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Stephen Burke

Stephen Burke

Stephen Burke

Founding Dean, School of Arts and Humanities

Assistant Professor, English

Academic II, Room 2116


Stephen Burke is Instructor of English and was appointed Chair of English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies in August 2015. He has made a significant impact since his arrival at RCC in 2007. He has taught writing and literature courses, both classroom-based and online, and served as a coordinator in the Reading and Writing Center and for English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.

He helped revamp the English 101 curriculum and created a pilot project to increase student reflection through “ePortfolios.” As a Remediation Committee member, he helped create and piloted an Accelerated Learning version of English 101 to hasten the progress of English Skills students.

Mr. Burke previously taught composition and literature courses at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Rochester Institute of Technology and Binghamton University, SUNY. His professional experience includes tenures as a development director at Columbia University, New York/Presbyterian Hospital and other New York nonprofits. He also served as an assistant dean of development and alumni relations at Columbia.


  • BA English, Fordham University, 1975
  • MA English, Binghamton, SUNY, 1977

Professional Accomplishments

  • Co-wrote successful National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant: Muslim Journeys, obtaining bookshelf and digital resources for RCC in collaboration with the Rockland County Muslim Center, 2013
  • NEH Scholarship: One of 25 community college faculty selected nationally to attend NEH/CCHA Workshop, “Concord, MA: A Center of Transcendentalism and Social Reform in the 19th Century,” Concord, MA, 2010
  • Certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer for Online Courses, University of Maryland, 2010


  • “Temporal Metaphor in Pearl: ‘In augoste in a hy3 seysoun.’” Fifteenth-Century Studies 3 (1980): 41-54

Presentations (Selected)

  • Several solo or joint presentations for RCC Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) on topics such as ePortfolios, learning outcomes assessment, teaching web-enhanced courses, and audience awareness in student writing
  • “Discourse and Discussion: Shifting Power/Creating Knowledge in the Online Classroom,” Conference on Instructional Technologies, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2010


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