Elizabeth F. Barkley
Elizabeth F. Barkley is Professor of Music History at Foothill College, Los Altos, California. Starting as a tutor and then an adjunct professor in the 1970s, her experience with various aspects of college teaching spans almost four decades. Early in her career she founded and directed an Individualized Study Center that provided peer tutoring, mastery learning, and computer-assisted instruction to multiple disciplines within the Fine Arts. In the 1980s, she founded and directed a program that designed and provided contract instruction on technology, intercultural communication, and business to companies throughout the Silicon Valley. After ten years as Dean of Fine Arts and Communications, she returned to the classroom, and recognizing the need to modify the existing curriculum to meet the needs of a changed student population, she created the course, Musics of Multicultural America. This course was approved by UC Berkeley’s Academic Senate as one of the few non-Berkeley courses to meet Berkeley’s American Cultures graduation requirement. Organized on principles of universal design, the course attracts about 1000 very diverse students annually. As demand for the course increased beyond the capacity to deliver in traditional face-to-face format, she became a pioneer in online instruction and blended delivery.
An innovative and reflective teacher, she has received numerous honors and awards, including being named California’s Higher Education Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, formally recognized by the California State Legislature for her contributions to undergraduate education, selected as “Innovator of the Year” in conjunction with the National League for Innovation, being presented with the Hayward Award for Educational Excellence, and honored by the Center for Diversity in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. In addition, her Musics of Multicultural America course was selected as “Best Online Course” by the California Virtual Campus. Additionally, she was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation in conjunction with the Pew Charitable Trusts, and as a Carnegie Scholar, became active as a mentor scholar to faculty conducting the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).
Barkley holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of California, Riverside, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is co-author with Claire Howell Major and K. Patricia Cross of Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (Jossey-Bass, 2nd ed., 2014); author of Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and author of several music history textbooks, including the digital textbooks Crossroads: The Music of American Cultures (Kendall Hunt, 2013), World Music: Roots to Contemporary Global Fusions (Kendall Hunt, 2012), and Great Composers and Music Masterpieces of Western Civilization (Kendall Hunt, 2014, co-authored with Robert Hartwell) as well as the traditional print textbook Crossroads: The Roots of America’s Popular Music (Prentice Hall, 2nd ed., 2007).