Dr.  Barbara Iannarelli

Dr. Barbara Iannarelli

Chairperson, Dept. of Leadership & Counseling and Assistant Professor of Education

Office Location:
Academic Complex, 323F
Office Hours:
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I was born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY and attended the Niagara Falls Public Schools. This area is important to me. I care about the future of Niagara Falls and the surrounding area as well as the schools. Teaching at Niagara University after a career in the public schools has afforded me the opportunity to share knowledge and experience with future leaders. Teaching at Niagara University meets my needs in all areas: "head, heart and hand." I am learning every day from colleagues and students as well as from the professional development opportunities provided at Niagara. The catholic tradition and the Vincentian Mission of this university provide me an opportunity to grow spiritually and serve the community I love. My service to the community as well as my commitment to the teaching profession provides the opportunity to "give back" for all that I have been given.

Focus of Teaching

I consider teaching my "drug of choice." Teaching provides me with such energy and enthusiasm that I cannot see myself doing anything else. I work to be constructivist in my teaching, to create engaging learning experiences and to always learn from the students I teach. I would hope that students I work with leave as: better people; better teachers and colleagues; and learners with an unquenchable thirst for thinking, learning and continuous improvement.

Current Research

My research interests are in the area of leadership and professional development. I am continuously refining content and pedagogy in teaching the leadership courses.

I assisted with the development and implementation of an 18 hour graduate program in Teacher Leadership.

 In addition I am currently researching the application of differentiated learning to the professional development of adults in schools.

Educational Background

MS Elementary Education State University College at Buffalo

MS Literacy from State University of New York at Buffalo

Ph.D in Research and Evaluation from State University of New York at Buffalo

Certifications: NY Elementary P-6, NY Literacy K-12 and NY Educational Leadership.

Current Involvement

I serve on the Board of Directors of YWCA of Niagara and the Niagara Falls Education Foundation.