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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 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
M.A. in Guidance & Counseling University of Colorado Boulder, CO
B.M. in Music Education 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 $2.2 million federal Big Sky Teacher Projects.  She had a 4-month U.S. Fulbright to Chile with the Chilean Ministry of Education in 2007. 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 grant and was a Fulbright Specialist Fall 2018 at the University of Vilnius in Lithuania.  This fall she conducted a needs assessment at the Insitute of Learning (University of Greenland) in Nuuk, Greenland, as an English Language Specialist for the U.S. Embassy Copenhagen and U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  She has visited over 45 different countries. In addition to the U.S., she has made presentations in Canada, Vietnam, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Cambodia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Lithuania.