Norman Burdick

Norman Burdick


Personal Information


Teaching Philosophy/Personal Statement
I like the word “teacher” better than the phrase “learning facilitator,” partly because brevity and simplicity are often the best choices. I believe in the importance of and like my subjects and my students. I am not merely a “grader,” there to assess what someone can do already; I am a “teacher,” there to help someone change what he or she can do, and I will do most things within the limits of reason, the law, and my personal endurance to bring that about.


Degrees Earned
B.A., Carleton College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin


Previous Teaching Experience
Substitute teaching, Racine, Wisconsin public school system; part-time, University of Wisconsin—Parkside


Two Year College English Association/Midwest; IEA/NEA. Sandburg Teacher of the year, 2000.


"The 'Coatesville Address': Crossroads of Rhetoric and Poetry." Western Journal of Speech Communication 42 (1978): 73-82; “Specialist.” Lynx Eye 7.2 (2000): 69-88.


Additional Info
I participated in a Fulbright Teaching Exchange in 1987-1988;
I spent a year teaching in South Cheshire College in Crewe, England, while a South Cheshire teacher, Barry Jonsberg, taught here at Sandburg.