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Barri Bumgarner

Barri Bumgarner

Asst. Prof Education
 WH 229
 (573) 592-5219
  • Education


Current Job and Position

Dr. Bumgarner is a fifth-year Assistant Professor in the Department of Education. Since 2013, she has been teaching reading and writing education courses, along with teacher preparation courses focusing on the exceptional individual, as well as literature for children and youth. In 2014, Dr. Bumgarner began teaching a digital literacy course, getting current students to embrace the 1:1 movement in order to better prepare for the schools in which they will teach.

Dr. Bumgarner also leads professional development in Missouri schools, aiding practicing teachers with their teaching of reading and writing to preK-12 students. Along with her teaching and professional development work, Dr. Bumgarner is an author, giving presentations across the state and the country about her books and the craft of writing.

She earned her Ph.D. in English Education and Digital Literacy from the University of Missouri at Columbia; M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Missouri; and Bachelor of Science Degree in English and Pre-med from the Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.

Background and Courses Taught

Dr. Bumgarner teaches education classes, many of which focus on teaching future teachers how to teach reading and writing in Language Arts, how to be relevant with technology in a 21st century classroom, as well as other content areas. She also teaches education of the exceptional child, children's and YA literature, and infuses all of her courses with digital literacy. She enjoys incorporating technology as a tool and as an application and is inspiring that philosophy with all her students.

Dr. Bumgarner also supervises student teachers, teaches online courses, and shares her years of experience in the public school classroom. She has over fifteen years of early childhood and secondary classroom experience, as well as seven years teaching in the education department at University of Missouri. While teaching junior high school in Columbia, Dr. Bumgarner also published her first novel, a sci-fi thriller that was the culmination of her love of writing, her interest in the future of technology, and it landed her on an FBI watchlist.

Scholarly/Professional Highlights

After her first novel was published, Dr. Bumgarner devoted time to her writing, publishing two more novels in the next three years, as well as publishing academic articles, teacher education articles, and numerous short stories. She gave hundreds of presentations to schools, organizations, and professionals, gave an international talk

at the annual IWAC conference, and gave national workshops at NCTE and NWP's Technology Liaisons Retreat. While teaching at MU, she was recognized as an exemplary instructor, winning the prestigious High Flier Award twice, and was nominated for the Donald K. Anderson teaching award and received numerous scholarships for her academic and research success. During her tenure at Mizzou, Dr. Bumgarner began coordinating and implementing professional development work with area schools via the Missouri Writing Project and as a practicing teacher and author.

During her first five years at Westminster College, Dr. Bumgarner was awarded a grant to conduct research for the 1:1 initiative, was awarded the Buschman Deans Junior Faculty of the Year Award, was given a Winney Award, won a second Buschman research award in 2017, and was just named the education department’s department chair.

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