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After retiring from UCM in August, Joy (J.P.) Burke became dean of education, professional and graduate studies at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. The professor emerita most recently served UCM as director of the Midwest Center for Charter Schools and Urban Education.
Her responsibilities as director began in 2008. In this capacity, she provided leadership for a center charged with oversight of nine urban charter schools sponsored by UCM in Kansas City. Her vast responsibilities included coordinating services with other charter school sponsors/authorizers at the state and national level, including the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, community stakeholders, and governing boards of education, in addition to coordinating professional involvement of faculty, professional staff and students in the charter schools.
Burke came to UCM in 1993 from Arizona State University to serve as chair and professor in the Department of Psychology. She began teaching full time in the department in 1997, and in 2002 she joined the faculty in the Department of Educational Foundations and Literacy, then known as the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Her career preparation began at San Jose State College in California, where she earned a bachelor’s degree and graduated with distinction. After post-baccalaureate study at San Jose, she earned master’s and doctoral degrees in education at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Burke has a strong record of research works in scholarly publications and paper presentations and has received a number of honors throughout her career. This includes departmental recognition as an Outstanding Undergraduate Professor of Psychology, and professionally as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.