Walsh Appoints Dr. Linda Barclay as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs


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Walsh University has appointed Linda Barclay, Ph.D., to the newly created position of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective February 15, 2017. In addition to her new position, Dr. Barclay will continue to serve the University as Dean of Graduate Affairs.

As Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Barclay will assist with the creation and implementation of a strategic vision for Walsh’s academic programs for the 21st century learner. As Dean of Graduate Affairs, Dr. Barclay has overseen Graduate Admissions and Grants & Sponsored Research.  She serves as the Graduate Coordinator for Retention, Tenure and Promotion, and as the Institutional Officer for the IRB at Walsh.  She has been active in working with graduate programs in developing interdisciplinary education and on-line support for graduate programs, and in developing new grants, educational programs and certificates.

Before assuming her current position as Dean of Graduate Affairs in 2015, Dr. Barclay served as the Director of Walsh’s graduate program in Counseling & Human Development for over 14 years and taught at Walsh since 1984 in both the psychology and counseling programs. She was instrumental in developing the BA/MA program in behavioral science/counseling and in adding the Student Affairs in Higher Education track in the Master’s program.  She was also honored with the Walsh University Distinguished Service Medal in 2010.  Her scholarship accomplishments include some 40 juried conference presentations, a journal article, and grant and textbook projects.

Nationally, Dr. Barclay served as the President of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and worked for eight years on the 20/20 Future of Counseling Commission for the American Counseling Association. For over 14 years she has served, and continues to serve, as a Team Chair and Site Visitor for CACREP, the national accreditation body for counselor education programs.  In Ohio, she has served as President for the Ohio Mental Health Counselors Association, as a member of the executive board of the Ohio Counseling Association, and as a member on the Counselor Clinical Supervision Committee of the Ohio Counselor Licensure Board.  She was also a founding Board member of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Counselors Credentialing Board.

In addition to her role as a counselor educator, Dr. Barclay worked for over 30 years in the substance abuse and mental health fields in various capacities: agency executive director; program administrator; trainer; clinical supervisor; consultant; and private practice partner. 

Internationally, she has provided consultation and capacity-building counseling workshops for both the Brothers of Christian Instruction Kisubi University College and for the Archdiocese of Gulu in Uganda, where she has traveled extensively to train counselors dealing with the civil war and human-rights abuse issues which affect Uganda’s citizens. 

She has received the following awards and fellowships: Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1970; NDEA Fellowship, 1970-73; NOCHE Excellence in Teaching Award, 2005; President’s Award for service to the profession, American Mental Health Counselors Association, 2006; the David Brooks Award for leadership and service to the profession, Ohio Counseling Association, 2009; and the Counselor Educator of the Year Award, American Mental Health Counselor’s Association, 2009.

She has a Master of Arts in Counseling, with clinical endorsement from Walsh University, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati.  Dr. Barclay also has a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Syracuse University.