Dr. Bartelt began her career at the collegiate level as an assistant professor at the Community College of Philadelphia and later moved to Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in New Jersey, where she held positions as assistant, associate, and full professor. Dr. Bartelt was appointed dean of liberal arts and sciences at Rowan University in 1991 after serving as president of the College Senate. She became vice president for academic affairs at Central Connecticut State University in 1999 and provost in 2001 before joining AAC&U as a Senior Fellow from 2003-2004. She also served as a visiting senior research fellow at England’s University of Surrey from 1985 to 1986.
She has been a board member of the American Congress of Academic Deans and of the International Communal Studies Association, which she previously served as president. She has been president of the Pitman, New Jersey, Board of Education and is now a board member of the Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Public Library.
Dr. Bartelt’s scholarship has been in the areas of Communal Studies and Higher Education. She was educated at The Ohio State University, where she received a B.S. degree in education and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology.