Wendy Burke

A photo of Wendy Burke.

Department Head

Teacher Education

313U John W. Porter Building

734.487.3260

[email protected]

Education

  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction: University of Illinois @Urbana-Champaign
  • M.Ed., Educational Organizational Leadership: University of Illinois @Urbana-Champaign
  • A.B. Teaching of English at the Secondary Level: University of Illinois @Urbana-Champaign

Biography

Wendy Burke is the Interim Department Head of Teacher Education, as of July 1, 2018. She has been a professor in Curriculum and Instruction in the Department of Teacher Education since 2000 and was the Director of Student Teaching at Eastern Michigan University from 2014 to 2018. As a faculty member at EMU, she has championed multiple EMU Best Practices Conferences, served as a co-PI on several grants for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (G.E.A.R. – U.P.), contributed to the EMU Bright Futures Program, and serves on the Learning Forward Michigan Board. She has also co-founded the Washtenaw Intermediate School District’s Adaptive Leadership Network and EMU’s Social Emotional Learning Collaboratory.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, Dr. Burke was appointed as the John W. Porter Endowed Chair to lead the implementation of a Secondary Place-Based Education program at Eastern Michigan University that will begin its pilot year in Fall 2018 with an official program start date of Fall 2019. She is also the current program chair of the American Educational Research Association’s School University and Community Collaborative Research Special Interest Group. Dr. Burke’s scholarly interests include school, university, and community partnerships, teacher learning and development, and leadership development.

Selected Publications

  • Burke, W., Marx, G.E. & Lowenstein, E. (2012). Leading, Leadership, and Learning: Exploring New Contexts for Leadership Development in Emerging School Environments. Planning & Changing.
  • Burke, W., Marx, G. & Berry, J. (2011). Maintaining, Reframing, and Disrupting Traditional Expectations and Outcomes for Professional Development with Critical Friends Groups. The Teacher Educator. 46 (1) 32-52.
  • Cowell, R., Osta, D., Olwell, R., & Burke, W. (2009). Preservice Teachers Prompt New Conversations about Field Experiences. In S. Abler (Ed.). Voices in Teacher Education. Published by The Michigan Association of Teacher Educators. New Lenox, IL: High Tide Press.
  • Burke, W., Cowell, R., Olwell, R., & Osta, D. (2008). Preservice Teachers Leading the Way for Improving Field Experiences by Cultivating Their Voice and Agency. Author: The Association of Teacher Education Yearbook XVI, Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.
  • Burke, C. J.F. & Burke, W. (2007). Problematizing the Role of Expert Within School-University Partnerships. The Teacher Educator43 (3), 264-288.

Teaching

  • CURR 305/PRCT 305: Secondary Curriculum Methods and Secondary Practicum
  • EDST 814: Teacher Development

Research Interests

  • Teacher learning
  • Teacher development and preparation
  • School, university, and community partnerships
  • Leadership development
  • School reform
  • Systems change

Selected Presentation

  • The Future of Teacher Preparation: A Conversation with Educators and Other Experts. The Center for American Progress. Sponsored by the Hope Street Group. Washington, D.C., April 11, 2017.
  • Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High Performing Systems. Presented executive summary to school and district leaders at AdvancED Fall 2016 Conference on behalf of Learning Forward Michigan. October 20-21, 2016.
  • Burke, W., Marx, G. E., Lowenstein, E. (2015). Learning Our Way Forward through an Adaptive Leadership Network. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL. April 8-12, 2015.
  • Burke, W., Marx, G. E., Lowenstein, E. (2014). Leading for Learning Through an Adaptive Leadership Network. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, PA. April 1-5, 2014.
  • Burke, W., Marx, G. & Lowenstein, E. (2013). Leading for Learning Through an Adaptive Leadership Network. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, PA. April 5-8, 2013.