University of Vermont

Faculty Biography

Faculty Biography | Barri Tinkler

Barri Tinkler

Barri Tinkler, Ph.D.Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Waterman 409B
(802) 656-1426

Dr. Barri Tinkler joined the faculty of the secondary program in the fall of 2009. She has teaching experience at the K-12 level as a Peace Corps volunteer in Papua New Guinea and as a social studies teacher at Stillwater Junior High School. Her research focuses on the impact of service-learning on preservice teachers' understanding of diversity.

Areas of Expertise:

Curriculum and Instruction; History, Philosophy, Sociology of Education; Immigrant and Refugee Populations; Multiculturalism; Research Methods; Social Justice; Teacher Education

Current Projects:

Brown's Response to Improving Teacher Education (BRITE)


Selected Publications

  • Tinkler, B., hannah, c., Tinkler, A. & Miller, E. (2015). The impact of a social justice service-learning field experience in a social foundations course. Critical Questions in Education, 6(1), 16-29
  • Tinkler, A., & Tinkler, B. (2015). Conversations that matter: Community-based practice in support of the public good. In C. Gerstl-Pepin & C. Reyes (Eds.). Reimagining the public intellectual in education: Making scholarship matter (pp. 117-126). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Tinkler, B., & Tinkler, A. (2013). Experiencing the other: The impact of service-learning on preservice teachers’ perceptions of diversity. Teacher Education Quarterly, 40(4), 41-62.
  • Tinkler, B., hannah, c. l., Tinkler, A., & Miller, E. (2014). Analyzing a service-learning experience using a social justice lens. Teaching Education, 25(1), 82-98. doi:10.1080/10476210.2012.744742
  • Tinkler, A., Tinkler, B., Gerstl-Pepin, C., & Mugisha, V. (2014). The promise of a community-based, participatory approach to service-learning in teacher education. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 18(3), 209-232.
  • Tinkler, A., Tinkler, B., Hausman, E., & Tufo-Strouse, G. (2014). Key elements of effective service-learning partnerships from the perspective of community partners. Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, 5(2), 137-152.
  • Tinkler, A., & Tinkler, B. (2013). Teaching Across the Community: Using Service-Learning Field Experiences to Develop Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teachers. In V.M. Jagla, J.A. Erickson, & A.S. Tinkler (Eds.), Transforming Teacher Education through Service-Learning (pp. 99-117). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • hannah, c.l., Tinkler, B., & Miller, E. (2011). Helping Teacher Candidates Develop a Critical Perspective in a Foundations Course: A Freirian Look at How Teacher Candidates Interpret Their Service-Learning Experiences. In B. Porfilio & H. Hickman (Eds.) Critical-Service Learning as a Revolutionary Pedagogy: An International Project of Student Agency in Action, (pp. 201-219). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Whitcomb, J. & Tinkler, B. (2011) Establishing Dialogues: Moral Reflection Within On-Line, Threaded Case Discussions. Action in Teacher Education, 33(3), 265-282.
  • Tinkler, B. (2010). Reaching for a Radical Community-Based Research Model. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 3(2), 5-19.
  • Tinkler, B. (2006). A community of care in a teacher education supervisory seminar. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 8(1&2), 239-253.
  • Uhrmacher, B. & Tinkler, B. (2007). A Monumental Curriculum. Educational Leadership, 64.
  • Uhrmacher, B. & Tinkler, B. (2008). Engaging Learners and the Community Through the Study of Monuments. International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory & Practice, 11(3), 225-238.

Selected Presentations

  • Tinkler, A., Tinkler, B. (2015). Reciprocal partnerships for social justice: A case study of a comprehensive service-learning initiative in a teacher education program. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL. April 16-20, 2015.
  • Tinkler, B., Tinkler, A., Prue, J., & Cravedi, L. (2014). Redefining a secondary education program through the use of service-learning field experiences. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia, PA. April 3-7, 2014.
  • Tinkler, B., hannah, c., & Tinkler, A. (2013). Using Contact Theory to frame a service-learning experience in a social foundations course. Paper presented at the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Conference, Baltimore, MD. Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2013.
  • Tinkler, A., & Tinkler, B. (2013). Analyzing a school reform initiative using the ecological frameworks of Eisner and Uhrmacher. Session presentation at the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC) Conference, Chicago, IL. October 9-12, 2013.
  • Tinkler, A., & Tinkler, B. (2013). Teaching across the community: Expanding collaborative opportunities through service-learning field experiences that support English language learners. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA. April 27-May 1, 2013.


  • Making a Difference Through Service-Learning [$242,433] from Learn and Serve, Corporation for National Service: A grant to support the integration of service-learning in teacher education at the University of VT. (2010-08-01)
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Current Courses

  • EDSC 055, Citizenship and Education in the US (Spring 2015)

Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years

Citizenship and Education in the US; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Secondary Schools; Practicum in Teaching: Secondary Education; Reading in Secondary Schools; Teaching for Results; Teaching Internship; Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools


  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Denver

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Reviewer from American Educational Research Journal Section on Social and Institutional Analysis: Outstanding Reviewer awarded at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. (2009)

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Educational Studies Association (AESA), Phi Alpha Theta