Dr. Barbee earned a Doctor of Education focused on Higher Education Leadership and Management. Her dissertation explored the spiritual discernment practices of the governing boards of Christian higher education institutions. She also earned a master’s degree in Biblical Studies. Her teaching experience includes undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, teaching in both face-to-face and online modalities. The courses Dr. Barbee has taught have been in the areas of biblical studies, biblical interpretation, Koine Greek, spiritual formation, higher education curriculum design, and higher education leadership and administration. She has also mentored doctoral students and served on several dissertation committees. In addition to teaching, Dr. Barbee has held the position of Campus Registrar. Outside academe, she has worked on staff as the Associate Director of Adult Spiritual Formation at a large church–recruiting where she developed Life Group leaders, has been a spiritual formation retreat speaker, and has served as a corporate chaplain.
At the heart of Dr. Barbee’s vocational objective is a desire to provide and inspire outstanding scholarship and to facilitate students’ preparation for service to the glory of God, especially their spiritual formation as emerging leaders who will impact the world.
Her research interests include Christian higher education leadership; Christian leadership formation; individual and group Christian decision-making; the spiritual formation of students in Christian colleges and universities; the integration of faith, learning, and living in curriculum and co-curriculum design; the role of soul care in higher education administration and student development; and the spiritual health of teams and leaders.