Professor Emeritus, Multicultural/Bilingual Studies
Department of Educational Theory and Practice
College of Education






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Educational Theory and Practice Dept.

Ph.D. in Education, 1997 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
M.A. in Guidance & Counseling, 1978 University of Colorado Boulder, CO
B.M. in Music Education, 1973 Colorado State University Ft. Collins, CO

   Dr. Barfield has taught or been a guidance counselor in Japan, Micronesia, and Germany, as well as in Colorado, California, Virginia, and Montana. As a consultant, she has worked in the private sector and conducted program evaluations for the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), and individual school districts and universities in Arizona, California, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Oregon. 

   Dr. Barfield has been at MSUB since fall 1998 and retired in July 2013 as a Professor for the Department of Educational Theory & Practice and the Department of Music. She also worked as Principal Investigator, Project Director, or Project Advisor for the Big Sky Teacher Projects.  She had a 4-month U.S. Fulbright to Chile with the Chilean Ministry of Education in 2007 and has visited over 35 different countries. In addition to the U.S., she has made presentations in Vietnam, Chile, Peru, Argentina, and Cambodia.  During her sabbatical in Fall 2009 she taught at the Middelburg Center for Transatlantic Studies in the Netherlands. She was awarded another Fulbright in 2013 to teach at the University of Presov in Slovakia. She is currently working in Chile on a National Geographic Society Explorer Grant and will be a Fulbright Specialist Fall 2018 at the University of Vilnius in Lithuania.