Barbara Sherlock

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Barbara Sherlock is the Senior Planning and Improvement Associate, Department of Planning and Institutional Research, in the Office of Planning and Assessment. She provides consulting and facilitation services to University teams and work units addressing planning, innovation and improvement initiatives, and coordinates and presents quality improvement and planning programs for University faculty and staff.

Ms. Sherlock previously served in the United States Navy including as executive officer of Penn State’s NROTC unit, as a consultant in the Navy’s organizational development program, and in command, attaining the rank of Commander. She co-edited To Get The Job Done: Readings in Leadership and Management (2nd ed.) for Naval Institute Press.

She served as a Pennsylvania Quality Examiner, and as an Examiner and Judge for the Central Pennsylvania Quality Award. Ms. Sherlock is also a Credentialed Facilitator of Essential Lifestyle Person Centered Planning. She has shared her experiences and approaches in facilitating planning and improvement at conferences sponsored by the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI), Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), and International Association of Facilitators (IAF). Most recently, Ms. Sherlock edited Integrating Planning, Assessment, and Improvement in Higher Education, a collection of Penn State’s Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment’s Innovation Insights published in 2009 by NACUBO, the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Ms. Sherlock earned a B.A. in psychology from Wellesley College, an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, and an M.S. in computer science (with distinction) from the Naval Postgraduate School.