Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Master of Arts, Organization Development, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • M.A.T. (Teaching), Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Credentials & Memberships

  • Certified 4MAT Learning Styles Trainer

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, M.S. Organization Leadership, Faculty Adviser, School of Management, Regis University
  • Consultant and Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, American College of Education/DePaul University, Chicago, Ill.
  • Acting Associate Vice Chancellor/Executive Director, Curriculum and Instruction, Adult Education, City Colleges of Chicago, Ill.
  • Executive Director/Operations Manager/Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States, Denver, Colo.
  • Dean, Educational Development and Faculty Services, Community College of Aurora, Colo.
  • Chief Empowerment Officer/Learning Evocateur, Learning4Change, Denver, Colo.

Research & Scholarship


  • Barnes, C.D. (2012). “It’s a Matter of Style: Using the Teaching/Learning Cycle to Develop Holistic Instruction. Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, the inaugural issue.
  • Barnes, C.D. (2005.) The Woo Woo Sisters’ Wee Book of Wisdom: Just Some Little Life Essentials I Wished I Had Known When. Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris Publishing.
  • Barnes, C. (Summer 2005). “Critical Thinking: Its Past, Its Present, Its Future.” In Critical Thinking: Unfinished Business. A New Directions in Community Colleges sourcebook. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Barnes, C. (1998). (Ed.) Accountability in Action. Denver, CO: Advanced Learning Press.
  • Barnes, C. (1997). Manager’s Portfolio of Model Memos for Every Occasion, Revised and Expanded. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.


  • A Matter of Style: Using the Teaching/Learning Cycle to Design Engaging Instruction for Adult Learners. 2012 Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP) Council. Denver, Colorado.
  • So You Think You Want to Be A Director: Leadership Skills for Aspiring Directors. 2012 Association of University Presses National Convention. Chicago, Illinois.
  • What Do Advisors Do? Advising Accountability for Tough Times. NACADA Region 10 Conference. Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2010.
  • The Precision Writing Program. National Center for Academic Transformation Redesign Conference. Orlando, Florida, 2010.
  • Adult Learners: Getting Students, Not Faculty, to ‘Cover the Material’. Front Range Community College. Westminster, Colorado, 2009.
  • Writing Excellence and Contextualized Learning. Regis University, College for Professional Studies. Denver, Colorado, 2009.
  • Mind Mapping: Same Road, Different Destinations. University of Denver, Center for Teaching Excellence. Denver, Colorado, 2006.
  • Creating Career Pathways to Teaching for High School Students: The Developmental Waves. Arizona State Department of Education. Tucson, Arizona, 2006.
  • Critical Thinking: Educational Imperative. National Association of Jewish Day Schools. Livingston, New Jersey, 2005.
  • It’s a Matter of Style. Illinois Adult and Continuing Education Conference. Springfield, Illinois, 2005; Truman College, City Colleges of Chicago, 2004.
  • Developing Career Bridge Programs. Fourth Annual Postsecondary Education for Ohio’s Low-Wage Workers’ Conference. KnowledgeWorks Foundation. Columbus, Ohio, 2005.
  • Workforce Preparation Academy Training Institute. City Colleges of Chicago, Illinois, 2005, 2004.
  • Teaching and Learning So All Students Achieve. Workshops. Youngstown, Ohio, Public Schools, 2005, 2004.
  • The Developmental Waves of Teachers as Learners. Keynote Presentation. The Seven Common Graces: Civility on the College Campus. Workshop Presentation. Professional Development Conference. J. Sargent Reynolds Community College. Richmond, Virginia, 2004.

Awards & Recognition

  • Nominated for President’s Award, Regis University, Spring, 2013

Community Involvement & Service

  • Advisory Committee. Denver International School at Montbello. Denver, Colorado. 2011-Present.
  • Academic Policy and Planning Committee, Regis University, 2011-Present.
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee, Regis University. 2012 – Present.
  • School of Management Curriculum Committee, Regis University. 2012 – Present.
  • Co-editor, Council for Accelerated Programs’ Newsletter. 2011 – 2012.
  • Writer, editor, publisher, School of Management Newsletter. 2010 – 2013.
  • Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal Management Team. 2011 – Present.