From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Burges served as Longwood's director of general education. Concurrently, in the seven years from 1997 to 2004, she was Longwood's director of freshman writing. She was also a faculty member in the English department.
Dr. Burges, who holds a Ph.D. in applied linguistics from Northern Arizona University, was an American Council of Education fellow in residence at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, in 2004-2005.
Her professional interests in higher education include a number of areas connected to educational quality. Among them: diversity, assessment, undergraduate curriculum and pedagogy, cross-disciplinary/cross-campus collaboration, the fostering of a seamless learning community, and student success.
In her new capacity at HSU, Dr. Burges will provide leadership in general education and cross-campus curricular initiatives, including coordination of curriculum assessment for both undergraduate and graduate majors.
"Humboldt State University is a unique and exciting institution," Dr. Burges said. "I look forward to becoming part of the HSU community."