PhD, University of Nebraska
MA, Creighton University
BA, Creighton University
Julie Barak, PhD, received her Bachelor of Arts in English, with history and philosophy minors from Creighton University. She went on to earn her Master of Arts in English from Creighton University and her PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Now an instructor of English at Colorado Mesa University, Barak teaches courses in American Literature and freshman composition. Her areas of expertise are contemporary American Literature, women's literature and composition studies.
Barak's goal as a teacher is to put students in charge of their own learning process. She focuses class time on what students are learning, not on what she is teaching. This means that lecture is not a big part of her classroom activities. Students in Barak's classes spend lots of time working together to solve problems presented by texts, applying various theoretical approaches to primary works, presenting their own ideas about what they have read to their peers and sharing their research with each other. She says that there are three basic concepts shaping her work in the classroom, all intimately connected. They are communication, respect and participation. Barak attempts to be very organized and clear in presenting information to students.
Her scholarly interests are focused on contemporary ethnic women writers. She has recently presented papers on Louise Erdrich, Cynthia Kadohata, Mohja Kafh and Maria Amparo Escandon.