Barbara L. Ash, EdD

Professor, Department of Communication & Journalism

Phone: 617-573-8280
Fax: 617-742-6982 
Office: Sawyer Building, Rm. 633


  • EdD, Boston University
  • Ed, Boston University
  • BS, Boston University

Research Interests

  • Learning and teaching styles
  • Instructional strategies and training methods for adult learners
  • Adult learner participation and motivation
  • Curriculum and instructional design
  • Continuing learning for the professions

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

  • Board of Directors, Massachusetts Coalition of Adult Education
  • Member, National, Massachusetts, and Bay Colonies Chapters of the American Society for Training and Development
  • Member, Northeast Human Resources Association
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management
  • Member, Phi Delta Kappa
  • Member, Organizational Development Network
  • Member, International Society for Performance Improvement, Mass. Chapter
  • Member, Association for Psychological Type
  • Member, New York Association of Continuing Community Education

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

Recent Publications

Ash, B.F., "Cognitive Learning Style: Implications for Delivering Instruction, "Journal of Business and Training Education, v.14, fall 2005.

Ash, B.F., "Contributing to Your Profession: Three Opportunities," Field Notes," SABES (Massachusetts System for Adult Basic Education Support), Massachusetts Department of Education, v. 14 No. 4, summer 2005.

Courses Taught

EHS 650 - Instructional Design
EHS 652 - Training Methods for Adult Learners
EHS 655 - Continuing Education for the Professions
EHS 660 - Internship
EHS 661 - Teaching and Learning Styles
EHS 662 - Organizational Learning Seminar
EHS 670 - Special Topics
EHS 700 - Independent Projects
Archer Fellows Seminars