Ms. Barbara Flinn

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Ms. Barbara Flinn


English & World Languages

DeBartolo Hall 229

phone: (330) 941-1653


I am a Youngstown native and former HR Executive who returned to teaching and to Youngstown after decades living in seven different states and the UAE. I was hired as a Lecturer in 2019 after three years as an adjunct and since then have taken on a Composition Co-ordinator role and a Presidential appointment as a Faculty Athletic Representive. I'm also on the Student Conduct Advisory Board and the Student Success Sub-Committee. I love my job and my students and wake up every morning excited about what I'm going to learn that day.

Teaching Interests

Writing! Students who cannot express themselves in writing clearly and concisely will likely struggle to find success in any career and elsewhere in their lives. Learning how to meet students where they are and help them gain confidence in themselves and their writing is my passion.
It's not about the grammar; it's about taking the time to compose thoughts, put those thoughts into words and then put them together to accurately reflect those thoughts to a reader.

  • Education
    • 1981

      MA, English

      Youngstown State University

    • 1977

      BA, English and Secondary Education

      Youngstown State University

  • Past History
    • 2019

      Youngstown State University


    • 2018

      Kent State University

      Part-time Faculty

    • 2016

      Youngstown State University

      Part-time Faculty

    • 2009

      Cleveland Clinic

      HR Business Partner (Cleveland); Chief HR Officer (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

    • 2002

      Progressive Insurance


  • Administrative Assignments
    • 2022 - present


  • Public Service
    • 2023 - present

      Mahoning County Board of Elections
      Youngstown, Ohio

    • 2020 - present

      Board Member
      Youngstown City Health District

    • 2017 - 2018

      Mayor of Youngstown Transition Committee
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2014 - 2015

      Committee Member
      Mill Creek Park
      Youngstown, Ohio