Dr. Jackie Burnside
Professor of Sociology; Chairperson of the Department of Sociology
Frost, Room 215
Office Hours: TBA
At Berea College since 1984
- B.A., Berea College, 1974
- M.A., University of Oklahoma, 1979
- M.A., Yale University, 1982
- Ph.D., Yale University, 1988
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 alumnae of Berea College (1974). Her other degrees include a Masters in Human Relations from University of Oklahoma (1979), a second Master of Arts (1982), Master of Philosophy (1987) and a Ph.D. in Sociology (1988) from Yale University. Dr. Burnside’s 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 the black history of Berea 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 teaches Stories and U.S. Traditions, which are two of the first year students’ courses in the General Studies program.
A former 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).