Dr. Kelly Burke has spent the last 27 years creating memorable learning experiences for music students at UNCG. Now, she’s bringing that ingenuity to her new role as vice provost for graduate education.
“I teach creativity. I teach risk taking. My goal is to never have a repeatable event,” she said. “I give other people permission to think about things differently.”
UNCG’s Graduate School partners with departments to add capacity, share ideas from program to program and provide professional development for students.
“It’s a really exciting time to lead the Graduate School,” Burke said. “I have a larger impact on the university than I did when I was primarily in the arts.”
UNCG’s graduate students are working on high-level research and interesting projects, and they’re led by exceptional faculty members.
“The quality of your graduate education goes hand in hand with the quality of your faculty,” Burke said. “UNCG has always accepted students where they are and taken them to where they need to be to be successful.”
Since her early days at UNCG, Burke has consistently taken on a growing role within the university. When she first started teaching clarinet, she only had seven students. Over the years, she grew the clarinet program and began teaching other classes, such as pedagogy, literature and research for musical performers. She also served as department chair and associate dean.
Burke’s doctor of musical arts is from the University of Michigan. She earned both her master’s degree in performance and music education and her bachelor’s degree in music performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She also received an associate of art degree from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York.
Story by Jeanie McDowell, University Communications