Dr. Barbara S. Bonham (Retired)

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Retired Professor, Higher Education Graduate Program; Sr. Researcher for the NCDE
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Barbara Bonham was a Professor in the Higher Education Graduate Program, Department of Leadership and Educational Studies at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. She taught graduate courses such as The Adult Learner, Designing Adult Learning Experiences, Program Development, and Comparative Higher Education.

She served as Senior Researcher for the National Center for Developmental Education and a faculty member for the Kellogg Institute. Barbara has taught twelve years in the field of developmental education at Bloomsburg University as a math instructor, lab coordinator, tutorial supervisor, and assistant to the Director in a Student Services Program (TRIO). She has over 30 years teaching experience. She has served as consultant to numerous two-year and four-year colleges in the area of developmental education particularly mathematics as well as a program reviewer and evaluator for Title III, Title V, FIPSE, Achieving the Dream projects and technical assistant for the Developmental Education Initiative.. She has also conducted numerous workshops and keynote presentations at local, state, national, and international conferences.

Her publications, presentations, and areas of research interest include adult learning,instructional design, culturally responsive learning environments,, program planning, promising practices in developmental education, developmental mathematics, non-western approaches to adult learning, and educational systems in other countries, etc.

Dr. Bonham was honored for her national influence, distinguished professional achievements, and lifetime contributions to developmental education and learning assistance. She was selected as a Fellow for Learning Assistance and Developmental Education. The award was granted during a formal induction ceremony held at the National College Learning Center Association conference in Golden, CO. In May, 2011 she received the Outstanding Community of Practice Award from the Reich College of Education for her commitment and involvement in activities which fostered partnerships that improved the education programs that served low-skilled adult learners.

She earned a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Design from the Pennsylvania State University with a concentration in statistics and adult education. She has three children and three grandchildren. Her hobbies include learning Japanese, gardening, bicycling, reading historical novels, cooking, collecting teddy bears and watching butterflies.