Stuart Barbier has taught at Delta College since 1998. Prior to that, he taught composition at Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne and Lansing Community College, and he taught English as a second language at Michigan State University, Sakushin Gakuin (including university, junior college, and high school divisions in Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan), and at a junior high school in Morioka, Iwate, Japan.
Teaching English is a second career for him. His undergraduate degree is in economics and management with a concentration in computer science, which he put to use as a senior analyst for an Ohio bank, prior to which he had internships at The Options Institute (Chicago Board Options Exchange), Arthur Andersen & Company, Burroughs Corporation, and the Dow Chemical Company. After working for a couple of years at the bank, he decided that machine and numbers-focused jobs were unrewarding. Fortunately, an opportunity to live in Japan introduced him to the joys and rewards of teaching, after which he returned to school to study English. A graduate assistantship at the Michigan State University Writing Center contributed to his interest in composition.
When he is not at Delta, he can often be found working on his circa 1892 home in Bay City or in its extensive gardens with his family.