Susan Burns

Dr. Susan Burns is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Clarke University in Dubuque, IA. Susan received her B.S. and M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Emporia State University (Emporia, KS) and her Ph.D. in Personality/Social Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development from Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS). She has taught Psychology of Gender at the undergraduate level for many years and thoroughly enjoys opening students’ eyes to the issues of sex and gender. Beyond her administrative duties, Susan collaborates with colleagues in other disciplines (e.g., Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Education) to engage students research projects and actively present at local, regional, and national conferences.
Her personal research interests include the psychological, sex, gender, and physiological responses to violent and nonviolent videogames, the correlates and predictors of homophobia, attachment security between preschoolers and their mothers, and academic dishonesty. In addition to publishing various journal articles and chapters, she has previously co-authored a textbook entitled: Human relations for the educator: Meeting the challenges of today and tomorrow, now in a second edition published with Kendall- Hunt Publishing.
Dr. Burns has authored more than 20 articles and book chapters and her research has appeared in sources such as the Journal of Genetic Psychology, Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, Social Development, and various publications of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. During her tenure as a professor, Dr. Burns supervised over 100 student presentations at local, regional, and national conventions. As a strong advocate for undergraduate research, she additionally has sponsored student publications in the Psi Chi Journal and Journal of Psychological Inquiry. Dr. Burns is a member of the Association for Psychological Science, Society for the Teaching of Psychology and was selected as a recipient of the 2004 and 2008 Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award at Morningside College, the 2006 state of Iowa, American Association of University Women Distinguished Faculty Award recipient, and the Morningside College Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society 2006 Faculty Person of the Year. Faculty Award recipient, and the Morningside College Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society 2006 Faculty Person of the Year.Faculty Award recipient, and the Morningside College Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society 2006 Faculty Person of the Year.

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