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Norma Burgess
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences 

B.A. – University of Tennessee
M.P.A. – North Carolina State University
Ph.D. – North Carolina State University
Excellence in Graduate Education, Syracuse University Graduate School – 2005
Dimensions Advisory Board and mentor for undergraduate women of color, Syracuse University – 2002
Marie Peters’ Award, National Council on Family Relations, in recognition for contributions to ethnic minority families – 2002
Paideia Award, in recognition of outstanding teaching, research and service to the College of Arts and Sciences, Mississippi State University – 1989
Professional Experience
Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Chatham University, Pittsburgh – 2 years
Academic chair and professor of the Department of Child and Family Studies, and co-chair of the Bachelor of Professional Studies at Syracuse University –14 years
Visiting professor for the University of the Aegean in Rhodes, Greece – 3 summers
Research fellow with Nashville Science Foundation – 3 years
Professor of sociology with Mississippi State University – 7 years
Professional Information
Burgess is a widely published scholar with a focus on work and family and leadership development.
Co-author of African American Women: An Ecological Perspective and numerous articles and other writings on work and family life, leadership, faculty development and workplace diversity.
Former member of the summer faculty at Cornell University.
She served as chair of the women’s caucus of the American Association of Higher Education.
Currently a board member at-large of the National Council on Family Relations.
Member of the Council of Graduate Studies Application Review Committee.
Former newsletter editor and chair of Women’s Caucus.
Former president of Southeastern Council on Family Relations (SCFR).
Former member and chair of Southern Sociological Society (SSS).
Goal for College of Arts and Sciences
We are dedicated to producing students who are well-prepared for the professional world by shaping them into broadly educated individuals -- students who are adaptable and adjustable to new technologies and industries through the development of interdisciplinary programs. We want to train students to be influential in society as researchers, scholars and workers. We hope to achieve this through the integration of faith and excellence and through combining disciplines and areas of study in innovative ways.