Ph.D., University of Cincinnati; M.A., St. Louis University; B.A., College of Mount St. Joseph



American Literature, Personal Writing, Grief, Liberal Arts Education


Dr. Barkley is a Professor of English  and Chair of the Department of Liberal Arts at the Mount. She teaches courses in literature and writing, among them, African American Writers, Meet Me at the Theater, In Their Own Voices: American Autobiography, Letters and Memoirs, Advanced Composition, and Feature Writing. Professor Barkley also teaches several interdisciplinary courses, including The Cincinnati Arts Scene and United Nations Sustainable Development Goal: Global and Local.

Dr. Barkley holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Cincinnati (1998), an M.A. in American Studies from St. Louis University (1976), and a B.A. in English from the College of Mount St. Joseph (1970). She is author of four books--Life After Death: Practical Help for the WidowedLoving the Everyday: Meditations for Moms, Woman to Woman: Seeing God in Daily Life, and When You Are a Godparent--as well as numerous feature articles.

Professor Barkley was named the 2000 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching/CASE Ohio Professor of the Year.

Among her passions are the Cincinnati arts scene, ballet (she takes a class every Saturday morning), and her grandchildren.