Faculty Bio

Larry Barron

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Dr. William Barron received his B.A. degree from Rice University in 1976 with a triple major in Psychology, Biology, and English. He then obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in 1978 and 1980, respectively, with an emphasis in Social, Developmental, and Personality Psychology. Dr. Barron's dissertation was entitled, "The Role of Imaginal Processing in Humor." William was then hired as a full-time assistant professor at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa in 1980. He taught courses in the Department of Education and Human Relations and was promoted to associate professor in 1985. In 1987, after teaching for seven years at William Penn, the Barron family moved to Phoenix, where he was hired at the associate professor level to teach education and psychology courses at Grand Canyon College. After one year, Dr. Barron moved exclusively to the Department of Social Sciences, where he has remained ever since. In 1992, he was promoted to full professor and was also granted tenure. In 1997, Dr. Barron became the department chair, and served in that position for nine years until 2006. In 2010, he was actively involved in helping GCU launch both a master's and a Ph.D. doctoral program. William has created nearly two dozen online courses for GCU, as well as teach on-ground courses each semester.

Dr. Barron is currently in his 32nd year of teaching and still loving it. He is especially thrilled to have the chance to teach his discipline from a Christian perspective. To help students succeed, William uses a combination of strategies including lecture, discussions, Socratic questions, reviews, and a judicious dose of humor. In his spare time, Dr. Barron enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He also likes to read, go to movies, and travel.

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