Goddard College's Historic Greatwood Campus in Plainfield, Vermont
Rhode Island School of Design
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Barbara Shamblin studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, in 1973 and in the same year earned a Bachelor of Arts from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont. She received a Master of Fine Arts in 1977 from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.
Since 1980 Barbara Shamblin has been an instructor of photography and design at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. She was a visiting assistant professor of photography at Memphis Academy of Arts, Tennessee, in 1979. In 1978 Barbara Shamblin held the same position at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and in that year also was an artist-in-residence at Apeiron Photographic Workshops, Millerton, New York.