Barbara Ward Klein, Ed.D.

Former Dean of Institutional Assessment and
Professor of Communications

Dr. Klein spent many years as a producer and actress in regional theatre before coming to St. Thomas Aquinas College where she teaches courses in speech communication at the basic, intermediate and honor’s levels.  She is also the Dean of Institutional Assessment at the College and chairs the Institutional Assessment Committee and the General Education Committee.  Dr. Klein was the editor of the College’s annual Institutional Assessment and Academic Assessment Reports and she worked closely with administrators, faculty and students to prepare useful assessment strategies that assure student learning at the course, program and institutional levels. Dr. Klein retired from the College in 2017.

Dr. Klein is one of the founding members of a non-profit, environmental education organization, Nature and Environmental Writers – College and University Educators (NEW-CUE), and she is currently an active member of the Governing Board of that organization.  NEW-CUE sponsored five environmental writers’ conferences in honor of Rachel Carson over the last several years in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and the organization continues to support the efforts of independent writers whose work is intended to help readers to appreciate and value the natural environment.


CA101  Speech Communication

This course is an introduction to verbal and non-verbal communication skills that students can expect to apply to their college experience as well as their careers.  It focuses on the basic principles of effective public speaking and group interaction.  Emphasis is placed on preparation for speeches, including audience analysis, research and outlining. 

This course fulfills a general education requirement at the College, and it is one of many courses offered in the Communication Arts Program at St. Thomas Aquinas College.  The mission statement for the Program follows:

The mission of the Communication Arts program of St. Thomas Aquinas College is to 
enhance students’ awareness of the importance of communication, and its ethical implications in an international environment.  The program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of communications and prepares students for careers in communications or related fields as well as for graduate study.  Students can expect to apply the theories and models of communication throughout their course work as well as in the field when they have opportunities to work on internships and practica in their fields of interest.  It is the goal of the Communication Arts program to provide students with the academic foundation and technical skills they will need to prepare themselves for their careers and for their responsibilities as citizens of the world.