Cassie Barnhardt, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate

Cassie Barnhardt holds her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education.  While completing her dissertation, Contemporary Student Activism: The Educational Contexts of Socially-Responsible Civic Engagement, Cassie held a King Chavez Parks fellowship. Generally, Cassie’s perspectives on higher education have been shaped by a substantive career as a student affairs administrator, including having served as an Assistant Dean at Dartmouth College, but her primary professional identity is that of a scholar/researcher. Currently, her research is broadly focused on examining the conditions by which college students come to acquire sensibilities and ambitions for socially-responsible democratic participation. Additionally, several of Cassie’s recent publications emerged from her extensive work on AAC&U’s Core Commitments project where she examined five dimensions of personal and social responsibility experienced by nearly 35,000 students and faculty on 23 campuses. She has consulted with several campuses, most recently having conducted a survey that assessed the climate for diversity among the professional staff at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; and having served as Research Director for Purpose Linked Consulting where she developed a proprietary survey instrument assessing the individual purpose and professional passion in the workplace. Cassie also holds her MA in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University, along with two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan – one in psychology and the other in dance. Aside from her professional life, she is a mother of two, an avid Michigan fan, and coaches her son’s Science Olympiad team.

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