Faculty Feature - Amy Barth

Associate Professor
Education - Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.Ed.), Education - Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education

couple in field with 2 dogsDr. Amy Barth has the best of both worlds – working and living on Jewell’s campus.

Dr. Barth and her husband Joe Lundsgaard moved to The Hill – literally – August 2022. Dr. Barth is an associate professor in the education department and faculty-in-residence living in Browning Hall, a co-ed residential hall for returning students.

“Living on campus has not only helped me form closer relationships with Jewell students but it has provided me a space for informal, meaningful interactions that promote learning outside of the classroom,” Dr. Barth said.

Inside the classroom Dr. Barth brings her specialty as a clinically trained speech-language pathologist with broad training in language development and disorders and the language basis of reading disabilities.

Her credentials translated to Dr. Barth becoming the current recipient of 2R15 HD092922 award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Barth explained the purpose of the research award is to look at the role of knowledge in making inferences while reading among elementary grade students with reading difficulties.

With experiential learning an important element of the Jewell experience, it’s especially exciting for Dr. Barth’s students to be involved. “This award also involves Jewell students in the research process and builds research to practice collaborations with area school districts.”

This research opportunity for students aligns with Dr Barth’s interest in teaching at Jewell. “William Jewell has a long history of and commitment to explicitly teaching students how to become active and skillful “thought leaders” in their professions and communities,” she said.

Academic rigor and campus living are not new to Dr. Barth. Before coming to Jewell, she held faculty appointments in the School of Education at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Ia. and in the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. And while studying for her doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kansas, Dr. Barth served as the Assistant Complex Director for a first-year residential hall. This experience led her to on-campus living again.

“I have really enjoyed attending the many academic, sporting, theater, and music events that feature William Jewell students, both on and off campus. Joe and I are always amazed by the talent and dedication exhibited by so many students in such diverse areas.”

Welcome to The Hill Dr. Barth! We look forward to seeing the progress of your research and hearing more about your on-campus living experiences.