Academics: Faculty

Myra Burnett, Ph.D.

Myra Burnett is the interim provost of academic affairs at Spelman College.

Burnett’s professional service has included membership on several regional and national advisory committees, such as a three-year term on the Advisory Committee for the Education and Human Resources Directorate, National Science Foundation; participation in an Expert Panel for a joint committee of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and Howard Hughes Medical Institute; membership on the Peer Review Advisory Board, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; service on the External Advisory Board for the National Experiment in Undergraduate Science Education (Project NEXUS) of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; service on the Board of Examiners for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (teacher certification); and service on the Advisory Board for the Social Science Research Council project, Learning in Higher Education: Are Disadvantaged Students Catching Up or Falling Further Behind?

A 1977 graduate of Harvard University, Burnett received a master’s degree in social psychology from Stanford University in 1980 and completed clinical psychology training at Duke University in 1987.  Burnett has served as a program evaluator on local, regional, and national research projects.  Her private practice includes psychotherapy and assessment with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as program evaluation.  As a scientist-practitioner in women’s health, she has published articles on religious-based tolerance for spousal abuse and development of ethnic identity.  Her current research focuses on institutional and governmental policy in support of nontraditional college students, especially women who return to college after age 25.

In 2013, Burnett was appointed as an executive member of the Congressional Black Caucus 21st Century Council. In 2014 she was among a recent delegation of presidents and senior administrators from eight historically Black colleges and universities to travel to Beijing, China as part of the Firth U.S.-China Consultation on People to People Exchange meeting. During the meeting, Burnett and other HBCU delegates witnessed the historical launch of 1,000 scholarship awards for HBCU students to study in China.