About Our Presenters Dr. Linda Elder
Dr. Linda Elder is an educational psychologist and a prominent authority on critical thinking. She is President of the Foundation for Critical Thinking and Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking. Dr. Elder has taught psychology and critical thinking at the college level and has given presentations to more than 50,000 educators at all levels. She is author of Liberating the Mind: Overcoming Sociocentric Thought and Egocentric Tendencies , and has coauthored four books (including 30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living through Critical Thinking , Fact Over Fake: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Media Bias and Political Propaganda , and Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life ) as well as 24 Thinker's Guides.
Dr. Elder has also developed an original stage theory of critical thinking development. Concerned the relationship between thinking and affect, as well as the barriers to critical thinking, Dr. Elder has placed these issues at the center of her thinking and her work.
With experience in both administration and the classroom, Dr. Elder understands firsthand the problems facing educators, administrators, and business leaders.
Dr. Gerald Nosich
Dr. Gerald Nosich is a noted authority on critical thinking and has given more than 250 workshops to instructors and governmental agencies on all aspects of teaching it. He is the author of Reasons and Arguments, Learning to Think Things Through: A Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum, and Critical Writing: Using the Concepts and Processes of Critical Thinking to Write a Paper.
Dr. Nosich has given workshops for instructors at all levels of education in the United States, Canada, Thailand, Lithuania, Austria, Germany, Singapore, and England. He has worked with the U.S. Department of Education on a project for a National Assessment of Higher Order Thinking Skills, given teleconferences sponsored by PBS and Starlink on teaching for critical thinking, served as a consultant for ACT in Critical Thinking and Language Arts assessment, and been featured as a Noted Scholar at the University of British Columbia. He is author of numerous articles, audio and videotapes on critical thinking. Dr. Nosich has been Assistant Director at the Center for Critical Thinking at Sonoma State University and is Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York Buffalo State and at the University of New Orleans.
Dr. Brian Barnes
Dr. Brian Barnes holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Louisville. Barnes is a veteran of the US Army, along with other non-academic careers, and currently teaches face-to-face and online classes at several universities in traditional philosophy topics, sustainability, and critical thinking. He has co-authored articles examining critical thinking strategies and tactics for the National Teaching and Learning Forum and is author of the textbook, The Central Question: Critical Engagement with Business Ethics.
Dr. Barnes co-hosts the weekly radio show, Critical Thinking for Everyone!, on 106.5 Forward Radio in Louisville. He also created Adventures in Critical Thinking, a critical thinking comic book series.