of the Year”
2005 Conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (Region I)
Jazz for Success
National Award Nominate
“Exemplary Program of the Year”
2006 Conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
College Norms: A Comical Essay on the Realities of College Life
“Most Creative Orientation Publication”
1994 Conference of the National Association of Orientation Directors (NODA) Region I
The Underground Railroad; The Colony of New Guinea at Parting Ways; Africanisms in American Culture; the Experiences of African American Faculty and Administrators at Predominantly White Colleges and Universities.
Barber, N. L. (2008) “Reflections in Black: A Journey through the Afrocentric Experience.” University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Barber, N. L. (2007). “College Norms: A Gallery Exhibition Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.” University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
As a college administrator, I assumed various leadership positions, including Associate Director of Transfer Admissions and Computer Systems, Director of Residential Education, Director of Financial Aid, Director of New Student Programs, Director of Multicultural Support and Assessment, and Research Assistant for the Division of Student Affairs. In these positions, I was particularly concerned with advancing research and evaluation methodologies that contributed to the development of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices to enhance the success of students in transition (e.g. first year of college, transfer experience, students of color). Thus, my doctorate in educational policy, research, and leadership culminated in a qualitative study that explored the social perceptions of African American community college transfer students at a predominantly white university in the Northeast.
Throughout my career as a college administrator, I developed a number of creative and innovative initiatives that helped to establish standard of excellence for supporting student transitions and facilitating educational success for students in transition (e.g. first year of college, transfer experience, students of color). One of these initiatives was “Jazz for Success.” An innovative faculty-driven CD, “Jazz for Success” employed an easy listening music format that provided timely information, creative ideas, and academic strategies to encourage first-year students in their transition to college (see streaming server). At the 2005 conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, for the state of Massachusetts, “Jazz for Success” was selected “Program of the Year”. It was also selected as the NASPA Region I (New England) Exemplary Program of the Year. In winning these honors, “Jazz for Success” was considered for a NASPA “Excellence Award,” at its 2005 National Conference (see press release).
Another initiative was the development of a comic strip entitled “College Norms.” With Jon Maxwell and Craig Rousseau as the illustrators, College Norms appeared in the UMass Dartmouth Torch from September 1991 - May 1994. I intentionally named the comic strip as an identifying appellation designed to acknowledge its original intent – to discuss and illustrate the normative behaviors, developmental issues, and transitional adjustments experienced by college students. At the March 1994 Region IX Conference of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), “College Norms: A Comical Essay on the Realities of College Life” received the “Most Creative Orientation Publication” award.
To assist colleagues with enhancing their leadership, scholarship, and advocacy for student affairs administration, I have facilitated conference workshops and/or written scholarly articles, sponsored by the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), the Association of College and University Housing Officers International (acuho-i), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, where other creative and innovative initiatives, like Jazz for Success and College Norms, have been used to enhanced college student development, learning, and success.