Dr. Barbara Bartels
Dr. Barbara Bartels is the assistant vice chancellor of strategic initiatives at Brandman University. She began working at Brandman University in 2009. Dr. Bartels received her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in special education, her master’s in business administration (MBA) from St. Mary’s College of California, and her doctorate of education in organizational leadership (Ed.D.) from Brandman University. Her areas of study and research include education, business, entrepreneurship, and organizational leadership.
Her professional career has included extensive entrepreneurial work in both the education and business arenas. She has a passion for organizational leadership, change management, inspirational-speaking, and motivational theory in the workplace. Her dissertation focused on meaning-centered leadership and how exemplary leaders create meaning for themselves and others, thereby increasing productivity and employee engagement.
Dr. Bartels has presented nationally, including at the annual conferences of the Association of California Community Colleges (ACCCA), the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), and Noel Levitz. Dr. Bartels is also a university adjunct professor, focusing on business ethics and business leadership. She has been a dissertation committee member and dissertation coach, and enjoys helping other students achieve meaning in their work and in their studies.