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Professor’s Essay Included in Collection on Liberal Arts Colleges

Barth, JayCONWAY, Ark. (August 9, 2015) – Hendrix College politics professor Dr. Jay Barth ’87 is among 30 award-winning professors to contribute an essay to The Best Kind of College: An Insiders' Guide to America's Small Liberal Arts Colleges.

The collection was published in electronic format this summer and the print edition will be released in September on SUNY Press. The essays discuss some of the virtues, the electricity, and the overall importance of the small-seminar, face-to-face approach to education typically featured in small liberal arts colleges.  

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Barth is a 1987 graduate of Hendrix, where he is currently the M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Distinguished Professor of Politics, holds the Bill and Connie Bowen Odyssey Professorship, and serves as Director of Civic Engagement Projects. He was named 2007 Arkansas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

His essay for The Best Kind of College is titled "The Mothers of (Re)Invention."

“As a person who’s now spent exactly half of his life on a liberal arts campus, it was nice to have this opportunity to reflect on the power of the liberal arts model to transform individuals' lives – not just the students but also the faculty members who so often also become exemplars of innovation during their time teaching at liberal arts institutions,” said Barth. “This collection really captures the variety of ways liberal arts colleges offer a distinctive – and distinctively valuable – model of higher education that still resonates in the 21st century.”

About Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit