Donna Barbie

Professor and Associate Dean
Humanities and Communication Department
College of Arts & Sciences
Donna Barbie

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies, Emory University
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in English, North Dakota State University-Main Campus
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in English, University of Mary

  • HON 350: Honors Seminar III
  • COMD 415: Nonverbal Communication

Nonverbal Communication
"Reading" American Cultures
American Icons: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The American "Other"
American Exceptionalism
The Arts of Persuasion
American War Drums and Persistent Echoes
The Vietnam War
Survey of Literature
Comedy in Literature
English Composition
Speech Communication
Traversing the Borders: Interdisciplinary Research Methods
Fundamentals of Composition
Senior Thesis
Themes in the Humanities


Long-term work in Sacagawea led to invited publication of “Bird Woman, Donna Reed, and A Gold Coin.” in  We Proceeded On: Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Journal.  38.3 August 2012. 

Interest in golf and popular culture led to the publication of The Tiger Woods Phenomenon:  Essays on the Cultural Impact of Golf's Fallible Superman (McFarland Press, 2012), with Dr. Barbie serving as contributing editor. 
Chapters that Dr. Barbie authored or co-authored from that work include:“Introduction,” “Faithful Fans,” “Celebrations and Conniptions in the Gentleman’s Game,” “Reluctantly Playing the Race Game,” co-authored with Dr. Linda Straubel, "Tweet Your Troubles Away” co-authored with Dr.  Lynnette Porter.

A conference presentation culminated in the publication of, 'Tiger Woods: Golf's Modern Catalyst for Change,' a chapter in Horsehide, Pigskin, Oval Tracks, and Apple Pie: Essays on Sports and American Culture (McFarland Press, 2006), edited by Jim Vlasich.

Participated as informant for Unfinished Journeys, DVD.  Public Radio project, funded by NEH, focused on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, September 2004.  Original series aired in Fall 2005, to celebrate Bicentennial Celebration

Her book, The Making of Sacagawea: A Euro-American Legend (Univ. of Alabama Press, 1996) is an interdisciplinary study of myth formation and maintenance of America's most celebrated native woman.

Another publication, 'Sacagawea: The Making of Myth,' is a chapter in Sifters: Native Women's Lives, (Oxford University Press, 2001) edited by Theda Purdue.

She has published articles in the Proceedings of the Conference on College Teaching and Learning, and of the Non-Traditional/ Interdisciplinary Conference.

Dr. Barbie and Prof. Sarah Fogle received funding to support research concerned with total quality management (TQM) in the college classroom. One of their publications is "Positive Outcomes of Implementing TQM and CQI Strategies in the College Classroom" (Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Symposium on Teaching Effectiveness, ERAU, 1996).

Selected Presentations and Workshops :

“Lightening Rod Tiger Woods: Can't Win for Losing or Lose for Winning” Popular Culture Association of the South Conference. October 2013. Savannah, GA.

Proposed and participated in Panel: “Challenges and Opportunities of Analyzing a Current Cultural Icon” Proposed and Organized Panel Discussion. Popular Culture Association of the South Conference, September 2012.

“Tiger Fandom”  Popular Culture Association of the South Conference. October 2011. New Orleans, LA.
Created and participated in Panel: Tiger Woods: After the Fall2010 Popular Culture Association of the South Conference. October 2010. Savannah, GA
 “Nonverbal Cues in a ‘Gentleman’s Game:’  Rebuilding Tiger Woods”? Popular Culture Association of the South 2010 Conference, Oct. 7, Savannah, Ga., panel presentation. 
“Small Ball Theory of Sports Writing.”  Co-written with Steve Master.  Popular Culture Association of the South Conference, October 1-3, 2009, Wilmington NC.
“Cultural Work of Vietnam War Texts.” Popular Culture Association of the South Conference, October 9-11, 2008, Louisville, Kentucky.
“Comic Duos: Genered Duels.”  Popular Culture Association of the South Conference, Jacksonville, FL, Sept. 2007.
“Nonverbal Communication: Cultural Contingency.” Florida Communication Association  Conference,  Daytona Beach, FL, Oct. 2007.
 Keynote Speaker, “Perceptions of Sacagawea” Bicentennial Celebration of Lewis & Clark Expedition, Bismarck, ND, May 2006 
“Popular Television Programs: Modeling Interactive Audiences.” Popular Culture Association Conference, Atlanta, April 2006
“American Warfare Artifacts: Reflecting and Driving Perceptions.”Popular Culture Association of the South Conference, Savannah, October 2006.
Keynote Speaker, Sacagawea: Hollywood vs History, Ocian In View, Bicentennial Celebration of Lewis & Clark Expedition, Long Beach OR and Ilwaco WA, November 2005
“Gender Wars in Golf.”  Popular Culture Association Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 2004.

Pedagogical Workshops

'Interactive Student Audiences: Collaborations in Primary Research, Enabled by BlackBoard and PowerPoint,' Popular Culture Association, Jacksonville, Fl, October 2005.

'Classroom Team Competitions: Tools for Teaming, Critical Thinking, and Analysis,' Faculty Workshop, ERAU, August 2005.

'Attending to Visual Orientations while Avoiding 'Death by PowerPoint.'' Faculty Workshop, ERAU, August 2004.

'A Visit to a Blackboard Enhanced Course.' Faculty Workshop, ERAU, August 2003.

"Incremental Introduction of Technologies in General Education Classrooms." Association of General and Liberal Studies Conference, Chicago, IL, Nov 2000.

'Leveling the Hierarchy in Humanities Classrooms.' Florida College English Association Conference, Altamonte Springs, FL, Feb 2000.