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  Profile

Barbara J. Levine, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Communications & Information Systems (School of Communications and Information Systems)
Associate Professor of Communications (Communications)
levine@rmu.edu
412-397-6460 phone (M)
412-397-6469 fax
Wheatley Center 306


Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1973
  • Master of Arts, Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1974

Professional Background

  • Robert Morris University Dean and Associate Professor (2008-present) School of Communications and Information Systems. Manage a faculty of 56, a staff of 14 and a $6.60M budget. Responsible for managing all academic and administrative aspects of the school's five departments and two centers. Departments include Communication, Computer and Information Systems, English, Media Arts, and Organizational Leadership. Under my watch, two of the undergraduate degrees in the Computer and Information Systems Department were awarded ABET-CAC accreditation. My responsibilities include supporting the school's academic programs and developing new ones, seeking accreditations, participating in enrollment and retention efforts, leading the school's strategic planniing efforts, preparing and monitoring budgets, providing opportunities for faculty and staff development, representing the school to external agencies, board of visitors and trustees, seeking opportunities for funding the school's initiatives, contributing to intellectual and scholarly efforts, assessing the school's programs to ensure that they are of high quality and meet university and school goals. My responsibilities also include negotiating and managing MOUs (Memoranda of Understanding) and exchanges with foreign universities.
  • Robert Morris University Associate Professor (2000-2007) Department of Communication. Primary teaching responsibilities were in two interdisciplinary graduate programs: the Masters degree in Communications and Information Systems, and the Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications. Evaluated and developed curricula and advised and recruited students. Served on several university school and departmental committees. Published papers, chaired panel discussions, and participated as a panelist at national and international conferences. Received two teaching awards and one faculty recognition award.
  • Robert Morris University Acting Dean and Associate Professor (1999-2000) School of Communications and Information Systems. Managed a faculty of 56, a staff of 12 and a $5M budget. Responsible for managing the academic and administrative aspects of the school; leading the school planning effort; preparing, monitoring and overseeing budgets; representing the school to external agencies, board of visitors, and advisory committees; making decisions pertaining to hiring, training, development, promotions, reappointment, and merit evaluations; ensuring the development and evaluation of curricula, seeking opportunities and encouraging writing of grant proposals; assisting the university in fund raising efforts; teaching courses offered in the school; contributing to intellectual and research efforts; and establishing measurable goals and conducting outcomes assessment.
  • Robert Morris University Assistant Dean and Associate Professor (1991-1999) School of Communications and Information Systems. Assisted the Dean in all aspects of administration. Supervised the College's Academic Media Center. Responsible for the center's strategic planning, budgeting and fund raising efforts. Prepared students to work in professional contexts. Produced and supervised projects for PBS Adult Learning, corporations, nonprofits, cable television, and RMC-TV. Also served as graduate admissions coordinator for the M.S. in Communications and Information Systems, developed curricula and advised graduate students in the program. Taught courses in the undergraduate communications major and the master's program. Served on several departmental, school and university committees that evaluated and created undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Also served on the college's grants, outcome assessment and administrator's committees, and the school's five-year planning, master's and doctoral planning committees.
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Assistant Professor (1979-1981) Department of Language, Literature, and Communication. Taught in the undergraduate communication major as well as in the technical writing Master's program, and Ph.D. program. Developed new courses in public speaking, technical writing, information processing and research methods for Ph.Ds. Served on graduate committees and as a graduate advisor. Served on committees to evaluate RPI business students' communication skills and to create new courses in business communication.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison National Institute on Aging Trainee (1977-1979) Faye McBeth Institute on Aging and Adult Life. Designed and conducted research on communication between young and older adults.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate Teaching Assistant (1973-1977) Department of Communication Arts. Designed and taught six classes per week on interpersonal communication, small group communication and public speaking. Responsible for providing supplementary instruction, grading tests and papers and assigning final course grades.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Research Assistant (Summer 1975) Fay McBeth Institute on Aging and Adult Life. Designed questionnaires and conducted research to investigate differences across the life span in media usage.
  • Mellon Bank Corporation Manager, Retirement Plans (1990-1991) Human Resources Department, Banking Officer promoted to Assistant Vice President. Managed a staff of six. Responsible for managing all aspects of Mellon's retirement plans for 16,000 employees worldwide.
  • Mellon Bank Corporation Compensation and Benefits Communication Specialist (1985-1990) Human Resources Department, Banking Officer. Worked with a team of corporate communications specialists, attorneys, financial consultants and benefits specialists to create written, oral and video communications for 16,000 employees worldwide.
  • Mellon Bank Corporation Corporate Communication Specialist (1981-1985) Corporate Banking Department. Associate promoted to Banking Officer. Developed and conducted communications seminars for managers and management trainees in oral and written communication. Created communications pieces, including profiles of complex banking products for lenders who marketed the bank's products to Fortune 100 companies.

Publications

  • Levine, B. (1978). "Intergenerational Communication: Verbal Images of the Aging Process." Paper presented at the XI International Congress of Gerontology, Tokyo.
  • Levine, B. (1978). "Intergenerational Communication: A Preliminary Investigation of Intergenerational Relationships." Paper presented at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society, Dallas.
  • Barleson, B.R., Levine, B.J., & Samter, W. (1984). Decision-Making Procedure and Decision Quality. Human Communication Research, 10(4), 557-574.
  • Levine, B. and Sipple, W. (1995). "Strategies for Designing Effective Distance Learning Programs." Paper presented at the 11th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Leanring, Madison, WI. (Article published in proceedings.)
  • Levine, B. (1996). "Designing Interactive Satellite Videoconferences for Professional Development." Paper presented at the 12th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, WI. (Article published in proceedings.)
  • Levine, B. (1996). "Strategies for Designing Effective Distance Learning Programs." Paper presented at the Telelearning 1996 Conference, Chicago, IL. (Article published in proceedings.)
  • Levine, B. (1998). "Linking Educators and Professionals Through Distance Learning: Creating Collaborative Learning Environments." Paper presented at the 15th International Conference on Technology and Education, Santa Fe, NM. (Article published in proceedings.)
  • Levine, B. (1999). "Teaching Information Skills: Preparing Graduate Students to Understand and Use Information Technologies for Solving Workplace Problems and Managing Change." Paper presented at the 16th International Conference on Technology and Education, Edinburgh, Scotland. (Article published in proceedings.)
  • Levine, B. (1999). "Integrating Technology in the Undergraduate Curriculum; Preparing Students to Communicate Effectively in Business and Professional Contexts." Paper presented at the 17th International Conference on Technology and Education, Tampa, FL.

  • Levine, B. (2000). "Preparing Teachers to Use and Integrate Technology in the Elementary Curriculum." Paper prepared for the International Conference in Technology and Education, South Africa.
  • Levine, B. (with Zeman, A. and Carson, J.) (2002). "Strategies for Incorporating Writing Across the Curriculum in Economics." Paper presented at the Thirteenth Annual Conference on Teaching Economics: Instruction and Classroom-Based Research.
  • Reviewer for the ISECON (2007) annual conference and for articles submitted to the Information Systems Education Journal.
  • Levine, B. (2008). "Building on Knowledge Acquired Through Teaching and Through Interaction with Employee-Students." Paper and panel presentation at the STC Annual Conference (2008).
  • "Competing in a New World Economy: Global Business Strategies." Six, 30-minute resource programs, produced for PBS, which provide in-depth conversations with internationally known experts on social and public policy issues affecting small and large multinational organizations, 1996. (Produced and wrote scripts and resource materials.)
  • "Mass Deacidification for Paper-Based Collections." Live videoconference, produced for the Pittsburgh Regional Library Center, featuring nationally recognized experts in preserving library holdings, 1995. (Produced and wrote scripts and resource materials.)
  • "Writing Across the Curriculum: Making It Work for Workforce Skills - A Community-Based Approach." Live videoconference, produced for PBS, featuring panel discussions with experts and profiles of successful projects. Includes case studies and instructional materials, 1995. (Produced and wrote scripts and resource materials.)
  • "Competing in a New Work Economy: Perspectives on International Business." Five, 30-minute resource programs, produced for PBS, featuring discussions with international experts on strategies and opportunities for U.S. businesses competing in international markets, 1994. (Produced and wrote scripts and resource materials.)
  • "Writing Across the Curriculum: How Schools, Colleges and Communities Collaborate to Improve Learning." Live videoconference, produced for PBS, featuring projects that address literacy problems from new perspectives (includes case studies and instructional materials), 1994. (Produced and wrote scripts and resource materials.)
  • "Competing in the New World Economy: Conversations With Experts." Five, 30-minute resource programs, produced for PBS, featuring conversations with international experts on the effect of shifts in trade and policies on the global economy, 1993. (Produced and wrote scripts and resource materials.)
  • "Conversations From the Convention." Resource programs, jointly presented by NCTE, featuring discussions with experts about issues in the English curriculum, 1993. (Produced and wrote scripts and resource materials.)
  • "The Accounting Curriculum." Live videoconference, produced for McGraw Hill, featuring discussions with experts about the new accounting curriculum, 1993. (Produced and wrote scripts and resource materials.)
  • "Writing Across the Curriculum in Business, Engineering and Science." Six, 30-minute programs, produced for PBS (including case studies and instructional materials), that explain how to integrate writing into courses in specific disciplines, 1993. (Produced and wrote scripts and resource materials.)
  • "Writing Across the Curriculum: Making It Work in Professional Degree Programs." Live videoconference, produced for PBS, featuring instructional materials and case studies in Engineering, Management and Teacher Preparation, 1993. (Produced and wrote scripts and resource materials.)
  • "The Accountancy Forum - Activity-Based Costing: the Next Generation." Live videoconference, produced for PBS, featuring case studies in activity-based management and instructional materials, 1992. (Produced and wrote scripts and resource materials.)
  • "The Year 2000 Problem: It's Not Just a Technical Issue." Four, 30-minute resource programs, produced for PBS, which provide in-depth conversations with internationally known experts on management, legal and technical issues that affect the bottom line of large and small businesses and other organizations, 1998. (Produced and wrote scripts and resource materials.)
  • "Writing Across the Curriculum: Making It Work." Live videoconference, produced for PBS, featuring instructional materials and case studies in Accounting, Business, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry, 1992. (Produced and wrote scripts and resource materials.)
  • "The Accountancy Forum - Tax Reform in the '90's. Live videoconference, produced for PBS, featuring instructional materials and in-depth discussion of the tax laws, 1993. (Produced and wrote scripts and resource materials.)
  • A partial list; supervised and assisted in producing, researching, and writing scripts for the following: Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh BalletTheatre, The Pittsburgh Coalition to Promote Computing, and Robert Morris' Admissions' Viewbook. 

Presentations

  • 1980 - Levine, B. (1980). "Intra-and Intergenerational Communication in Initial Dyadic Interchanges: The Effect of Age and Sex of Discloser and Target on the LEvel of Self-Discolsure." Presented at the Speech Communication Association Preconference Workshop on Communication and Aging.
  • 1983 - Conference Chair, "High School and College Collaboration: Video as a Means to Examine Model Programs." National Council of Teachers of English, Pittsburgh, 1993.
  • 2003 - Presented my research on transitioning between industry and academia at the STC Annual Conference.
  • 2003 - Levine, B. (2003). "Moving Between Academe and Industry: Lessons Learned." STC Proceedings (2003). Arlington, VA: Society for Technical Communication.
  • 2004 - Levine, B. (2004). "Practitioners as Students: What We Can Learn About Teaching Usability." STC Proceedings (2004). Arlington, VA: Society for Technical Communication.
  • 2004 - Moderated a panel on pedagogical issues related to user interface design at the STC Annual Conference.
  • 2004 - Presented my research on teaching usability at the STC Annual Conference (2004).
  • 2005 - Levine, B. (2005). "How Do Students and Practitioners (Actually) Analyze Users?" STC Proceedings (2005). Arlington, VA: Society for Technical Communication.
  • 2005 - Presented my research on analyzing users for interface design at the STC Annual Conference.
  • 2005 - Moderated a panel, "Research Into Working With Users" at the STC Annual Conference.
  • 2006 - Presented research on usability testing and design issues to the RMU Communicty ("Academic Talk," February 2006).
  • 2006 - Selected to present my research on usability testing and design at the STC Annual Conference (2006), did not attend.
  • 2006 - Selected to moderate a panel, "Applied Methods of User and Task Analysis" at the STC Annual Conference (2006), did not attend.
  • 2006 - Levine, B. (2006). "How Practitioners Evaluate User and Task Analysis for Interface Design." STC Proceedings (2006). Arlington, VA: Society for Technical Communication.
  • 2007 - Levine, B. (2007). "Applying Principles of Cognitive Psychology to Designing Information Systems Interfaces: What We Can Learn From Students and Practitioners." ISECON Proceedings (2007). Submitted for publication in the Inforamtion Systems Education Journal.
  • 2007 - Presented results of research on integrating cognitive science in interface design at the annual ISECON (2007) Conference.

Schedule of Courses
Schedule Book for All Active and Available Future Terms, Barbara


Spring 2015: Doctora
Course-SectionTimeDaysLocInstructorSessionSeats
  • DISC8730-A
  • -APPTMLevine1 (01/05-05/02/15)12 Seats

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