Cassie Lyn Barnhardt

Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education, Organizational Behavior and Management, '12

Cassie Lyn Barnhardt, School of Education

Field of Study:  PhD Higher Education - Organizational Behavior and Management

Year in Program:  graduated 2012

Where do you HAIL from?  Iowa City, IA

Prior degree(s):  University of Michigan-Psychology and Dance; Michigan State University-master's in Student Affairs Administration

Before coming to U-M:  I worked as a student affairs administrator, most recently at Dartmouth College as the assistant dean of residential life. Enrolling in a PhD program was the next-step in my career path so that I could pursue a career devoted to researching the ways higher education as a field can better serve society.

Why this program?  I initially began in the Higher Education - Academic Affairs and Student Development PhD concentration. Because I was intrigued by the ways organizational dynamics in schools intersected with student affairs issues, I eventually moved into the Organizational Behavior and Management concentration because my work is really an intersection of the two.

The best part of SOE:  The scale of the work and research at Michigan is big, really big. The interdisciplinary nature of the coursework, as well as the extensive training in research methods sets UM apart. Michigan allows you to work side-by-side with esteemed professors who are at the tops of their fields. With the guidance of my professors they helped me transition from being a student to becoming a part of the professoriate.

After graduation:  Upon graduation, I accepted a position in Iowa City, the home of the University of Iowa, where I work as an assistant professor in the College of Education, in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. I am continuing my research on campus-based social movements, and I also study campus climate, and administrative leadership. Studying higher education is my way of applying all that Michigan has given to me - I am privileged to have received three degrees from U-M, and now I have a responsibility to put that knowledge to work in ways that help improve the lives of students, communities, and the social institution of higher education.

Teach me something!  Having a family presents some challenges while in graduate school. The campus has resources for parents, and my faculty mentors and peers were supportive. I am indebted to the Towsley Children's Center staff for all the support they provided to our family for the years we spent in Ann Arbor.


Barnhardt’s program of study:
Organizational Behavior & Management