Stephen F. Barnes, Ph.D.
Phone: (619) 594-8806
Fax: (619) 594-0991

Stephen F. Barnes, Ph.D., has a lengthy, distinguished career in public higher education.

Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of Adult Education with the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education (College of Education), Co-Director of the Center for Educational Leadership, Innovation & Policy, and a Senior Research Associate with the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University (SDSU). He teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses, including Research Methods, Adult Learning, Teaching Methods and Materials, Educational Psychology (Adults), Policy Analysis, and Educational Leadership.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education (Leadership and Policy Studies) from the University of Oregon, with supporting areas in Counseling Psychology and the Philosophy of Science. His postdoctoral training includes higher education and administrative law (Universities of Oregon and Georgia), student rights and institutional responsibilities (Federal Bar Association), financial management (Stanford University/WACUBO), college and university management (Carnegie-Mellon University/NCHEMS), and information systems (IBM).

From 1977 through 1992 Dr. Barnes was a senior administrative officer at SDSU, serving initially as Assistant Dean of Students, and then Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs from 1983-1993. From 1993 through 1996 he was Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management of the California Maritime Academy, a campus of The California State University. His 25 years of experience as a manager in public higher education includes successfully administering multi-million dollar annual operating budgets ($3 to $18 million), overseeing the work of large staffs and multiple departments, directing and evaluating programs for students, including health services (primary care and health promotions), housing and residential life, financial aid, enrollment management, educational opportunity programs, disabled student services, career planning and placement, student activities, counseling services, student discipline, housing and residential life, food services, campus store, student government, and alcohol and drug education.

In 1997, Dr. Barnes left university administration to work full-time with graduate students in Education at San Diego State University and to pursue an active research agenda. To date, he has guided more than 125 Master's level theses and research projects. In 1997, he was also selected as a California State University Faculty Fellow, and in that capacity conducted a study for the California Office of the Governor on Distance Education. His primary research interest is now in the area of adult learning and late life adult transitions. His research and publication list is extensive, and includes empirical research, policy studies, manuals, and program evaluations. He has also developed numerous grant and project proposals, many of which have been multidisciplinary in nature involving the SDSU College of Education and School of Social Work, and the San Diego City Schools, County of Imperial, City of Calexico, and human services community agencies. Dr. Barnes has consulted widely in the higher education and non-profit communities, and has served as peer evaluator for federally-funded programs related to academically at-risk cohorts, students with disabilities, and ethnic minorities.

In 1999, he was asked by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census to manage Census 2000 for San Diego and Imperial Counties in California. With a reduced teaching load, he joined the Census 2000 team as a regional manager, and for the next twelve months directed 1,700 employees in eight time-critical field operations. The San Diego/Imperial Counties census region was one of the largest and most diverse in the continental U.S. It included 11 incorporated cities, thirteen Native American Tribes and Reservations, and the entire U.S./Mexico border from region San Diego to Arizona. In terms of area, the region was about the size of the entire state of New Jersey.

Dr. Barnes has received numerous awards and professional recognition from such organizations as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Apple Computer, and U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census (Los Angeles Region), and for community leadership from United Way of San Diego County, San Diego Rotary Club, San Diego Access Center, Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center, and Mt. Helix Park Foundation.