Dr. Barbara Hollingshead

Dr. Barbara Hollingshead

Associate Faculty

I am passionate about working in the area of developmental mentoring and supervision which aims to promote individual growth.

Academic and Professional Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Program Emphasis: Mentoring and Supervision

    - Texas A&M University

  • M.A., Counseling Education

    - University of Texas

  • B.S., Biology, Minor in Psychology

    - Stephen F. Austin State University

"There is a partnership between students and instructor for achieving the best learning experiences."

My Unique Approach to Education

I am passionate about working in the area of developmental mentoring and supervision which aims to promote individual growth by increasing the individual’s level of operation, the depth of intellectual engagement, and by improving quality of decision-making, all qualities associated with effectiveness in any field.

I employ what is now commonly referred to as the Flipped Classroom Model as my philosophy of pedagogy. I support the use of teaching/learning objectives in which students are responsible for learning basic information outside of the classroom and in which the instructor has the responsibility of designing crucial learning experiences for the classroom to assist students in mastering the material. There is interaction between the instructor/coach and the student, between students, and between different groups of students. Through that interaction, questions are answered, others are raised – and the reading material comes alive.

There is a partnership between students and instructor for achieving the best learning experiences. This is effective also in online courses. Lecture material of basic information can be provided in powerpoints and the discussion forum utilized as a simulated classroom discussion where students interact and construct knowledge with fellow classmates by offering multiple perspectives that have the potential to open up possibilities beyond the textbook readings.

Biography

I hold a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Education. Additionally, I have teaching certificates in Biology and Psychology, as well as a certification in Mediation. As a counselor, I served many years in the public schools and worked part time in the private sector as a counselor/mediator. I currently provide consulting services for school districts in the areas of curriculum/instruction/assessment, in addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. I routinely conduct research and publish results. My research interests include counseling groups, teacher retention, character education, and staff development.