Michael Burke

Senior Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
M.S. Education (MSEd)

Dr. Burke obtained his Ph.D. in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and his Masters degree in Library and Information Science, also from UWM. Over the course of his 40 years in K - 12 education, he has served as a math teacher, a media specialist, math supervisor and director of technology for school districts in Wisconsin, Columbus, OH and Edina, MN. Prior to teaching for Walden University, Dr. Burke worked for 14 years as the Director of District Media and Technology for the Edina Public Schools in Edina, MN. In Edina, he had the opportunity to provide both face-to-face and online staff development training for faculty and staff. The focus of that training was the integration of instructional technology into the K-12 curriculum and the use of assessment data and standardized testing results to enhance instruction. His expertise includes using technology to enhance curriculum design and implementation and strategic long range planning. During his tenure with Edina Public Schools, he represented the district on the steering committee that created and oversaw the operation of the NorthernStar Online Academy in Minnesota. The Academy provides online high school classes to students in Minnesota and surrounding states. During that time, he also had the privilege of serving on the Governor's Online Learning Advisory Committee to develop policies and make recommendations to enhance educational choice through online learning opportunities for K-12 students in Minnesota. Prior to arriving at Walden, Dr. Burke had the opportunity to teach graduate level technology education classes for The Ohio State University, Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Burke has served as a member of the Walden University faculty since 2010. Dr. Burke is a Senior Contributing Faculty member and Lead Faculty member for the MS degree program in Educational Instructional Design and Technology. He is also a Contributing Faculty member for PhD and EdS degree programs in AEA/OREA in the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership.

Courses Taught

EDUC 6105 - Organizations, Innovation and Change

EDUC 6130 - Program Evaluation

EDPD 8023 - Improving , Organizations, Programs and Systems

EDUC 9001-349 - Research Forum

Awards / Honors

2005 Technology Leader Award for Minnesota, Technology Information Educational Services (TIES), 2005

Frank Withrow Award for Outstanding Achievement in Using Technology to Improve K - 12 Learning, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 2007


Burke, M. A. (1994). Designing Effective Electronic Distance Education Programs for K -12 Staff Development. The Clearing House


Burke, M. A. (2013). Planning for Quality Online Learning. Gold Coast CUE (Computer Using Edicators)