Brooke Burks Interim Chief Diversity Officer A 20-year educator, Dr. Brooke A. Burks was appointed Interim Chief Diversity Officer in June 2020. Prior to joining the AUM faculty in 2011, Dr. Burks taught high school English for over a decade. Since that time, she has served in several capacities at AUM and within the community, leaving a lasting impact wherever she goes. In the AUM College of Education, Dr. Burks has served the department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology as Secondary Education Program Coordinator and is the current Chair of the department (since 2018). She also served as the edTPA Coordinator (2016-2020), coaching faculty and leading workshops for students. Noticed for her efforts in this area, she was named a National Academy Consultant for the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE). In this role, she led edTPA presentations and workshops regionally and nationally. Dr. Burks has also served as the Faculty Senate Secretary, Writing-Intensive Faculty Development Institute Facilitator, and member of numerous University committees. She was further instrumental in obtaining national recognition of both the undergraduate and graduate Secondary Education Language Arts programs, accredited by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). In 2018, Dr. Burks was selected as an inaugural Provost’s Fellow at AUM and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Family Guidance Center of Alabama. Her work in education extends the four walls of the classroom as she has been actively involved with the Alabama Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (ALACTE), has served as an expert reviewer of the 2020 Alabama Course of Study: English Language Arts, and has hosted and facilitated in area summer camps. Dr. Burks was highlighted in the Montgomery Public Schools’ Back-to-School Guide for her work in creating language arts lessons for student consumption on public television and YouTube. Dr. Burks has also published several national, international, and regional research articles and has a multiplicity of presentations centered on teachers, technology, writing, and edTPA. She serves on the editorial boards for the Center for Scholastic Inquiry and Project Innovation and has forged partnerships with several schools and school systems in the River Region and beyond. An avid learner, Dr. Burks has participated in several enhanced educational opportunities such as Cornell University’s Diversity Certification, the Chair Academy, the AUM Confucius Institute Study Abroad, the 2016 AUM Leadership Academy, and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Institute. In her spare time, Dr. Burks is a copy editor and has been engaged in producing works such as the State of Black New Orleans: 10 Years Post-Katrina, published by the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. She has also published her own work of fiction, a novel titled Tawanda’s Quest. Furthermore, she has worked diligently as a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. as the undergraduate advisor to Theta Beta chapter at Tuskegee (2013-2020), Alpha Xi Zeta graduate chapter treasurer (2009-2016), and reporter for the South Central Region (2013-2018). A native of Mobile, Alabama, Burks received her B.A. in Language Arts Education as a summa cum laude graduate of Tuskegee University and both the M.Ed. in Secondary English Education and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Auburn University.