John Burkhardt

Clinical Professor; Founding Director, the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good

John  Burkhardt, School of Education

John C. Burkhardt serves as a faculty affiliate with the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, an effort to make higher education more responsive to the needs of a changing society. He founded the National Forum in 2000 upon joining the Michigan faculty. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, he recently served as Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity (2013-2016) and also holds the title of special assistant to the provost for university engagement.

The work of the National Forum has received substantial attention and investment from major national foundations for its work in repositioning education in U.S. society. While higher education plays an important role in strengthening regional and the national economy and prepares individuals for employment, it is also important to recognize the ways in which education strengthens civic, cultural, and community life and paves the way for participation in a changing democracy.

Burkhardt joined the Michigan faculty in September of 2000 after serving eight years as a program director at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. At Kellogg he coordinated leadership grant making and projects in education and leadership development around the world. During his tenure, the foundation invested over $250 million dollars in projects to promote engagement between higher education and communities and funded several national efforts to renew the public service missions of land grant institutions, community colleges and research universities. Burkhardt was part of the Kellogg team that directed the ENLACE initiative and also helped organize projects to promote leadership development for Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Tribal Colleges. He was also responsible for leading the Kellogg Foundation’s efforts at higher education transformation in Eastern and Central Europe following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Prior to his role at the Kellogg Foundation, Burkhardt was vice president for planning and administration at the University of Detroit Mercy. He has also been a fellow of the Institute for Educational Leadership, a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellow and has held fellowships or visiting scholar positions at the University of California at Los Angeles and the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. In 2009 he was awarded the Exemplary Diversity Engagement Award by the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan.

In 2004, Burkhardt served as senior policy advisor to a statewide commission convened by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm charged with setting the future direction of Michigan’s higher education system. He also served as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education for the Civic Good, appointed by the Michigan state legislature in 2004. In 2007, he was appointed by the Michigan State Board of Education to the Professional Standards Commission for Teachers. He is past chairman and current board member of the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital board of directors, a trustee emeritus of the Eastern Michigan University Foundation, and a director of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

Burkhardt received a bachelor's degree from Oakland University, a master's degree in education from Michigan State University, a master's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and a doctoral degree in philosophy from Michigan in 1986. Over his career his work has been supported by many national and regional foundations and agencies. His most recent book is (2005) Higher Education for the Public Good: Voices from an Emerging Movement.
 

Burkhardt teaches courses in the following program(s):
Higher Education
Organizational Behavior & Management
Higher Education and Master of Public Policy (Dual Degree)
Higher Education and MBA (Dual Degree)
Individually Designed Concentration
Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education
Higher Education Management and Organizations

 

Affiliations

Committees

Research Affiliations

Grants


2/1/1990 - 1/1/1995 The Detroit Public Schools Progress Report
Granting Agency: W.K. Kellogg Foundation

2/1/1989 - 1/1/1993 The Michigan Five Star Program
Granting Agency: W.K. Kellogg Foundation

2/1/1989 - 1/1/1991 University Strategic Plan at Eastern Michigan University
Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Education

1/1/2013 - 12/31/2014 Leadership for Higher Education's Role in Promoting Diversity and Social Transformation-Extending Pathways of Inclusion in the U.S.
Granting Agency: Carnegie Corporation

9/1/2013 - 5/31/2014 2013 Operation Global Goodwill Program Consultation
Granting Agency: Ford Motor Company Fund

7/1/2012 - 5/30/2013 2012 Operation Global Goodwill Program Consultation
Granting Agency: Ford Motor Company

5/1/2011 - 4/30/2013 The Storm Center Project
Granting Agency: Ford Foundation

1/1/2012 - 12/31/2012 Higher Education Consultation to Greenleaf Scholars Program
Granting Agency: Greenleaf Scholars Program

9/1/2011 - 8/31/2012 An Examination of the Relationship between Private Support, Institutional Viability, and the Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Providing Educational Access and Opportunity
Granting Agency: TG Public Benefit

11/1/2010 - 10/31/2011 Communications Strategy Aimed at Providing Enhanced Educational Opportunity to Immigrant Students
Granting Agency: Carnegie Corporation

10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011 Brightmoor Career and College Access Network
Granting Agency: Northwest Detroit Neighborhood Development (NDNDC)

9/30/2010 - 8/31/2011 Reconciling Federal, State, and Institutional Policies Determining Educational Access for Immigrant and Undocumented Students: Implications for Professional Practice
Granting Agency: TG Public Benefit Grant

2/24/2011 - 7/31/2011 Brightmoor Career and College Access Network MCC College Positive Communities
Granting Agency: Michigan Campus Compact

5/1/2010 - 4/30/2011 Immigration and Educational Access Policies, Practices and Public Will
Granting Agency: Lumina Foundation

1/10/2010 - 1/10/2011 Higher Education Consultancy Examining Key "Proof of Concept" Issues Related to Mission-Related Investing
Granting Agency: Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan

2/1/2009 - 1/1/2011 Higher Education Consultation to Greenleaf Scholars Program
Granting Agency: Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

3/9/2008 - 8/6/2010 Higher Education Consultation and Support for the Presidents Council: State Universities of Michigan
Granting Agency: Presidents Council: State Universities of Michigan

2/1/2009 - 8/6/2010 Higher Education Consultation Leveraging our Communities for Adult Learners
Granting Agency: Michigan Department of Treasury

2/11/2009 - 1/11/2010 Immigration and Higher Education Access
Granting Agency: Carnegie Foundation

2/6/2009 - 1/6/2010 Challenges and Opportunities: Continuing the Conversation on Immigration and Higher Education
Granting Agency: New Partnerships Foundation

2/6/2010 - 1/6/2010 In support of an effort to provide enhanced educational opportunity to immigrant students
Granting Agency: Marguerite Casey Foundation

2/3/2009 - 1/3/2010 Michigan Campus Compact
Granting Agency: Michigan Campus Compact

2/8/2009 - 1/1/2010 Research on Macomb Community College Technology Program
Granting Agency: Macomb Community College

4/1/2008 - 4/30/2009 Higher Education Consultation on Organizational Structure Goals
Granting Agency: Cranbrook Educational Community

4/8/2009 - 4/8/2009 Challenges and Opportunities: Continuing the Conversation on Immigration and Higher Education
Granting Agency: Marguerite Casey Foundation

2/1/2007 - 1/1/2009 Reframing the Conversation on Immigration: A Proposal calling for Dialogue on how policies and practices of immigration affect educational access and civic participation
Granting Agency: Kellogg Foundation

2/1/2008 - 1/1/2009 Widening Public Engagement in Shaping Michigan's Future
Granting Agency: Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan/Kellogg Foundation

2/1/2007 - 1/1/2009 Challenges & Opportunities: Conversations about Immigration and Higher Education
Granting Agency: The College Board, Lumina Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Chaldean Federation of America, Institute for Higher Education Policy

12/5/2007 - 12/15/2008 Community Organizing Strategies for Promoting Public Deliberation in Diverse Community Settings
Granting Agency: Kellogg Foundation

5/15/2008 - 10/31/2008 Higher Education Research and Organization Guidance for the Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership
Granting Agency: Oakland University

7/1/2007 - 6/30/2008 Reframing the Conversation on Immigration
Granting Agency: Carnegie Corporation

6/1/2007 - 6/1/2008 Reframing the Conversation on Immigration
Granting Agency: Lumina Foundation

8/1/2007 - 1/31/2008 Support for the Continuing Development of a National Commission on the Future of African American Men and Boys
Granting Agency: Morgan State University

2/1/2005 - 1/1/2008 Access to Democracy
Granting Agency: Lumina Foundation

11/1/2006 - 10/31/2007 Reframing the Conversation on Immigration
Granting Agency: The College Board

4/1/2006 - 3/31/2007 Technical Assistance in Support of the Bridges to the Future Program in Genessee County
Granting Agency: Mott Foundation

3/30/2006 - 3/31/2007 Investigating the Relationship Between the Public and Higher Education Institutions
Granting Agency: Kettering Foundation

5/15/2006 - 6/30/2006 Promoting Best Practices in Leadership within Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Granting Agency: National Association for Equal Opportunity Grant

2/10/2005 - 1/8/2006 Case Studies and Best Practices for HBCU Institutions
Granting Agency: National Association for Equal Opportunity

2/1/2004 - 1/1/2005 Access to Democracy (Launch)
Granting Agency: W.K. Kellogg Foundation

2/1/2001 - 1/1/2005 Schools for the 21st Century Evaluation Project
Granting Agency: McGregor Fund

2/1/2000 - 1/1/2005 The Kellogg Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good
Granting Agency: W.K. Kellogg Foundation


Courses & Syllabi


Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Fall 2015 EDUC 769. Philanthropy and Higher Education EDUC 769. Philanthropy and Higher Education

Fall 2016 EDUC 769. Philanthropy and Higher Education EDUC 769. Philanthropy and Higher Education

Winter 2012 EDUC 868. Philosophy of Academic Leadership EDUC 868. Philosophy of Academic Leadership

Spring/Summer 2012 EDUC 471. Topics in Higher and Postsecondary Education EDUC 471. Development and Advancement in Higher Education

Contact

Room 3320
734.615.8882 jcbforum@umich.edu

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