Dr. Carol Baron
Carol Baron, PhD is Clinical Professor of Research Methods for the Antioch University Ph.D. in Leadership and Change program. Her work in the program focuses on teaching and mentoring graduate students in quantitative research and statistics. She also brings to the program her experience and interest in mentoring and adult learning and her experience in applying a wide range of research methods to understanding the non-profit and social service worlds. Dr. Baron’s career in social research included serving as Director of Sampling at the National Opinion Research Center, as Director of Research and Statistics at the Virginia Department of Social Services, and as a research consultant to national and local non-profit agencies. Her recently published paper on an analysis of Food Stamp Program participation in Virginia is available at the U.S.D.A. Economic Research Service publication website.
Dr. Baron returned to the university as an adult learner and received her Ph.D. from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Education in 2003. Her experience as an adult learner and in working and managing people during her career fostered her interest in learner characteristics and how they affect learning outcomes. Her dissertation study focused on “ways of knowing” and she has presented papers on the topic at the Adult Education Research Conference and the Association for Continuing Higher Education. Dr. Baron also holds a Master of Arts in Social Research from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Kalamazoo College. In addition to her teaching and mentoring work with Antioch University, Dr. Baron has worked in the educational field in both teaching and program evaluation roles. She taught adult development and research methods for the VCU School of Education and seminars in Mentoring in Higher Education and Learner Centered Teaching for the VCU Graduate School as well as online courses in research and statistics for The Union Institute & University. She also conducted long-term evaluations of the faculty development program at Ithaca College and the Preparing Future Faculty for the Professions program at Virginia Commonwealth University.