June 7, 2019 at 9:30am
Dane Lisser

New Director's academic and experiential background will serve to support School of Education mission

Pamela BarnesDr. Pamela Barnes has been named director of the School of Education at Millikin University. She will begin her appointment at Millikin beginning Aug. 1, 2019.

Dr. Barnes comes to Millikin University from the School of Education at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill., where she taught in both the undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs, and in the curriculum and instruction doctoral program. Her work at McKendree also has involved edTPA preparation with teacher candidates.

Dr. Barnes' academic and experiential background will serve to support both the mission of Millikin University and the mission of the School of Education.

"I am thrilled to have Dr. Pamela Barnes joining Millikin University as the new director of the School of Education," said Dr. Deborah Slayton, dean of the College of Professional Studies at Millikin. "Dr. Barnes' interactions with students and faculty colleagues demonstrate that she is knowledgeable, collaborative and goal-directed. Pamela is enthusiastic about the successful initiatives ongoing in the School of Education and very excited about the opportunity to launch a new graduate program in education at Millikin University in the very near future."

Prior to her time at McKendree, Dr. Barnes served for two years as the institutional researcher at Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Ill. Prior to Shawnee Community College, she was on the faculty of Southeast Missouri State University, where she was director of certification and assessment and the accreditation coordinator for the College of Education. She was also an adjunct faculty member at William Woods University. The former elementary school teacher and principal also holds an Illinois Superintendent certificate.

Dr. Barnes was also named President-Elect for the Illinois Association of Teacher Educators.

"We are all deeply appreciative of the outstanding work Dr. Christie Magoulias has done as Director of the School of Education at Millikin, but look forward to working closely with Dr. Barnes as her successor in that role," said Millikin Provost Dr. Jeff Aper. "Dr. Barnes brings a wealth of educational experience and accomplishment that will complement and enhance our substantial strengths in Teacher Education. To top it off, she will be another strong advocate for Performance Learning, which is the hallmark of our approach to student learning and development."

Dr. Slayton added, "Through her external service as President-Elect for the Illinois Association of Teacher Educators, Dr. Barnes will be in a unique position to advocate for teacher education programming across the state in ways which pragmatically and ethically help to ameliorate the growing teacher shortage in Illinois. I am confident she will embrace Millikin University and its external constituents and educational communities as her own."

I am an advocate for students learning through real-world activities that reinforce their classroom experiences. Therefore, Millikin University is the right place for me to continue my career.

Dr. Barnes earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri with concentrations in Special Education and Psychology. She also holds a Master of Education in Educational Administration and an Ed.D. in Education and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri.

"As the new Director of the School of Education at Millikin, I have very big shoes to fill in replacing Dr. Magoulias," Dr. Barnes said. "Her commitment to assisting me with the transition into the role is greatly appreciated and speaks to the professionalism she exhibits and that is fostered at Millikin. Also, my thanks goes to the Search Committee, students, faculty and upper administration in selecting me to fill this very important role within the School of Education."

Dr. Barnes added, "I look forward to joining the leadership team and will strive to fulfill the mission and vision that exemplifies Millikin University. Philosophically, I am an advocate for students learning through real-world activities that reinforce their classroom experiences. Therefore, Millikin University is the right place for me to continue my career."

The Millikin School of Education seeks to create communities of learners and learning environments that demonstrate values of diversity, inclusion and active learning. Students benefit from small class sizes, experience in the field beginning their first semester, co-teaching training and continual opportunities for Performance Learning to apply learned skills.