May 9, 2006
Dr. Susan Burns, assistant professor of psychology at Morningside College, received the 2006 Distinguished Faculty Award from the American Association of University Women of Iowa (AAUW-Iowa) during their annual meeting and conference held recently in Marshalltown, Iowa.
Burns was recognized for her exemplary contributions toward creating a climate of gender equity in education in the state of Iowa including forming research partnerships with and mentoring of Morningside students; involvement with Young Women Investigating Science and Math (WINGS), an annual conference for middle school girls; and serving on a local school bullying prevention committee. Burns was also instrumental in establishing Morningside’s annual Palmer Undergraduate Research Symposium in 2004.
“Dr. Burns has been successful as a model for and mentor of women and girls in academia, breaking gender role constraints and then successfully encouraging others to follow in her footsteps. She is recognized by her colleagues as a role model and inspiration on the Morningside campus and in the region,” said Sue Jorgensen, president of AAUW-Iowa.
Burns has been at Morningside since 2002, where she teaches developmental and child/adolescent psychology and the psychology of gender. She was voted by the Morningside student body as the 2005-2006 Faculty Person of the Year for her outstanding contributions to Morningside and its students. In 2004, she received the college’s Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award.
She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Emporia State University, and a master’s degree and doctorate in personality and social psychology with an emphasis in child development from Kansas State University.
The American Association of University Women is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members, 1,300 local branches, and 600 college and university partners promoting education and equity for women and girls.