Jennifer S. Barnhart is a Research Associate for the Illinois Education Research Council. She came to the Council in August 2002. She provides research support for IERC research projects, designs and produces IERC reports, and coordinates the IERC annual “Focus on Illinois Education Research” symposium. She studied at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and received her bachelor’s degree in Education in 1975. Previous work experience includes IBM marketing team support and software training, environmental engineering and consulting team support, and as administrative specialist to the deans of the Graduate School at Kansas State University.