COE grad receives national recognition as the 2017 Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator

December 13, 2017


Jan Gunnels Burcham, Ph.D., a two-time Auburn College of Education graduate, was named the 2017 Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator by the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. The award was presented at their annual conference held in Atlanta, Georgia and was also sponsored by Taylor and Francis Publishers.

Burcham is the Fletcher Distinguished Chair in Teacher Education and Interim Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Development at Columbus State University.

The criteria for the Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator award includes:

Burcham has been an educator in early childhood and higher education for over thirty years. She earned her Ph.D. (’90) and BSEd (’84) in Early Childhood Education from Auburn, and her MA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her focus has always been improving teaching and learning at all levels.

Burcham has co-authored two books and multiple research articles. She has also participated internationally in a collaborative effort to develop a curriculum for preschool children in China and traveled to Bejing to conduct professional development for teachers as well as presenting at the Oxford Round Table on Early Childhood Education in Oxford, England. She has served nationally as a regional representative on the governing board for the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. She has also served as a member of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Editorial Board and co-edited a special issue of the journal.

Dr. Burcham was nominated for the award by fellow Auburn grad Dr. N. Amanda Branscombe, Athens State Universty, with support from Dr. Frances Rust, New York University, and Dr. Pamela Wetherington, Columbus State University. Dr. Burcham is married to Richard Andrew (Andy) Burcham, a sportscaster for Auburn University.

Congratulations Dr. Burcham!