V. Barbara Bush

Associate Professor, Counseling and Higher Education, Master's Program Coordinator
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My career in higher education began when I was hired as a resident director at Illinois State University after completing my master’s degree in student personnel administration. Through the years, my career progressed from that position to director of student activities, to assistant dean of students, to dean of students and senior student affairs officer. Outside of student affairs, I gained experience as a senior associate for a major non-profit organization with a focus on K-12 student success.

Since arriving at UNT, I have taught graduate level classes, supervised internships and chaired dissertations. Also, I have served as coordinator of the master’s program in higher education. Currently, I serve as principal investigator for a Communities Foundation of Texas grant for the establishment of three early college high schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Two of those schools are in their second year of operation. 

My involvement in professional organizations has provided connections critical to my research. I have been a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the premier professional organization for academic leaders in my field, for more than ten years. At this time, I serve as co-chair of one of the programs associated with an ASHE subcommittee—The Council for Ethnic Participation (CEP). 

Another professional organization in which I am active is the American Educational Research Association (AERA). I served as co-section chair of the Division J program committee that selected division papers, symposia, roundtables and poster sessions for the 2006 annual meeting. Other organizations with which I am affiliated are the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA), and the Texas Association of Black Professionals in Higher Education (TABPHE). 

From the beginning of my career at UNT, I have worked with the North Texas P-16 Council. This work is highlighted because it relates directly to my interest in P-16 collaborations. Work with the Council has included co-chairing the Council, chairing subcommittees and co-authoring the annual Gap Analysis Report for Dallas and Fort Worth regions. 

My primary research focus remains African Americans in higher education. However, I have expanded this interest to include issues of college-going for underrepresented students, student retention issues and mentoring. On the topic of African Americans in higher education leadership, I co-edited a book, Intersections: Race, Gender, Organizational Culture and Leadership in Higher Education. Other publications have included a review of Nannerl Keohane’s Leadership in the Modern University, published in The Review of Higher Education and an article on college readiness co-authored with Stephen Katsinas and published in The Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Publications in process include articles on P-16 collaboration, student development issues, and African American administrators in higher education, as well as a book on African American women students. 

Teaching Areas

Foundations of Student Development Administration, Student Development Program Administration, Organization & Administration of Student Development Services, Assessment in Student Development, Studies in Higher Education 

Research Interests

Leadership and Administration, African American Experiences in Higher Education, Student Development Issues, P-16 Collaboration, Student Access and Retention. 


Tidal Wave II, community colleges, and student financial aid.

Hardy, D., Katsinas, S. G. & Bush, V. B.

Enrollment Managemen Journal, 1 (1), 23-48


Rural community colleges and on-campus housing

Moeck, P.G., Katsinas, S. G., Hardy, D. E., & Bush, V. B.

Community College Review, 35 (3), 237-249


Review of the book Higher ground: Ethics and leadership in the modern university

Bush, V.B.

The Review of Higher Education, 30 (4), 474-475


Assessing what matters: Improving college readiness 50 years beyond Brown.

Katsinas, S.G. & Bush, V.B.

Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 30 (10), 771-786


A look behind the veil [Review of the book Grass roots and glass ceilings

Bush, V.B.