category: Faculty Emeriti - In Memory Of

Barbara Jensen Cribb

Associate Professor Emerita of Education

Barbara Jensen Cribb (1928-2013), associate professor of education, dedicated her life to education. She began touching the lives of students during the years 1957-1959 in Clinton, Miss., as a kindergarten teacher at Clinton Baptist Church. Upon receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in 1962 with a major in both education and art from Mississippi College, she moved to Jackson, Miss., where she taught art at Provine High School for a year.

Cribb earned her Master of Arts degree in education from
 North Texas State University in 1964 with a major in elementary education and a minor in art. She was an instructor of art and art education at Campbellsville College in Campbellsville, Ky., from 1964-1969, and she served the students of Gardner-Webb College (now Gardner-Webb University) from 1969-1992. Her duties at the University included teaching undergraduate courses in early childhood education.

Cribb earned an educational specialist degree in 1980 from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C., majoring in curriculum and instruction. Cribb also served Gardner-Webb as advisor to students in the undergraduate program as well as supervising student teachers. She was appointed to the graduate faculty in 1987. Upon this appointment she began teaching graduate-level children’s literature, language arts, and young adult literature courses.

In addition, she studied at numerous other colleges and universities, including the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg; University of Florida in Gainesville; Laverne College in Laverne, Ga.; Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.; Campbellsville College in Campbellsville, Ky.; William Carey College, Hattiesburg, Miss.; and the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. Cribb retired in 1992 and was named associate professor emerita of education.

To become well-versed in children’s literature and young adult literature, Cribb traveled extensively; she visited many homes of poets and authors and listened to storytellers and writers all over the world. Her journeys included England, Scotland, Holland, Australia, Tasmania, Alaska, Norway, New Zealand, and other locations.

Source: Personal Interview—Danita H. Hamrick

Updated: Dr. Darlene Gravett and the Office of Gardner-Webb University Communications, September 2014

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