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Provost appoints C. Beth Burch interim dean
August 18, 2014Tweet
Provost Donald Nieman has appointed C. Beth Burch, professor of education, as interim dean of the Graduate School of Education (GSE), effective Sept. 1.
“Beth is an outstanding scholar and a proven leader,” Nieman said. “She listens well, has enormous energy, understands the rapidly changing environment of K-12 education, and works well and is respected by her colleagues.”
“I am pleased to be asked to lead our school at this exciting and challenging time in the history of American education, and I thank Provost Nieman and my colleagues in GSE for their trust, confidence and support,” said Burch. “I hope to infuse our fine and accomplished faculty with renewed joy and purpose in our important work as scholars, teachers and advocates for teachers and students.”
Burch joined the Binghamton University faculty in 1994, coming to Binghamton from faculty positions at the University of Alabama and before that, Purdue University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, her master’s in English from Oklahoma State University and her PhD in English at Purdue University. Before her work in higher education, she was an award-winning high school English teacher.
An authority on Jewish-American writers, Holocaust literature, Faulkner and writing pedagogy, Burch is the author of more than two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters, and five books. Between 2004 and the present, she has served as co-principal investigator for four New York State Education Department (NYSED) Teacher Leader Quality Partnership Grants totaling over $5 million as well as co-principal investigator for a $1.2 million New York State Department of Education Enhancing Teaching through Technology Grant. She is also currently a member of a GSE research team investigating the statewide implementation of virtual Advanced Placement courses by the New York State Education Department.
An experienced administrator, Burch served as division director of Education in Binghamton University’s School of Education and Human Development from 2002-2004, and as director of the Binghamton University Writing Initiative from 2009-2011.
Burch will serve as interim dean through August 31, 2016. She succeeds S.G. Grant who, after serving six years as dean, is returning to the faculty to serve as principal investigator for a multi-million dollar grant from the New York State Education Department to create units for the state’s K-12 social studies curriculum.