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Elizabeth F. Barkley

College Professor & Author
Executive Director of the K. Patricia Cross Academy

Dr. Elizabeth Barkley is a best-selling author whose books have been translated into multiple languages. They include Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, 2nd Edition (co-authored with Claire H. Major, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2020), Interactive Lecturing: A Handbook for College Faculty (co-authored with Claire H. Major, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2018), Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (co-authored with Claire H. Major, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2016), Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (co-authored with Claire H. Major and K. Patricia Cross, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, Second Edition, 2014), Crossroads: The Roots of America's Popular Music (Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition, 2007), and three interactive digital textbooks for Kendall Hunt in conjunction with Great River Learning: Crossroads: The Music of American Cultures (2019), World Music: Roots to Contemporary Global Fusions (2012), and Great Composers and Music Masterpieces of Western Civilization (co-authored with Robert Hartwell, 2015). Her most recent book, Engaged Teaching: A Handbook for College Faculty (co-authored with Claire H. Major) will be released Spring 2022. Based on her books, she has been invited to present keynotes and conduct workshops at conferences, colleges, and universities around the country and internationally.

With over four decades as an innovative and reflective teacher, Elizabeth has received numerous honors and awards, most recently the League for Innovation’s Terry O’Banion Lifetime Achievement Prize for Inspiring Significant Change to Teaching and Learning. She was also 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, chosen as one of two Carnegie Scholars in the discipline of music to conduct pioneering work in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, selected as "Innovator of the Year" in conjunction with the National League for Innovation, presented with the Hayward Award for Educational Excellence, and honored by the Center for Diversity in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Additionally, her Music of American Cultures course – a comparative and integrative study of the multicultural musical styles of the United States that explores the musics of Native Americans, European Americans, African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and Asian Americans from their historical roots to the present was selected as “Best Online Course” by the California Virtual Campus.

She is currently Chief Executive Officer of the K. Patricia Cross Academy, a web-based professional development site for college faculty, and Professor of Music History, Emerita at Foothill College, Los Altos, California.


Bestselling books include:
Interactive Lecturing: A Handbook for College Faculty

Co-authored with Claire H. Major (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2018)

Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty

Co-authored with Claire H. Major (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2016)

Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty

Co-authored with Claire H. Major and K. Patricia Cross (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, Second Edition, 2014)

Student Engagement Techniques

(Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2010)

Crossroads: The Roots of America's Popular Music

(Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition, 2007)

Interactive digital textbooks* include:
Crossroads: The Music of American Cultures (2013)
World Music: Roots to Contemporary Global Fusions (2012)
Great Composers and Music Masterpieces of Western Civilization (2015)

Co-authored with Robert Hartwell

*For Kendall Hunt in conjunction with Great River Learning
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Claire H. Major

University Professor & Author
Executive Information Officer of the K. Patricia Cross Academy

A thought leader devoted to elevating higher education, Claire serves as the Executive Information Officer of the K. Patricia Cross Academy, and as an engaging instructor.

A Professor of Higher Education at The University of Alabama, Claire teaches courses on college teaching, technology in higher education, reading research in the field of higher education, and qualitative research methods.

Research interests include faculty work, pedagogical approaches, technology for teaching, and online learning. She also focuses on issues of higher education in popular culture and higher education as a field of study.

Typically drawing upon qualitative methods to answer research questions, Claire holds a B.A. from University of South Alabama, an M.A. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

A popular author, Claire has published work in leading education journals and presents at both national and international conferences.


Popular Books:
Teaching Online: A Guide to Theory, Research, and Practice

(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015)

Interactive Lecturing: A Handbook for College Faculty

Co-authored with Elizabeth Barkley (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2018)

Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty

Co-authored with Elizabeth F. Barkley and K. Patricia Cross (2nd edition, Jossey Bass, 2014)

The Essential Guide to Qualitative Research: A Handbook of Theory and Practice

Co-authored with Maggi Savin-Baden (Routledge, 2013)

An Introduction to Qualitative Research Synthesis: Managing the Information Explosion

Co-authored with Maggi Savin-Baden (Routledge, 2011)

Foundations of Problem-Based Learning

Co-authored with Maggi Savin-Baden (Open University Press, 2004).

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