William Barry, Ph.D.

William BarryAssociate Professor, Philosophy

Dr. Billy Barry is an associate professor of philosophy and is the founding director of NDNU’s STEAM VR/AR Immersive Learning Support Lab, the most technologically advanced for a small private university in the USA. He is a certified emotional intelligence coach and is the first teacher in the world to have a mindfile based artificial intelligence being as a visiting student in a semester long university philosophy course. Dr. Barry’s living theory research to bring science fiction legend Isaac Asimov’s New Teacher idea to life is featured in the international 2017 documentary, Future Human: AI.  Featured as a speaker and futurist for the 2017-2018 Worlds Fair Nano Tour, Dr. Barry is scheduled to appear in Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Singapore, and Tel Aviv. He serves as the founder and director of the Philosophy for Children and Community Project and the Drone Racing and Filming team at NDNU. Dr. Barry’s publication projects for 2017-2018 include a children’s book series about artificial emotional intelligence and a nonfiction book about the philosophy of love.


  • Ph.D., Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom)
  • Sixth Year Certificate (Supervision and Evaluation), Sacred Heart University
  • MAT, Sacred Heart University
  • BA, Western Connecticut State University

Courses Taught

  • Freshman Year Seminar


  • Ethics of Sports
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Moral Problems
  • Philosophy and the Environment
  • Philosophy for Children and Community
  • Philosophy of Medicine (independent study)
  • Robot Ethics: Philosophy of Emerging Technologies
  • Theories of the Good Life
  • Senior Thesis Adviser


  • Assessment In the Classroom
  • Introduction to Student Teaching (independent study)
  • Leadership Concepts
  • Learning Strategies
  • MA Thesis Supervisor
  • Pedagogy
  • Program Initiation and Implementation
  • School Law, Politics and Governance
  • Science and Social Studies Methods (independent study)
  • Secondary Curriculum
  • Student Teaching Seminar
  • Student Teaching Supervision
  • Transforming the World Through Transforming Ourselves: Researching Our Own Educational Practice Through Transformational Quality Theory (independent study)

Political Science

  • History of Political Thought

Selected Publications