Burgess named National Council on Family Relations fellow

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Norma Bond Burgess, dean of Lipscomb University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), has been named a National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) fellow.

NCFR is the nation’s premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. NCFR has a membership of more than 3600 family researchers, practitioners and educators. 

“Dr. Burgess has a high level of commitment to student and faculty success. Her leadership activities have focused on excellence in the classroom, scholarship, globalization and professional development. She is widely traveled, and developed and led study abroad programs. She is known for her ability to work with others and her enthusiasm for life, family and work,” stated an NCFR release announcing the honor.

Burgess was named CAS founding dean on Aug. 1, 2009. She is a former NCFR board member, and an editorial reviewer in the journals Gender and Society, Journal of Family Issues, Family Relations and Sociological Inquiry. She has been the recipient of numerous institutional and national awards including NCFR’s Marie Peters Award in recognition of excellence in the field of ethnic minority families. Her scholarship has been widely published in many journals, including Journal of Family History, Journal of Black Studies, Family Science Review, and Journal of Family Issues.

Burgess came to Lipscomb from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, where she was founding dean of the College of Graduate Studies. In that role, she was responsible for every aspect of graduate education, including new program development, faculty evaluation, budgetary management, academic management, and faculty and support services.

From 1993-2007 at Syracuse University, Burgess earned the rank of full professor and chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies and was academic co-chair of the Bachelor of Professional Studies program. She has also served as a visiting professor for the University of the Aegean in Rhodes, Greece, and as a member of the summer faculty at Cornell University. Burgess is a widely published scholar with a focus on work and family and leadership development and is a recognized expert in the fields of ethnic minority families, leadership, women, work and family.

She served as chair of the women’s caucus of the American Association of Higher Education. She is 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.

A native of Stanton, Tenn., Burgess holds a doctorate in sociology and a master’s degree in public affairs from North Carolina State University as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science from the University of Tennessee.