Dr. Tracie Burke, Chairman and Professor of Behavioral Sciences, pictured with CBU President John Smarrelli Jr., was honored with the 2011 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award at the CBU Community Convocation.
Memphis- Dr. Tracie Burke, Chairman and Professor of Behavioral Sciences, was honored with the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award at the Christian Brothers University (CBU) Annual Convocation.
Burke was cited for her dedicated service to CBU and its students for the past 14 years. She has been an inspiring yet demanding teacher, a compassionate mentor and advisor, an insightful leader, and a model to the CBU community of what it means to be of service to others. Under Burke’s leadership, the curriculum of the Department of Behavioral Sciences has been redesigned and refined, and she has fostered a climate encouraging interdisciplinary cooperation, experiential and service learning
As the recipient, Burke acknowledges the importance of the award and its significance to her. “I am so honored to be the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Lasallian Educator award and humbled to be in the company of the past recipients, all of whom have done so much for CBU and the Memphis community. To be chosen to represent CBU and especially the Christian Brothers, whose lives of service are an inspiration and a daily reminder of what it really means to extend ourselves to others, is truly something I could not have imagined for myself. I want to express my appreciation to the Distinguished Lasallian Educator selection committee and those who supported my nomination.”
Burke is also Director of the Honors Program and serves on several University committees, including the CBU Plant and Grounds Committee. She earned her B.A. in psychology at the University of Montana, and her M.S. in general psychology, M.A. in sociology and Ed.D. in educational psychology all from the University of Memphis.
The award — the highest presented by the University to faculty or staff — annually honors a CBU educator, nominated by his/her peers, who exemplifies the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle in the 21st century. Recipients must have been a Lasallian educator for at least five years, be actively involved in fostering the mission of Lasallian education, exemplify in his/her life the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle, and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the Lasallian tradition.
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