Lisa Barker

Assistant Professor

Lisa Barker

Contact Information

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Hawkins Hall, Room 413H

Education

Ph.D., Curriculum and Teacher Education, Stanford University

M.A., Educational Theatre, New York University

B.S., Secondary Education, Northwestern University

Areas of Expertise

English education, Teacher education, Professional development, Classroom discourse, Educational theatre

Biography

Lisa Barker joined Towson University as Assistant Professor in the Department of Secondary and Middle School Education in August 2014. She teaches courses on English education and young adult literature; edits English Journal’s column, “Under Discussion: Teaching Speaking and Listening”; designs research on how the principles and practices of improvisational theatre can inform the work of educators; and facilitates workshops on improvisation and creativity for a range of international corporate clients.

Prior to her work at Towson, Dr. Barker taught at SUNY New Paltz and the Stanford Teacher Education Program, performed with the Stanford Improvisors and children’s theatre companies such as Chicago’s Barrel of Monkeys and New York’s Story Pirates, and founded Stanford’s first children’s repertory theatre company. She also served as Director of Education for Adventure Stage Chicago and Manager of CUNY Creative Arts Team’s Center for Educational Drama, where she helped launch the first MA in Applied Theatre in the US. She began her career as an English, reading, and drama teacher at James Lick High School in San Jose, CA.

Selected Publications

Barker, L. M. (2016). Invoking Viola Spolin: Improvisational theater, side-coaching, and leading discussion. English Journal, 105(5), 23-28.

Barker, L. M. (2016, April). Listening up: Improvisational theatre as a tool for improving the leading of whole-class discussion. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.

Barker, L. M. (2016, April). A self-study of side-coaching: Applying the pedagogy of improvisational theatre to teacher education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.

Barker, L. M. (2015). Defining ‘participation’: A rubric for assessing discussion skills. English Journal, 104(5), 110-113.

Barker, L. M. (2015). Care to elaborate: Encouraging students to build on others’ ideas. English Journal, 104(3), 97-100.

Barker, L. M. (2014). Audition notice(d): Taking steps to align mission and admission. In K. Dawson & D. A. Kelin (Eds.), The reflexive teaching artist: Collected wisdom from the drama/theatre field (pp. 71-77). Wilmington: Intellect.

Alston, C. L., & Barker, L. M. (2014). Reading for teaching: What we notice when we look at literature. English Journal, 103(4), 64-69.

Barker, L., & Borko, H. (2011). Presence and the art of improvisational teaching. In R. K. Sawyer (Ed.), Structure and improvisation in creative teaching (pp. 279-298). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Selected Presentations

Alston, C. L., & Barker, L. M. (2014, November). Helping prospective teachers read for teaching. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English, Washington, DC.

Barker, L. M. (2014, August). Invoking Viola Spolin: Side-coaching in teacher education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, Denver, CO.

Barker, L. M. (2014, January). The teacher moves that encourage student-student listening. Paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research Mid-Winter Conference, Elmhurst, IL.

Barker, L. M. (2012, November). Leading a whole-class discussion. Invited talk at TeachingWorks at the University of Michigan School of Education, Ann Arbor, MI.

Barker, L. M. (2012, April). Supporting teachers’ facilitation of classroom discussion: Where teacher education and improvisational theatre intersect. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Barker, L. M., & Brown, M. (2012, February). Making high-leverage practices in secondary ELA the focus of methods courses. Invited presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Chicago, IL.

Barker, L. M. (2011, February). Beyond Bueller: Improvisational theatre in teachers’ professional learning about discourse facilitation. Paper presented at the Ethnography in Education Annual Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA.

Barker, L. M. (2010, August). Embracing chaos: Improvisational theatre training for secondary classroom discussion. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, San Francisco, CA.