Barbara J. Phipps

Associate Professor
Primary office:
309 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Barbara Phipps, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Curriculum & Teaching and Director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Kansas. She holds graduate degrees in microeconomics and family economics. She teaches economics concepts and teaching methods to educators and teacher education students. She has worked extensively in economics education in the United States and Eastern Europe, teaching economics and pedagogy to educators and conducting research in both the U.S. and Eastern Europe. She has received several grants for and has developed and conducted economics programs for urban high school youth, on technology development in economic education, and on integrating economics into other social sciences and the humanities. She is an affiliated faculty member of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the European Studies programs at KU and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Studies Program. Her current research interests include children's learning of economic concepts and economic education in transitional economies. Professor Phipps has been involved in KU Faculty Governance, serving as President of the Faculty Senate and the Board of Regents Council of Faculty Senate Presidents in 2010-11.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, 1986
  • M.S., Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois, 1974
  • B.A., Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois, 1972


Economics Education

Join us in congratulating Laura Brogdon, math teacher at Shawnee Mission West, C&T alumnus, and recipient of the Educating Excellence Award from Perceptive Software and the University of Kansas School of Engineering! Video:
If they spend less on admin costs, do they allocate those $$ to instruction? #KUSOE Prof shares: #KUDiscoveries

Why KU
  • Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
  • School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education
  • Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
  • Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award