Profiles: Barbara Karlin

Barbara Karlin

Barbara Karlin


Vice President, Academic Affairs & Professor, School of Taxation at Golden Gate University

Barbara Karlin was appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs at Golden Gate University in 2002. She has been with the university since 1983, when she started as an adjunct professor. Her full-time positions at GGU have included Associate Dean and then Dean of the School of Taxation, as well as Dean of the Ageno School of Business. Barbara has written and presented extensively on the subject of tax research and is the author of the textbook entitled Tax Research (4th edition) published by Prentice Hall/Pearson. Barbara earned her CPA certificate while working for Coopers & Lybrand in San Francisco. She holds an LLM in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a JD from Hastings College of the Law. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford University. She was admitted to the California Bar in 1980 and became a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive) in 1985.

In addition to her work at GGU, Barbara is very involved in the accreditation work of the WSCUC (WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission). From 2012-2016 she was served as a Commissioner on the Senior Commission of WSCUC. She is currently the university’s accreditation liaison officer and continues to serve as a peer reviewer on visiting accreditation teams.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Accreditation
  • Online Education
  • Taxation Issues