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Dr. Carmen L. McCrink

Professor and Program Director of Educational Leadership and Higher Education Administration

Dr. Carmen L. McCrink, Professor and Program Director

"I believe that those of us who choose higher education administration as a profession have a commitment to provide access to all who wish to pursue a postsecondary education."

Degrees Held:

  • MSEd in Education Studies – University of Pennsylvania, 2012
  • PhD in Higher Ed Administration – University of Miami, 1998
  • MEd in Educational Leadership – University of Miami, 1991
  • BS in Education – Florida International University, 1984

Career Highlights:

Barry University (2000-Present)

  • Faculty member, department chair, program director
  • Member of Institutional Review Board
  • Member of University Graduate Council
  • Chair for Service-Learning Review Committee, Center for Community Service Initiatives
  • School representative for Faculty Professional Development Committee, Faculty Senate
  • Project team member for Mission Integration Council

Florida International University (1997-2000)

  • Assistant director of Center for Management and Executive Education

College of Business – Miami Dade College (1980-1997)

  • Executive director for Guantanamo Refugee Education and Training Program
  • Associate dean for School of Arts and Humanities
  • Executive director of ARTS Recognition and Talent Search Program
  • Chair of Critical Thinking Task Force, College-wide
  • Executive director of Columbus Scholars Program, Dominican Republic (special assignment)

Recent Publications

McCrink, C. L., Whitford, H., & Stubbs, N. (Eds.) (2017). Global development of the community college model. New Directions for Community Colleges, 177. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

McCrink, C. L., & Whitford, H. (2017). A partnership for a community college in Chile. In C. L. McCrink, H. Whitford, & N. Stubbs (Eds.), Global development of the community college model (pp. 29-39). New Directions for Community Colleges, 177, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Copeland, J. M., McCrink, C. L., & Starratt, G. K. (2017). Development of the Community College Internationalization Index. Journal of Studies in International Education. doi: 10.1177/1028315317697541

Whitford, H., & McCrink, C. L. (2014). Contextualizing the higher education pathways of undocumented students: An exploration of policy and practice using a framework of intersectionality. In D. Mitchell, C. Simmons, & L. Greyerbiehl (Eds.), Intersectionality & higher education: Theory, research and praxis (pp 55-67). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Recent Presentations

McCrink, C. L., Whitford, H., & Stubbs, N. (2019, February). An exploration of the Role of Self-Determination Theory in the Experiences of Community College Students Enrolled in Associate of Science Degree Programs. Paper presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Potokri, O. C., Perumal, J., & McCrink, C. L. (2019, February). Women students’ enrollment in Nigerian higher education: A review for women’s leadership in the academy. Paper presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Smith, E. C., Starratt, G. K., McCrink, C. L., & Whitford, H. (2018, February). Teacher evaluation feedback and instructional practice self-efficacy in secondary school teachers. Paper presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association, Clearwater, FL.

Posey, V., McCrink, C. L., Harris-Looby, J., & Stubbs, N. (2017, February). A thematic analysis of teachers’ perceptions about the common core standards implementation. Roundtable session presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Richmond, VA.

Posey, V., McCrink, C. L., Harris-Looby, J., & Stubbs, N. (2016, November). Teachers’ perceptions of the implementation of common core standards and school culture. Roundtable session presented at the Sixteenth Annual Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research, Sanibel Island, FL.

McCrink, C. L. (2016, October). The department chair in fields of leadership: Navigating tidal waves. Paper presented at the Leadership in Higher Education Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Links to share?

https://www.wiley.com/en-us/search?pq=McCrink%7Crelevance

In which online degree programs do you teach?

MS Ed. Leadership, MS Higher Education Administration

Which classes do you teach online?

EDU 624: Instructional Design, Measurement, and Evaluation, ADL 745: Organizational Change, HSE 703: Philosophy of Science, HRD 719: Organizational Change, HED 713: Teaching and Learning at the University Level, HED 626: History of American Higher Education, HED 601: Current Issues in Higher Education, and HED 646: College Student Development

What do you want students to take away from your courses?

My expectations is that students develop a comprehensive knowledge base from a specific course as well as from their respective program of study, which they may be able to apply in their educational institution or organization.

What advice would you give to students considering the online education programs?

My advice to students considering the online program is that they need to manage their time effectively while also enjoying the flexibility of online learning. Taking online courses provides students with the opportunity to engage in a multimodal learning experience and thus, enhance their critical thinking skills.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in education?

I majored in higher education administration because I am a lifelong learner and have always enjoyed the college or university environment. I believe that those of us who choose higher education administration as a profession have a commitment to provide access to all who wish to pursue a postsecondary education.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in education face today?

Meeting the needs of a diverse student population must be a priority for student affairs professionals as well as academic administrators across colleges and universities. As such, there is a need for postsecondary institutions to subscribe to a governance model that promotes continuous improvement in the areas of curriculum development and student services.

Why did you start teaching?

I enjoyed sharing what I know. My first teaching experience was at Miami Dade College where I had the opportunity to teach a group of adult learners who were part of a workforce-training program. I realized then that I wanted to work in postsecondary education and assist returning adults in achieving their dreams.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

One of my favorite books is Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks, which is about hope and perseverance during the plague epidemic in 17th century England.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.

I love to dance! I danced classical ballet during my teens. Nowadays, I enjoy my "Groove House" and Zumba classes at the gym.

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