Abbreviated C.V.

Danielle Blalock Barefoot

*complete C.V. available upon request

Headshot of Danielle Blalock Barefoot with a desert background in front of the University of Arizona Old Main building

Historian. Educator. Researcher. Mentor.

I Empower students to pursue their passions through nationally competitive scholarships

As Assistant Director, Office of Nationally Competitive Fellowships, I introduce students to opportunities available and assist them in navigating the application process using my advanced skills in grant writing, researching, and mentoring. I am especially passionate about working with first-generation university students because of my personal experience as a first-generation student and Pell grant recipient.

Additionally, I am completing a Ph.D. in History with minors in Global/Comparative History and Higher Education at the University of Arizona. I study Latin America with an emphasis on twentieth-century Chile. From March-November 2018, I completed my dissertation research as a Fulbright IIE Scholar.

ACademic & administrative appointments

Assistant Director – Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships, University of Arizona | 2019 – current

  • Successfully advised 53 students who were awarded or selected as finalists for national awards
  • Administered 21 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship application processes, including Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, and Boren
  • Facilitated and led 50 information sessions and 20 workshops on numerous nationally competitive scholarship awards in 2019-2020
  • Prepared and consulted on drafting of awardee press releases:
  • Collaborated with campus partners to promote scholarship opportunities and recruit potential applicants; campus partners include the campus cultural centers, Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement, Undergraduate Biology Research Program, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium, Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute, UA Global, UA Research, Innovation, and Impact, and student clubs
  • Co-hosted the Summer Fellowship Application Development Program in partnership with the Graduate College’s Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement (approximately 151 participants)
  • Created the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund application survey for Dean of Students (over 3500 submissions received)
  • Researched and designed new ONCS website, drafted webpage content
  • Served as campus liaison for Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Margaret M. Briehl and Dennis T. Ray Five Star Faculty Award

Fulbright Scholar – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State | 2017-2018

  • Created and maintained a research database of archival and oral history records based on research in 15 archives and 29 former student activist interviews
  • Networked with Fulbright students and scholars, Chilean and visiting international scholars, and U.S. embassy staff to facilitate cultural exchange
  • Researched and published information on digital Chilean archives as a commissioned, peer-reviewed encyclopedia entry:

Graduate Teaching Associate – History Department, University of Arizona | 2015-2019

  • Designed and taught 4 online undergraduate history courses on varied topics in Latin American History (between 30-60 students per semester)
  • Facilitated small discussion sections of approximately 20 students for
  • Provided student feedback on assignments including weekly analytical journals, short essays, quizzes, exams, presentations, research proposals, and research papers in order to evaluate student performance and progress
  • Used instructional technology and learner-centered pedagogy techniques, including VoiceThread, Panopto, and Zoom, to facilitate inclusive, active online classrooms


Ph.D. Candidate – Department of History, University of Arizona | 2015 – current

Certificate in College Teaching – Office of Instruction and Assessment, University of Arizona | 2015 – current

M.A. History – Department of History, University of Arizona | degree awarded 2014

B.A. History and Modern Languages (Spanish) – College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Georgia Southern University | Cum laude, Honors Program, degree awarded 2011


  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)
  • Safe Zone General Education Badge
  • Online Teaching Bootcamp


  • Spanish | fluent reading and writing; advanced conversational skills
  • Portuguese | advanced reading knowledge; basic comprehension

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Fellowships Advisors
  • American Historical Association
  • Conference on Latin American History
  • Rocky Mountain Conference for Latin American Studies
  • Fulbright Alumni Association
  • Fulbright Alumni Association of Arizona