Biography and education
Barwick was raised in Utica, New York. Following high school, he attended school in Strangnas, Sweden, as a Rotary International Exchange Student, returning to the United States in 1987 to attend the State University of New York College at Geneseo, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree. He then earned a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Iowa, studying under Panayot Butchvarov. He earned his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where Barry Smith served as his dissertation advisor. He is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Independence and a 2013 graduate of Leadership Kansas. He was married in 1997 to the former Carin Weaver, originally of Spencerport, New York. Barwick currently resides in Independence, Kansas, with his wife and their two daughters, Laura and Leah.
Immediately before becoming President of Independence Community College, he was Associate Professor of philosophy and Director of Institutional Advancement at Alfred State College, Executive Director of that college's Development Fund, and held a number of other administrative positions there. He was awarded the first system-wide Provost Fellowship in the State University of New York, and served as an Academic Policy and Planning Evaluation Associate for that system.
He has published and lectured on higher education, and was the President of the New York State Association of Scholars, and President of the American Association for Learning Outcomes Assessment. Barwick is certified by CFRE International, a provider of professional certification of fundraising proficiency. The capital campaign he designed and led at Alfred State College surpassed its goal by 100%.
In addition to his academic work, he is the former CEO of CBD Associates, LLC, a real estate holding company in New York, and was the CFO for The Well-Dressed Reader, an internet specialty company. In 2012, he was elected as one of the voting members of the American Institute for Economic Research.
Following a clash that took place between the Alfred State College campus president and the employees that attracted national coverage in the New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and other venues, Barwick identified the event as the first time that social media criticism had contributed substantially to the reassignment of a public college president, publishing positively reviewed analyses in national and international publications.
Barwick is a proponent of the view that a negative link between large class size, generically understood, and reduced learning outcomes has not been proven to exist in higher education. He has argued that although a negative link has been established between certain types of instruction in large classes and learning outcomes, there is not sufficient experimentation with different instructional methods to determine whether large class size is always correlated with poorer outcomes.
Barwick is the author of the book Intentional implications : the impact of a reduction of mind on philosophy, published by University Press of America in 1984. According to WorldCat, the book is held in 80 libraries. He is also the author of fourteen articles and chapters, primarily on educational administration and his philosophical interests, which include ethics, cognitive science, and metaphysics.
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- CFRE International Annual Report 2011, p. 36  Access date June 10, 2013
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- — Doug Lederman. "News: Another Way Out". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
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- Barwick, Daniel W. "Views: Does Class Size Matter?". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
- WorldCat item record