Michael E. Burns, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Communication Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Degrees: Ph.D. Communication, 2012, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND; M.A. Communication & Corporate Training and Development, 2007, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX; B.S. Communication, 2005, Ohio University, Athens, OH
Professor Burns' research interests include interpersonal communication, persuasion, and applied communication. He is an active member of the Central States Communication Association and the National Communication Association. Professor Burns has been published in both regional and national journals. During his time as a graduate student he received several teaching awards including the Central States Communication Association’s Cooper Award for the most outstanding Ph.D. student teacher in the Midwest. Professor Burns' professional experience includes working for NBC’s Today Show covering the 2006 Torino, 2008 Beijing, and 2012 London Olympic Games. He also worked as a public relations specialist for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
What is your teaching philosophy for Lasell courses?
My goal is that no student leaves my classroom asking, “Why did we need to know that?” My job as a professor is to make sure my students understand how what they learn in my classroom influences both their personal and professional lives. Higher education should push comforts zones and encourage creativity; two qualities I try to include in every lesson.
How does your professional background influence your time in the classroom with students?
Students learn through stories and examples. I am thankful I am able to share my personal experiences from working in the sports, television, and public relations fields. My background allows me to mentor and prepare my students for life after college.