William Barba

Clinical Professor

Educational Leadership and Policy

 468D & 485 Baldy Hall

Educational Leadership and Policy
Educational Leadership and Policy

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University at Buffalo, 1979
    Dissertation: Collective Bargaining in Higher Education
  • M.S. Ed., Counseling and Personnel Administration, St. Bonaventure University, 1974
  • B.A., History (minors in English and Philosophy), St. Bonaventure University, 1969

Biographical Sketch

William C. Barba is currently Clinical Professor of Education, Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy and Director of the Higher Education Graduate Program at the University at Buffalo. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, Dr. Barba earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University at Buffalo in 1979. During his stewardship of the Higher Education Program for the last ten years, it has grown from a small doctoral program with no more than a dozen students, to three graduate programs, including two master's programs and a doctoral program, with more than 100 graduate students.
Dr. Barba brings to the higher education program a rich background in administration, having served in various capacities at a variety of higher educational institutions; the most recent being Assistant Deans of the Graduate School and School of Social Work at UB for more than a decade. Dr. Barba's research interests include the history of American higher education, higher education in the U.S., and academic unionization. He has authored a widely cited book and has numerous other publications to his credit. Dr. Barba is also extensively involved in faculty governance at UB. He serves on the Graduate School of Education's (GSE) Graduate Degrees Committee and the Intercollegiate Athletics Board at UB. Dr. Barba is also a member of the GSE Capital Campaign Committee.

Professional Responsibilities

  • Professor (Clin.) State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Responsible for teaching:
  • The History of American Higher Education
  • Higher Education in the United States
  • Case Studies in the Administration of Higher Education
  • Critical Issues in American Higher Education
  • Academic Collective Bargaining
  • Undergraduate Honors Seminars (Invitational courses)
  • UB101 (Freshman Experience course)
  • Department Chair (2003)
  • Served as chair/on the committee for over 27 doctoral students in the program.
  • Coordinator of the Higher Education Graduate Programs Graduate School of Education (1992 -present)
  • Responsible for the marketing, recruitment and admission of students for three graduate programs with a total enrollment of over 115 students. Also includes developing and updating the curriculum with faculty.

Current Courses Taught



Walsh, L., Brogan, M., & Barba, W. (2000). Affirmative action in American
higher education and the goal of diversity in physical therapy programs. Journal
of Physical Therapy Education, 14 (1), 5-11.



Outstanding Contributions to a Student Affairs Administration Graduate Program,
from Buffalo State College. (December 1999 Bulletin)