ODK selects Teacher of the Year at Florida Southern College Honors Convocation
LAKELAND, Fla. (April 27, 2007) — Dr. Richard R. Burnette, Jr., director of student disability services at Florida Southern College, was voted “Teacher of the Year” by Omicron Delta Kappa, the honorary leadership fraternity, at the annual Honors Convocation held April 18.
The ODK Outstanding Teaching Award is designed to recognize significant leadership in the classroom as well as on the campus at large. In Burnette’s 45-year career with Florida Southern, he has served the college and the community in several capacities and received numerous teaching awards. He chaired the psychology department for 24 years and the social science division for 27 years. He directed the college counseling center and the testing service office and has served as director of psychological testing since 1963. Among his teaching awards, Burnette has been named FSC Teacher of the Year, and received the Sears Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence Award and the United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education Exemplary Teaching Award.
An ordained United Methodist minister, Burnette was a coordinator of ministerial assessment for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and editor of the National Newsletter for Ministerial Assessment Specialists. He has served as president of both the Florida Educational Research Association and the Florida Institutional Research Association.
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