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Dr. David M Barker, Assistant Professor of Education

Office: 2139 - Buzzard Hall
Phone: 217-581-5931
Fax: 217-581-7147
Office Hours: M-W-F 11:00am-12:40pm; W 3:00-3:40pm.

David Barker teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Sociology, History, and Philosophy of Education. Dr. Barker also designs and conducts numerous on-line classes, and has, since 2003, taught in EIU’s Alternative Pathways to Teacher Certification program. His academic and research emphasis is on early-American education, with a specialization in the educational, social and political thought of Thomas Jefferson. He has published materials relating to Thomas Jefferson and the Founding of the University of Virginia and reviews of books pertaining to early-American education, and has conducted scholarly presentations on the Puritan Cultural Dynamic and on Thomas Jefferson and No Child Left Behind. Dr. Barker’s current research focuses American education in the post-Revolutionary South, the Life and Times of Thomas Jefferson, as well as English Romantic-era literature.  Dr. Barker’s personal interests include classical-music composition theory and nature photography.

Frequently Taught Courses

EDF 2555, Diversity of Schools and Societies: Social and Global Perspectives
EDF 4450, Philosophy and History of Education
EDF 5540, History of Educational Thought


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, PhD, Education

Professional Organizations

American Federation of Teachers
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
University of Illinois Alumni Association
Life-Member, Life-Sponsor of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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Department of Secondary Education and Foundations

Eastern Illinois University
2147 Buzzard Hall
600 Lincoln Ave. Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-5931
Fax: (217) 581-7147

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