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Michael D. Burbine

Michael Burbine was awarded the academic rank of Full Professor in 2017 by the Board of Trustees. He is only the 3rd faculty member in SCC’s 45-year history to achieve this honor.
He currently teaches a wide-range of education, social science, and humanities courses at SCC.
Professor Burbine entered the teaching profession in 1972 as a secondary school Social Studies teacher while he completed graduate studies in History at Villanova and Theology at the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. Upon completing these graduate studies, he worked for an international religious education organization. This afforded him the valuable opportunity to travel extensively throughout the world and develop an understanding and appreciation of a wide variety of world cultures.
Professor Burbine joined the Higher Education Community in 1988 at Atlantic Community College where he served as the Director of Education for Cape May County. He also completed a master’s degree in Community College Administration at Rowan University. At various times in his academic career he has taught as an adjunct professor at Villanova University, Cumberland County College, The Washington Theological Union, Atlantic-Cape Community College, and Rowan University.
He began his career at Salem Community College in January 1990 as the Director of Admissions/Recruitment and a member of the adjunct faculty. He was appointed Interim Dean of Student Affairs in 1993-4 and, after a college-wide administrative reorganization, he was designated as the Director of the Student Affairs Division. He continued in that position until he was appointed as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in 2001. He also served as Director of SCC’s grant-funded Center for Education which provided extensive continuing education training and workshops to elementary and secondary school teachers in Salem County.

In 2006, he was appointed as a full-time member of the SCC faculty and charged with developing a new Associate of Arts degree in Education. In 2007, he was the first recipient of SCC’s Academic Excellence Award for Teaching, and in 2009 he gained national recognition as the recipient of the Medallion of Excellence from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. In 2012, 2015 and 2016 he was voted “EOF Champion” by SCC’s Educational Opportunity Fund students and in 2014 he was the recipient of the Arlene Kelly Service to Students Award.

Professor Burbine resides in Woodstown, NJ. In his free time he enjoys international travel and cooking for family and friends. He is also an avid fan of “Jeopardy”. 

B.A. History, Villanova University
B.A. Education, Villanova University
M.Div. Theology, The Washington Theological Union
M.A. Higher Education, Rowan University
Additional graduate studies in History and Psychology, Villanova University and University of Pennsylvania