John Burkhardt

Professor of Clinical Practice,Center for the Study and Higher Education; Founding Director, National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good

John  Burkhardt, School of Education

John C. Burkhardt is the founding director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good (National Forum) and formerly served as director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), both organizations based at the University of Michigan. He holds an appointment as professor of clinical practice at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE). Prior to arriving at the University of Michigan, Dr. Burkhardt was program director for leadership and higher education at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where he led several major initiatives focused on transformation and change in higher education and participated in a comprehensive effort to encourage leadership development among emerging and aspiring leaders. John’s research focuses on leadership and transformation, organizational culture, and the role of philanthropy in U.S. society and higher education. His two most recent books are “Transforming Meanings of Diversity in Higher Education” (2017) and “Engaged Research and Practice: Higher Education and the Pursuit of the Public Good” (2017).

Burkhardt teaches courses in the following program(s):
Higher Education
Organizational Behavior & Management
Higher Education and Master of Public Policy (Dual Degree)
Higher Education and MBA (Dual Degree)
Individually Designed Concentration
Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education
Higher Education Management and Organizations




Research Affiliations


6/1/2019 - ongoing Strengthening Networks for Communicating Educational Opportunities for Undocumented Students
Granting Agency: Kresge Foundation

10/1/2018 - 9/30/2019 Enhancing College Access Resources for Undocumented Students
Granting Agency: Michigan College Access Network (MCAN)

9/1/2017 - 2/28/2019 Building Institutional Support for Undocumented Students in Michigan Colleges and Universities
Granting Agency: Kresge Foundation


Room 3320

Curriculum Vitae