Education professor named 'Outstanding Scholar/Researcher'

Barbara BeyerbachDr. Barbara Beyerbach, a professor of curriculum and instruction at SUNY Oswego, will be honored as one of 20 SUNY Outstanding Researchers/Scholars at a dinner April 14 at the SUNY University at Albany.

She will be recognized along with accomplished colleagues from across the university system “who extend the boundaries of human knowledge and drive economic development in New York,” said John O’Connor, president of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, which bestows the awards.

Beyerbach’s scholarship is in the area of teachers’ professional development, teaching for social justice, culturally relevant teaching and teacher research.

“Most all of my work is collaborative—working with teams of faculty and teams of teachers,” she said, discussing her research last week.

She is a past recipient of the SUNY Research Foundation Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Research as well as the SUNY Oswego President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity and Research.

For the past two years she has been senior research associate director, with Marcia Burrell of Oswego’s faculty, of the national GESA Educational Alliance. GESA stands for Generating Expectations for Student Achievement, and the alliance focuses on social equity in the classroom, working “to help teachers teach all kids,” Beyerbach said.

She has participated in Oswego’s Project CLIMB (Collaborative Link for Instructor Mentoring in Benin), providing professional development for school inspectors in that country.

Since 1990, Beyerbach has co-directed Project SMART, a partnership between SUNY Oswego, the Oswego County business community and community groups, Oswego County superintendents, Syracuse City School District and several schools in New York City to enhance mathematics, science and technology teaching.

Beyerbach earned her doctorate at Syracuse University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at SUNY Oswego. She has published in a variety of leading journals. She presents regularly at national and international conferences.

She has served on the board of directors of the Eastern Educational Research Association as communications director and on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Education. 

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(Posted: Mar 19, 2008)

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