Burk is an instructor of communications studies at the College of William and Mary and serves as oral communication program director.
The Emerson Visiting Distinguished Scholar assists faculty in developing sound teaching strategies by designing classroom speaking exercises, managing classroom discussion, enlarging students' understanding of various kinds of oral communications and promoting cross-cultural communication.
Burk earned bachelor's and master's degrees in speech communications from the University of Maine, and an Ed.S in higher education from the College of William and Mary. In 1997 she completed work toward her Ph.D in educational policy, planning and leadership, with her dissertation on "Faculty Instructional Development and Oral Communication in Freshmen Seminars at the College of William and Mary."
Burk has presented at numerous professional conferences and lectures on the topic of oral communications. She is also the author of several professional publications, including, Teaching Oral Communication in Grades K-8 (1998), with A.L. Chaney.
Hamilton College is an independent, highly selective liberal arts college that was founded in 1812. It is named for Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the treasury, and features a strong curriculum in the humanities, the arts, the sciences and the social sciences.