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Project Manager Rec & Ret

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-3474 College of Education EDU 205 , Box 106


Jennifer is the coordinator of teacher recruitment and retention in the College of Education and Professional Studies. She has her doctorate from the University of Maryland, in minority and urban education in the teaching, learning, policy, and leadership program. She is a former high school math teacher at Harding Fine Arts Academy. Her areas of expertise include anti-racist education, teacher education and social justice leadership. Burris has worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Department of Education, the Oklahoma A+ Schools Institute at UCO and the Teaching and Leading Initiative of Oklahoma. She was the 2016 DaVinci Institute A+ Teacher of the year and enjoys integrating the arts, social justice and academics across grade levels and content areas

Education and Certifications

University of Maryland,  2021                                                   

Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership 

Minority and Urban Education Specialization

Southern Nazarene University, 2017

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

University of Central Oklahoma, 2011

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education 


Certifications: Elementary Education, Middle Level Math, Intermediate Math, Secondary Principal 


Classes Taught

Graduate Level:

  • Reading Pedagogy in Prek-6
  • Professional Seminar in Teacher Education and Supervision
  • Urban Education (TA) 

Undergraduate Level:

  • Embracing Diversity in Classroom Communities
  • Historical and Philosophical Perspectives of Education
  • Summer Transitional Program

K-12 Level:

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Senior Capstone
  • Financial Literacy


University of Maryland, 2018 - 2020

Instructor of Record

Research Assistant

Lilead Project Administrative Assistant

Oklahoma A+ Schools, 2012-2017, 2020- Current

Regional Coordinator

Teaching Fellow

The United States House of Representatives, 2019

Legislative Intern for Oklahoma Representative

Teaching and Leading Initiative of Oklahoma, 2019

Professional Development Support Specialist

The United States Department of Education, 2019

Intern for the Center for Faith and Opportunities Initiative

Harding Fine Arts Academy 

Mathematics Department Head

Advisory Coordinator

Orientation Coordinator 

Cheerleading Coach

Course Taught: Geometry, Algebra 1, Senior Capstone, Financial Literacy 

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2020, Getting Better Together: How Communities of Practice Support the Development of Novice Teacher Educators – Cancelled due to COVID-19
  • Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), 2020, “I Don’t Even Know Where to Begin”: The Impact of a Community of Practice on a Novice Teacher Educator
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conference (AACTE), 2020, Diversity vs Intersectionality in Preservice Teacher Online Discussion Boards
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conference (AACTE), 2020, Learning Social Justice, Teaching Social Justice: Novice Teacher Educators’ Experiences in a Community of Practice
  • University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), 2019, Preparation of Educational Leaders for Diverse School Communities: What the NELP Standards Say
  • National Association of Multicultural Education Conference, 2019, Dismantling Dominant Narratives: Decolonizing Teacher Education Courses
  • National Association of Multicultural Education Conference, 2019, Minority and Urban Education in Black and White: De-Mythifying and Decolonizing Urban Education Programs
  • Harvard Student Research Conference, 2019, Preparing Preservice Teachers for Student Teaching Through Multicultural Education
  • Critical Race Studies in Education Conference, 2018, The Oklahoma Land Run: Absent Native American Perspectives in Curricula and School Reenactments
  • University of Maryland Graduate Student Teaching Orientation, 2018, Using Strengths for Effective Teaching
  • Oklahoma A+ Professional Development Workshops, 2017, The Art of Problem Solving
  • Oklahoma A+ Spring Retreat, 2016, Oklahoma Math Standards Overview
  • Oklahoma A+ Summer Institute, 2015, The Art of Graphing
  • Transitions to Excellence Conference, 2014, Arts Integration in Secondary Schools

Professional and Community Involvement

  • University of Maryland, 2019, Faculty Search Committee – Teacher Education
  • American Educational Research Association, 2019, Proposal Reviewer
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, 2019, Proposal Reviewer
  • University Council for Educational Administration, 2019, Proposal Reviewer
  • National Association of Multicultural Education Conference, 2019, Proposal Reviewer
  • University of Maryland College of Education Student Research Conference, 2019, Presentation Room Chair
  • University of Maryland College of Education Graduate Teacher Educator Orientation, 2018, Co-Chair
  • University of Maryland College of Education Welcome Fair, 2018, Graduate Student Panel Facilitator

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