In the first half of Barry's career he served as a faculty member, department head, dean,
and vice president in public and private institutions. He provided leadership for the
innovative Experienced Based Education program at Sinclair Community College, which
received great national attention for serving adult learners with alternative and
experiential learning options. As a result of the special competence Barry possessed
in experiential learning, with the provision of Kellogg Foundation support, he consulted
with over 200 colleges and universities, providing consulting expertise related to flexible
teaching and learning programs for underserved populations. His work in alternative and
experiential learning with Ohio University led to the Kellogg funded television series
"Transitions" which he both conceptualized and hosted.
Barry Heermann is the author of Building Team Spirit: Activities for Inspiring
and Energizing Teams (McGraw Hill). He is also the author of several New Directions
editions published by Jossey-Bass which focus on adult and experiential learning themes.
Barry's background in experiential learning, and exploration into spirit and
extraordinary service and performance in the workplace, led to the publication of
his most recent book, Noble Purpose, Igniting Extraordinary Passion for Life and
Work (QSU Publishing Co.). He has additionally created a comprehensive curriculum
for participants to come to know, develop, and bring forth noble purpose in their
life and work. Currently some thirty Noble Purpose Learning Facilitators work with
Barry in the delivery of the Noble Purpose Curriculum, both regionally and by teleconference.
Barry lives with his wife, Kipra, and dog, Namaste, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.