Barbara Ash, EdD

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  • EdD, Boston University
  • M.Ed, Boston University
  • Boston University (Questrom School of Business)

Research Interests

  • Cognitive learning styles
  • MBTI – Communication and work styles 
  • MBTI – Career development
  • MBTI -  Communication and instructional preferences
  • Curriculum and instructional design
  • Adult learner motivation and participation
  • Presentation skills and training methods

Employment History

  • Professor of Communication & Journalism, Department of Communication & Journalism, Suffolk University
  • Professor of Education & Human Services, Department of Education & Human Services, Suffolk University
  • Director, Human Resources, Learning and Performance Programs, Suffolk University
  • Designed and implemented the following graduate degree and certificate programs at Suffolk University:
    • Human Resources Certificate
    • Instructional Design Certificate
    • Organizational Learning Certificate
    • M.S. Degree in Adult and Organizational Learning
    • M.S. Degree in Human Resources
    • Advanced Post-Master's Program in Organizational Development
    • Joint M.S. Degree in Adult and Organizational Learning and Organizational Development Certificate
    • Joint M.S. Degree in Adult and Organizational Learning and Human Resources Certificate
  • Director, Business Education Programs, Suffolk University
  • Professor and Department Chair, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Adjunct Faculty Appointments

  • Boston University School of Education, Division of Instructional Development and Administration. Advisor to five doctoral candidates.
  • Boston University, School of Education, Department of Adult and Continuing Education. Served as fourth reader for doctoral dissertation and reader and oral examiner, Comprehensive Examination Committee.
  • Boston University Metropolitan College
  • Northeastern University

Consulting Projects

  • National Consultant and platform speaker, Gregg Division, McGraw-Hill Book Company.
  • Conducted scores of professional workshops for government and industry, public and private four-year institutions, junior and community college, and business schools throughout the United States and Jamaica, West Indies.
  • Adult Basic Education License Advisory Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Education.
  • Served as a curriculum consultant for numerous two- and four-year colleges and secondary schools.
  • Served on advisory boards for various two-year public and private institutions.
  • Served as a visiting team evaluator for two-year colleges and business schools.
  • Organized and chaired the Harbor House Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center’s Family Council, Hingham, MA (volunteer service).

Professional Associations

  • Association for Psychological Type
  • Boston Facilitator’s Roundtable
  • President, Vice President, Board of Directors, Delta Pi Epsilon, Epsilon Chapter (Past)
  • President, Vice President, Board of Directors, Massachusetts Business Educators Association (Past)
  • Board of Directors, Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (Past)
  • President, Vice President, Board of Directors, New England Business Educators Association (past)
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Northeast Human Resources Association 
  • Organizational Development Network
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Association for Talent Development
  • Association for Talent Development (Massachusetts Chapter)
  • Pi Lambda Theta

Recent Publications

  • Ash, B. L. (2018). "Using the MBTI to Improve Communication and Instruction," The Forum, Vol. 72, No. 3. (Release date: February, 2018).
  • Ash, B. L. (2015). “Using Twitter to Engage Digital Natives.” Journal of Applied Research for Business Instruction, Vol. 13, No. 2.
  • Ash, B. L. (2015). “Can a Zebra Change Its Stripes? Assessing and Teaching the Introverted Student.” Business Education Forum, National Business Education Association, Vol. 69, No. 5.
  • Ash, B. F. (2005). “Cognitive Learning Style: Implications for Delivering Instruction, Journal of Business Training Education, Vol. 14.
  • Ash, B. F. (2005) “Contributing to Your Profession: Three Opportunities.” Field Notes, SABES (Massachusetts System for Adult Basic Education Support), 4th ed., Vol. 14.

Selected Honors

  • Rider College (New Jersey), Distinguished Lecturer, 1992
  • Recipient of the Suffolk University Evening Division Association Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award
  • Recipient of the Massachusetts Business Educator’s Association Business Educator-of-the-Year Award
  • Past President, Massachusetts Business Educators Association
  • Past President, New England Business Educators Association
  • Past President, Epsilon Chapter, Delta Pi Epsilon
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