Carnegie Mellon University

2020 Doherty Award Recipient

2020-doherty-burkert-400x400-min.pngAmy Burkert

Vice Provost for Education and Teaching Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Amy L. Burkert, Ph.D., has served as the Vice Provost for Education at Carnegie Mellon University since 2010. In that role, her portfolio of responsibilities spans both undergraduate and graduate education and includes a range of programs and services focused on educational innovation, student success, holistic advising, diversity and inclusion, integrative learning and student engagement. A member of the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences since 1990, Dr. Burkert served as an Associate Department Head, the Director of the University’s Health Professions Program, and as an Assistant Dean in the Mellon College of Science before taking on her current role.

For more than three decades, Dr. Burkert has dedicated her work to improve the holistic educational experience at Carnegie Mellon and advance educational policy and practice on and beyond our campuses. She has partnered with numerous faculty, staff and students throughout her career to build upon and advance several of the defining features of the Carnegie Mellon approach to education. Elements such as engagement at the intersection of disciplines, learning by doing, making an impact in real-world contexts and data-informed iterative improvement.  Many new courses, programs, initiatives, task forces and centers have been shaped by her involvement.  Examples include innovative course development, such as the Eureka seminar and the BIOS3 service-learning micro course, integration of learning science and technology in introductory biology, re-envisioning core education and competency programs across campus, creation of new interdisciplinary programs, such as the unified major in Biological Sciences and Psychology and the Bachelor and Science and Arts program, revised academic policies and practices, and the establishment of new student-focused centers committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and student success.  She has also advised thousands of students from across the university and has advocated advancing the importance of holistic advising in the CMU experience. She successfully co-led our most recent comprehensive institutional self-study as a part of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaccreditation process.

Dr. Burkert has also been a leader in educational advocacy and reform and has been involved in several programs and initiatives at the national and international levels including the AAU STEM Education initiative, the NACADA Administrators’ Institutes, HHMI undergraduate education initiatives, the NSF-sponsored SENCER program, as well as the AAC&U Shared Futures Initiative, and the Global Learning Council. She was instrumental in the establishment of the biology programs at CMU-Qatar and has recently been appointed to the Qatar Foundation’s Joint Advisory Board. She served as President of the Northeast Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, and served as President and Chair of the Board for the Reinvention Collaborative, a national consortium of Vice Provosts for Education working together to transform undergraduate education at research-intensive institutions.  

Recognized for her work as an advisor, teacher, and innovator, Dr. Burkert has received several honors and awards including: Carnegie Mellon University's Academic Advising Award, the University’s Educational Innovation Award, the University’s Alumni Award for Faculty Service and the Mellon College of Science (MCS) Julius Ashkin Teaching Award.