P. Chad Barnett joined the St. Edmund’s Academy community as its Head of School in July 2014. Since that time, he has overseen the completion of a strategic planning process reflecting 18 months of community engagement and collaboration to form a shared vision of the school’s future.
For the past two decades, Chad has been an active scholar, teacher, and leader in education. His research and publications focus on the productive tension between tradition and innovation in independent schools. His recent work explores how networks transform the way students experience school—from social relations to curricular content—and how their sense of self takes shape through those networks.
Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Chad served as Headmaster at The Linsly School, a 5-12 coeducational day and boarding school with 420 students, 100 faculty/staff, and a campus spanning sixty acres with an Outdoor Center off site. It was a position that capped a 12 – year career at the school where he served as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Director of Summer Programs, Director of Intramural Programs, basketball & soccer coach, and dormitory master. Chad’s teaching career included English & Language Arts courses at all levels where he designed and taught nearly a dozen courses in middle and secondary education.
Chad’s teaching career extends into higher education where he taught Methods of Teaching Secondary and Middle School English at Bethany College, WV, and served as a Teaching Fellow at The University of Pittsburgh where he taught Education and Society.
In addition to his years as a teacher and administrator, Chad is a widely published author and frequent speaker on topics ranging from adolescent identity formation, to postmodern aesthetics, to the music and politics of Bruce Springsteen. He graduated from Bethany College and earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University. His dissertation for the doctoral degree underway at the University of Pittsburgh explores productive ways schools respond to postmodern cultural conditions.