Dr. Anita Barry

Professor Emerita

Anita Barry, Ph.D., professor of linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Michigan-Flint, retired from active faculty status on June 30, 2003, after an exemplary 28 years of service at the University of Michigan-Flint. 

Professor Barry received her B.A. degree from Queen’s College (Brooklyn) in 1965, her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966, and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1973.  She joined the University of Michigan-Flint in 1975 as an assistant professor and the English Department’s sole linguist.  She was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1978, and professor in 1987.  Professor Barry led the way in moving from a purely literary approach to English to a more comprehensive program by developing a full range of undergraduate and graduate linguistic courses as well as the linguistic minor. 

Professor Barry was an active researcher and combined her scholarly expertise and classroom experience in two highly regarded texts.  From the proceeds of the first text she funded the English Grammar Book Award, given each semester to the top five students in each section of ENG/LIN 244, The Structure of English.  She was also particularly active in the Linguistic Society of America, the American Dialect Association, and the Language and Law Association.

Professor Barry was equally active in service to the University, serving multiple terms on the Executive Committee and as chair of her department.  She led the Department’s first self-study and codified department policies.  She chaired the College of Arts and Science Task Force on Teaching, served as director of the Law and Society Program, and was active in the development of the master’s degree in education.  Dr. Barry also instituted and led the college’s faculty colloquium series, edited the UM-Flint Faculty Forum, and served on advisory committees too numerous to mention.