About the Dean
John Barker came to Tufts University from the University of Miami in 2012 as the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students.
In this newly reconfigured position, Dr. Barker has overall responsibility for enhancing the undergraduate and graduate student
experience in the School of Arts and Sciences and strengthening the integration of university-wide undergraduate and graduate academic and co-curricular initiatives.
Prior to his arrival at Tufts, Dean Barker was assistant provost of undergraduate education at the University of Miami in Florida, with the scope of university-wide
responsibilities in the areas of undergraduate research, diversity, academic counseling and advocacy, and academic achievement. He was also the founding director of the
Office of Academic Enhancement. His overall portfolio included the honors program; multicultural student affairs; programs of academic excellence; and the academic and
career advisors in residence, academic fellows, special interest housing, and prestigious awards and scholarships.
In addition, Dean Barker served as a faculty master for one of the University of Miami's residential colleges and as an adjunct faculty member in the university's
Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, in Miami's School of Education.
A graduate of the State University of New York Oswego where he majored in political science and history, Dean Barker holds a doctorate in higher education from the
University of Rochester.