Get to Know Us: John Burkhardt, Ph.D.

JCB PortraitWhat made you decide to come to the University of Michigan?
I first came to pursue a Ph.D. in Higher Education, as well as an M.A. in Organizational Psychology.  I returned in 2000, because this seemed like the best place to establish my vision for a research-driven advocacy organization focused on higher education in society.

Why did you elect Organizational Psychology for your area of study?
I chose Organizational Psychology because I have always been interested in how decisions are made, how leadership is expressed, and how institutions influence their environments.

What is something that is rewarding to you day-to-day at the Forum?
I always enjoy watching colleagues come into a greatly expanded view of their own potential, and seeing them gain the confidence to step out and lead.

What do you enjoy to do in your spare time?
I love to garden.  I never thought I would and I only took it up about 10-12 years ago.  But the whole process is full of both metaphor and mystery.  It also tires me out, which sometimes can be good.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
I love the people I work with at the National Forum, I really do.

Read more about John in his bio.



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