Dirk Barram

Dirk BarramProfessor of Business
Phone: 503-554-2822
Email: dbarram@georgefox.edu
Office Location: Hoover 135
Office Hours: By appointment

Dirk Barram began working at George Fox University in 1986. Previously, he worked at Hewlett–Packard in Palo Alto, Calif., as a division training and development manager. At George Fox, Dirk has served in a number of administrative capacities, including vice president for academic affairs (1992-1998) and most recently as dean of the College of Business (2011-14).

Dirk's passion is teaching, and you will find the classroom is where he is most at home. Dirk’s wife Nancy is a fourth-grade school teacher in the Newberg School District. They have a son, Jeff, and daughter, Anna. Dirk strongly believes in George Fox as a Christ-centered institution and is committed to a faith in God that informs not only his teaching but the manner in which he lives out his life.

Professor Barram Teaches:

  • Business
  • Business Strategy
  • Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Senior Capstone


  • PhD, Michigan State University
  • MEd, Kent State University
  • BA, Gordon College

Community Service

  • Southlake Church member
  • Board of Directors for PNE Corporation
  • Business Consultant for various organizations
  • Board of Directors for Tilikum Retreat Center
  • Newberg Public Schools facilitator
  • Chamber of Commerce of Newberg Leadership Development

Research Interests

  • Why college students engage or do not engage in student leadership programs
  • Teaching techniques and styles and effectiveness in the college classroom
  • Keys to a great work environment
  • Teaching business through story

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Article: (submitted) Gender and class standing and their impact on universities students’ decision to participate in leadership development activities
  • Presenter for Northwest Association of Financial Aid Administrators at Oregon State University
  • Presenter for ELITE student leadership conference
  • Presenter for Providence Newberg Hospital Management Conference