Sociology Program

Dr. Jackie Burnside

Professor of Sociology; Chairperson of the Department of Sociology

At Berea College since 1984

Contact information:

Frost, Room 215
Phone: (859) 985-3811
CPO 1706

Office Hours, Spring 2015:

Mon: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tue/Thur: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Or By Appointment

Class Schedule:

  • GSTR 210 Y (Tue/Thur: 8:00 am – 9:50 am)
  • GSTR 410 K (Mon/Wed/Fri: 1:20 pm – 2:30 pm)
  • SOC 350 (Mon/Wed/Fri: 9:20 am – 10:30 am)


  • B.A., Berea College, 1974
  • M.A., Human Relations, University of Oklahoma, 1979
  • M.A. University of Oklahoma, 1979
  • M.A., Philosophy, Yale University, 1987
  • Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University, 1988


  • Early Black Berea Burnside, Jacqueline Grisby. Berea and Madison County, a documentary photo book published by Arcadia Publishing, Charleston SC, 2007.


Dr. Burnside, Associate Professor of Sociology, is a native of Alabama and an alumna of Berea College (1974). Dr. Burnside’s Ph.D. dissertation was an organizational analysis of Berea College as an interracial educational institution during the 19th Century.

Recent research and journal publications focus on race relations, women’s clubs and higher education. Currently, she is serving as project director for a community volunteer effort to collect oral history about Berea’s black history  and produce a tour map with audio tape and a picture album book.

Observing her as a faculty advisor, teacher and active participant in extra-curricular activities, one can understand Dr. Burnside’s statement,

“At Berea, I feel a part of a great history, still in the making.”

In addition to teaching introductory sociology, social problems, advanced courses in race, ethnic relations and formal organizations. Dr. Burnside was an Army sergeant whose tour of duty included living in the Panama Canal Zone (1976-79).

Dr. Burnside continues her interest in organizational development, leadership skills and maintaining physical fitness via swimming. She and her husband Virgil have one child and a house with a garden. For more details on this “Farmer’s Daughter in Academia,” consult Working-Class Women in the Academy: Laborers in the Knowledge Factory, edited by Michelle M. Tokarczyk and Elizabeth A. Fay (1993).

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