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Dr. Barbara E. Bender is Associate Dean of the Graduate School-New Brunswick and Director of the Teaching Assistant Project. Dr. Bender earned her bachelor’s degree at SUNY Cortland, her master’s degree at SUNY Albany, and her doctorate at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She has held such roles as Associate Provost and Dean of Students, and has taught a wide variety of classes in higher education including courses on college teaching and building leadership skills for Ph.D. students. She has served as a member of numerous accreditation teams for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She participated in the United States Marine Corps officer candidate leadership program for college educators in Quantico, Virginia, and is a member of the Emergency Management Team at Rutgers.
At Rutgers University, Dr. Bender founded the Teaching Assistant Project, a program designed to prepare Ph.D. candidates to teach, the Rutgers Academy for Teaching and Learning, as well as co-founded the Academic Leadership Program, a professional development program for academic department chairs and deans. Her current position encompasses providing leadership and coordinating academic support and student services for graduate students. The author of numerous articles, book chapters, and edited works, she is a frequent presenter at national conferences. She most recently co-edited a book on student's expectations of college, Promoting Reasonable Expectations: Aligning Student and Institutional Views of the College Experience. She served as Editor of the NASPA Journal, the journal of student affairs administration, research, and practice, and received the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators National Award for Outstanding Contribution to Literature or Research. She also received an award from NASPA recognizing her as a “Pillar of the Profession.”