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Sondra Barringer

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Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Associate, 2013-2016

Sondra Barringer is currently an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership at Southern Methodist University.

Barringer joined the Institute in fall 2013 as a postdoctoral research associate, coming from the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona, where she received her doctorate in 2013 and a Master of Arts (also in sociology) in 2008. Barringer’s primary role at IHE was as project manager on a National Science Foundation grant titled “The Executive Science Network: University Trustees and the Organization of University-Industry Exchanges.” She worked with co-PIs Sheila Slaughter and Barrett J. Taylor (PhD 2012) to map the extent and nature of connections between AAU universities and corporations from 1975 to 2010. The project also evaluated the consequences of these connections on university research, policies, prestige, and other behaviors. She lectured in higher education non-profits as part of a critical issues in higher education series for IHE graduate students.


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Ph.D., Sociology, University of Arizona 

M.A., Sociology, University of Arizona 

B.A., Sociology and Economics, Baylor University

News Featuring Sondra Barringer

Members of the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education community, Karley Riffe (McBee Ph.D.) and Sondra Barringer and Brendan Cantwell (former postdocs at McBee) provide perspectives on faculty involvement in university financial decisions in a recent…

A large number of MIHE students, faculty, alumni, and former postdoctoral associates are participating in the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Cultivating Equitable Education Systems for the 21st Century. The…

by Larissa Lozano

Karley Riffe (IHE PhD 2018) and Sondra Barringer (former postdoc) found significant and persistent differences in staff salaries across institutions of higher education, over time, and across occupational families.

A team of scholars with ties to the Institute "explore[s] trustees’ involvement in a qualitative comparative case study of four elite US research universities." 

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