Betsy Barnhart, IDSA
Assistant Professor & Area Coordinator, University of Kansas
Student Chapter Liaison, IDSA Kansas City Chapter | 2020-2021
Leader, IDSA's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council | 2020-2022
Betsy Barnhart, IDSA is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Industrial Design at the University of Kansas. Her academic research focuses on the under-representation of women in industrial design and continues her design practice as a sporting goods designer for Nike and STX.
Barnhart's educational practice is based on her extensive experience as an industrial design practitioner, bringing in to the classroom real world experiences and industry partnerships with companies like, Stanley Black and Decker, Zebco, and United Sports Brands. She also serves as the faculty advisor to the IDSA Student Chapter.
Previously, Barnhart taught at Iowa State University, Towson University, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to teaching, she was Design Manager at STX, a licensee of Nike, and worked as an Industrial Designer at Newell Rubbermaid and Sardi Design. She earned her Industrial Design MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.