Barbara Van Horn

Bachelor of Arts, English, Keuka College (1970)
Master of Education, Reading Education, Towson State University (1973)

Barbara has served as co-director of the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy and of the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy in the College of Education since 2001. In 2010, the College of Education presented her with the Cotterill Leadership Enhancement Award. She used the Award funds to attend a conference on parent engagement in Milan, Italy, and to meet with country leaders and visit parent engagement programs in The Netherlands. Prior to joining the Institute in 1986, Barbara taught high school English and reading; developmental reading and GED preparation at a community college; and adult basic education (ABE) and GED preparation at a community education center. She also developed and ran a library-based literacy program. Barbara's work at the institutes focuses on adult learning and literacy in work, family, and health contexts. In these areas, she has experience in designing and evaluating programs, and curricula and instructional materials for adult learners. She is a life member of the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE) and was awarded the Association's Outstanding Adult Educator Award in 2002. She also represents the Goodling Institute as a member of the National Coalition for Literacy.

Email: blv1@psu.edu
Phone: 814-865-5876