Dr. JoEllen Barnhart is new to IAA teaching INAG 110 full-time. She possesses an interdisciplinary, professional career involving the fields of communications, marketing, media relations, journalism, disabilities advocacy, teaching, and student services.
In her past employment, Dr. Barnhart served as “Avatar” to the Executive Director of NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) in Washington, D.C. working on special projects of national interest, such as accommodating Wounded Warriors in higher education and opening doors of access to higher education for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Dr. Barnhart also held a key leadership role in building and opening a regional multi-university center for the University System of Maryland in Hagerstown (USMH), Maryland. As Associate Executive Director and the Director of Student and Academic Support Services of USMH, her duties included planning and implementation of student services, academic program development, marketing, library services, and fundraising.
Prior to her position with USMH, Dr. Barnhart served as assistant director of two regional centers for Frostburg State University where she also advised students in sociology and liberal studies. Dr. Barnhart also worked for Hagerstown Community College as Director of Public Information and as a research analyst and focus group moderator for a national market research company. For 8 years, she authored a newspaper column for the Herald Mail Newspapers and is a former television and radio anchor and reporter, as well as voice-over talent for radio and television commercials.
She has taught as an adjunct instructor for Frostburg State University, Hagerstown Community College, Salisbury University, University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies, and Penn State University, teaching a variety of courses in communication, writing, social work, and education.
Dr. Barnhart is also an appointee to by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to the Maryland Disability Development Council and the Maryland Statewide Independent Living Council. She enjoys motivational and informational speaking on topics involving parenting children with disabilities and transformative learning.
A.A. in Communications, Hagerstown Community College
B.S. in Mass Communication, Towson University
M.L.A. in Liberal Arts, McDaniel College
Ph.D. in Education Professions, Capella University
Additional Studies in M.Ed., Special Education, Frostburg State University