Dr. Brian BuerkeDr. Brian Buerke is an associate professor and chairman of the physics department at Albright College. As a passionate defender of the power of public education to transform lives and communities, Dr. Buerke has worked and interacted with students and teachers at all levels of education through a variety of programs, including serving as a long-time judge for both the Reading-Berks Science and Engineering Fair and the Reading Eagle’s Berks’ Best math competition. The last few years, he has been involved in a federally-funded, state-wide program to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by training teachers in grades 3-12 in content for the Common Core and Next Generation Science standards.
Professionally, Dr. Buerke has wide experience in educational leadership and improvement of student outcomes. In addition to chairing the physics department at Albright, he is a long-time chair of the College’s Assessment Committee, chair of the committee that developed Albright’s first academic seminar program for freshmen, served as the first director of that program, and oversaw several efforts for the College’s Middle States accreditation. In each case, students achieved substantially better outcomes in both academic and nonacademic areas through initiatives begun by Dr. Buerke.
Personally, Dr. Buerke lives in Reading near Glenside Elementary School. He is the husband of Diane, a school librarian, and the father of four school-age children. He grew up in a very diverse educational environment. Because his family moved often as part of his father’s job, Dr. Buerke lived in six different states and four foreign countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia during his formative years. As a consequence of these frequent moves, he was educated in public schools in multiple states, private schools, a boarding school, homeschooled, and even educated in a school where all students in grades 5 - 8 were in a single classroom with one teacher. He is a graduate of Villanova University (B.S., physics and mathematics), Miami University in Ohio (M.S., physics), and the University of Rochester (Ph.D., physics).