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Brian Barnes, PhD

Instructor, Executive Education
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Dr. Brian Barnes earned a BA in Philosophy from Hanover College in Indiana, followed by an MA in Philosophy and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities from The University of Louisville. Dr. Barnes’s post-doctoral work took place with Dr. Richard Paul at The Foundation for Critical Thinking in California. Barnes has been a featured presenter at the International Conference on Critical Thinking, and he is internationally in-demand as a critical thinking educator, trainer, and facilitator. In 2014 Barnes published a textbook entitled Thinking Critically About Business Ethics. He currently serves on the faculty at The University of Louisville, Indiana University Southeast, Bellarmine University, and Spalding University. Barnes is also a faculty member at UofL’s partner institution in Panama, Quality Leadership University, and he teaches online critical thinking courses for The Foundation for Critical Thinking. A veteran of the United States Army, Barnes earned an Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and Joint Services Achievement Medal, among other accolades. Barnes regularly consults across the professional spectrum, and he has worked directly for The National Security Agency and other government agencies for professional intelligence tasks in classified settings.

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