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Barbara M. Townsend

Instructor, Psychology Program
Phone: 814-871-5450
Office: PC 2245

Barbara M. Townsend

Instructor, Psychology Program
Phone: 814-871-5450
Office: PC 2245

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience
  • Service


I had the good fortune to be hired to teach one section of Introductory Psychology back in the fall of 1999 as an adjunct. I had just graduated from Gannon's master's program and I was both excited and anxious to have the opportunity to teach, something I had never done before.  One class became three and then four and then five !!  I was asked and accepted the position to teach in the newly developed Dual Enrollment Program which offers college classes and credits to high school students throughout Erie County. I began with this program at it's inception in 2003 and continue to thoroughly enjoy this worthwile opportunity for both faculty and students ten years later. 

I teach 4 - 6 sections of Human Develpment here on campus each year.  This course has morphed into a life skills course with a great deal of emphasis on the social and emotional challenges of life.  It has been a very popular class on campus and I am grateful for the chance to help my students understand their lives better and to hopefully make good choices in their lives ahead.

I never aspired to be a teacher so there is beauty in the irony that I love my job and am so grateful to Gannon for giving me the opportunity to find my career calling some where I never would have looked for it.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Psychology   (Psyc 111)
  • Honors Introduction to Psychology  (Psyc 111)
  • Psychology of Human Development  (Psyc 222)


Educational History

  • Pennsylvania State University, BS Biology


  • Gannon University, MS Counseling Psychology  (1998)

Professional Experience

  •   Student Government Association - Excellence in Teaching Award  2000-2001
  •   Alpha Sigma Alpha / Alpha Gamma Delta  - Teacher of the Year Award  2012-2013


  • committee member of Safe Network   (2003 - 2009)
  • member of Safe Network Training Team  (2010 - present)
  • faculty co-advisor for LIFE (Love is for Everyone) - a support group for gay and lesbian students on campus
  • mentor in the GU Mentoring Program for new faculty  (2012 - 2013)