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Barb S. Spies

Director of Mission Integration


Mission Integration


(414) 410-4691


CC Campus Center 121


Box 509


Barbara Spies is a professor of Communication with particular interests in Social Media, Strategic Speaking, and Intercultural Communication. Her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University emphasized a generalist approach to the study of communication, which she has continued throughout her career. Her teaching emphasizes practical skills for professional success. She leads students in the creation of communication products for non-profit organizations, applying all the talents students have gained through their undergraduate coursework. Spies published The Prophetic Voice: Antoinette Brown Blackwell’s Jeremiads in the Social Purity Movement in 2017. She has certifications in Social Media from Hootsuite and HubSpot. She runs an annual preaching workshop for novices at the Franciscan Friars Interprovincial Novitiate. Spies serves on the Editorial Board for the Christianity and Communication Studies Network, where she has presented and participated in webinars.


  • B.A., California Polytechnic St U
  • M.A., Miami University OH
  • Ph.D., Penn State University


Social Media, Public Speaking, Research and Analytics, Professional Communication, Intercultural Communication, Franciscan Intellectual Tradition

Why Stritch?

"It is so important to me that Cardinal Stritch University allows many opportunities for students to give back to the community. Service to non-profit organizations is a key focus in many courses. We have engaged in academic service learning for two decades in the Communication department. The population of the campus reflects the beauty of our diverse world. It is a place of many voices, each as significant as the next. All are welcome and expected!"

- Barb S. Spies