UNT-Dallas Educational Leadership Faculty

Dr. Jerry R. Burkett has 16 years of public education experience on the elementary and secondary levels in the state of Texas. He has served in a variety of roles including teacher, principal, and director, and currently serves as Assistant Dean for the Emerging Teacher Institute at the University of North Texas at Dallas. Dr. Burkett’s experience includes administration experience in Title I elementary schools; community engagement and parental involvement initiatives; implementing North Texas’ first Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concept school on the elementary level; as well as incorporating partnerships with corporations and universities into the classroom experience.

He received his doctorate in educational leadership from Dallas Baptist University with specialization in alternative and traditional certification and its relationship to classroom management. He earned a Master of Educational Administration degree from Dallas Baptist University in 2004 and his Bachelor of Science in Education from Baylor University in 1999.

Dr. Burkett serves as an advocate for public education, writing and speaking on topics including school finance, educational leadership, and social justice issues in education. He was featured on the Scott Braddock Show on News FM 92 and the “SchoolPriorityMinute” produced by Make Education a Priority.  Dr. Burkett actively works with legislators on the state and federal level to foster better understanding of education policy initiatives and needs.

In 2013 Dr. Burkett was selected as a member of the Phi Delta Kappa Emerging Leaders, Class of 2013-14 and earned Dallas Baptist University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Burkett resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with his wife and son. He is active in coaching youth sports, running, CrossFit, Taekwondo and playing guitar.

Dissertation:  Alternative and Traditional Certified Elementary Teachers: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Their First-year in the Classroom Environment

Professional Certifications
Texas Educator Certificate, Superintendent (EC-12)
Texas Educator Certificate, Principal (EC-12)
Texas Educator Certificate, Classroom Teacher – Social Studies (8-12)
Texas Educator Certificate, Classroom Teacher – Secondary History (6-12)

Research Interests
School finance, brain-based teaching and learning, and educational leadership

Pazey, B., Schalock, R., Schaller, J., & Burkett, J. (2015). Incorporating Quality of Life Concepts Into Eduational Reform: Creating Real Opportunites for Students with Disabilites in the 21st Century. Journal of Disability Policy Studies. 

Burkett, J. (2016, November) Brain-Based Teaching: The Basics on How the Brain Learns, Remembers, and Retains Information. TexTESOLV Fall Conference; Dallas, Texas.

Burkett, J. (2016, March) Tech Readiness for 21st Century Learning. Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) 2016 National Conference; Washington, DC

Burkett, J. (2016, June) Funding Educational Technology During School Finance Crisis. CoSN Regional Chief Technology Officer Conference; Austin, Texas 

Panelist (2013, May) Harmony STEM Education Advancement Conference; Houston, Texas

Burkett, J. (2011, May) School Finance 101: How Did We Get to This Point? The Rotary Club of Grand Prairie; Grand Prairie, Texas                                         

Burkett, J. (2011, June) Adjusting for STAAR: Organizing for Success. Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) State Conference; Austin, Texas

Burkett, J. (2010, June) What Principals Should Know About First-Year Teachers: Coaching, Mentoring, and Moving Our Teachers Forward. TEPSA State Conference; Austin, Texas

Burkett, J. (2008, June) Creating the Teacher Leader. TEPSA State Conference; Austin, Texas

Burkett, J. (2007, February) Technology in the Classroom. Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) State Conference; Austin, Texas

American Educational Research Association
Association of Teacher Educators
Phi Delta Kappa International
Texas Association of School Administrators
University Council for Educational Administration

Contact Information:

Office: 972-338-1815
E-mail:  jerry.burkett@untdallas.edu
Twitter: @DrJerryRBurkett


A professional educator for more than twenty years, Dr. Eric Creeger has been honored as teacher and administrator of the year, served as an instructional technology coordinator, campus level administrator, and program manager for one of the first STEM Academies in the state of Texas.  He has served as an administrator at the Academy of Irving ISD, a nationally recognized smaller learning communities program, developed innovative aviation and biomedical signature study programs, worked in the country’s largest Netzero Middle School, and has teamed with the Texas High School project to create a model STEM academy serving an at risk urban population.  Dr. Creeger currently serves as a Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator for Educational Leadership at the University of North Texas at Dallas.

For the past fifteen years, Dr. Creeger has also worked as an educational consultant, providing services across the country and internationally on topics such as high school redesign, academic teaming, differentiated instruction, and effective technology integration. He currently resides in Irving, Texas, with his wife Katie and their two children.