Dr. Barbara McNeil is an educator and professional librarian with diverse experience in primary, secondary, and post-secondary teaching settingss. Currently, she holds a tenured position in Language and Literacy in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina. Her doctoral work focused on the implications of transience / school mobility on the literacy development and achievement of elementary school students. Her current research is in the area of supporting the literacy growth and overall scholastic achievement of transient / mobile students, gender and literacy (especially minoritized adolescent girls and boys), family literacy, multicultural education, school librarianship, and the internationalization of learning. Prior to joining the faculty of Education Barbara worked as a secondary school teacher, teacher-librarian, library consultant for a large school division, and a French Immersion teacher. She is bilingual.
Barbara has teaching experience in Canada (Saskatchewan and Ontario), Botswana, and Dominica (Eastern Caribbean). She has worked as a consultant in Malawi. Barbara has published book chapters and papers and has offered presentations across Canada, in Europe, in Africa, and in China. Also, Barbara was Chair of the Faculty of Education’s Centre for International Training and Education (CIET), (2008-2009), is now a board member of CIET, and is the Regional Director of Canada for the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL).