February 24, 2011


Dr. Joe Burke Recognized as Most Outstanding Administrator

Dr. Joe Burke of Northeast Alabama Community College recently was recognized and named as the Kermit Mathison Most Outstanding Junior College Administrator by the College of Education at the University of Montevallo. Dr. Burke is Vice-President/Dean of Instruction at NACC.

“We at Northeast are very pleased to see Dr. Burke recognized for his accomplishments,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “This is very deserving recognition. Dr. Burke does do an outstanding job for NACC and our community.”

The award is named after Kermit Mathison, who was a former Director of Admissions and Records at the University of Montevallo. The award recognizes Mathison’s many contributions to the university over the years. While at Montevallo, Mathison was instrumental in bringing many two-year students to the university. Burke received the honor at the University of Montevallo College of Education Homecoming Awards Banquet. The award includes a renewable tuition and facility fee scholarship for a qualified and worthy transfer student of the honoree’s choice.

Burke stated, “I was very surprised upon learning of this award and I am deeply appreciative to my colleagues at the University of Montevallo. This recognition is especially meaningful coming from such a fine liberal arts university in the state. Northeast has always had a great relationship with Montevallo and we have had many excellent students to transfer there.”

Dr. Joe Burke
Dr. Joe Burke, Vice-President and Dean of Instruction

Campbell selected Burke as Vice President/Dean of Instruction at NACC in 2007. Previous to that Burke taught psychology for 14 years and was Director of Admissions and Student Services before his current position.

He earned his BS and PhD degrees from the University of Alabama and Master’s degree from Jacksonville State University. He has been an adjunct graduate faculty member at the University of Alabama and Jacksonville State University.

At NACC, Burke chairs the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Committee which developed an extensive plan to revise and to improve the developmental studies program. This has led to the establishment of a College Success Center, the employment of a Coordinator of Developmental Studies, an enhanced tutoring program, learning community program, and the tracking of students in developmental courses through college-level courses.

Burke also chairs the Student Learning Outcomes Committee which is instrumental in developing policies and procedures for measuring student learning outcomes at the academic program and course levels. He has just returned from the Community College Futures Assembly in Orlando sponsored by the University of Florida where he was co-presenter at two different sessions. The first concerned retention in practical nursing programs and the other was about assisting learners who are transitioning from high school, GED, or unemployment, to education and training, and in to the workforce.