PhD, Higher Education, University of Michigan
MA, Communications, University of Michigan
BA, Communications, University of Michigan
Secondary Teaching Certificate, School of Education, University of Michigan
Technical Writing Certificate, School of Engineering, University of Michigan
Business Communication, Organizational and Managerial Communications, Strategic Communication, Marketing Communications, Media Relations, Public Relations, Global Communication and Marketing
Awards / Honors
Joe Saupe Award for Best First Time Presenter at a Regional MIDAIR Conference
Association for Institutional Research MidAIR Conference, Oct. 11, 1996, Excelsior Springs, MO
President, University of Michigan School of Education Alumni Society Board of Governors (3 year term)
Member, Association of Business Communication (ABC)
Member, American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Member, Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
Barbara E. Alpern, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita and was Professor and Chair of the Communications and Marketing Department before she retired in September 2005. She received her doctorate from The Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. Although retired from full-time teaching, Dr. Alpern continues to present papers and seminars that emphasize the importance of research, writing, and presentation skills in today's business environment. She reviews textbooks, serves as a consultant to business and industry as a professional education program designer and presenter, and is actively involved in community agencies and education associations.
Dr. Alpern is married to a CPA, has three children - one was born on April 15th, and four grandchildren.