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Faculty Spotlight on Dr. Roxanne Burns

Spotlight on: Dr. Roxanne Burns

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Roxanne Burns, joined the Kent State Columbiana County campuses more than 22 years ago. 

IMAGE: Dr. Roxanne Burns
Assistant Dean Dr. Sue Rossi believes that Burns is an exemplary professor who impacts the lives of her students. “For many reasons, Dr. Burns is a driving force on our campus.  Her teaching, research, activism and community involvement are an inspiration to all.  But foremost, I think, is her dedication to her students,” Rossi said.

“For years, she has made educating students of the East Liverpool area her top priority, and it shows in everything she does.  Everyone will tell you she is a tough instructor, but many of our graduates will also tell you that they owe much of their success to working with, and taking classes, from Dr. Burns.”

Each day Burns’ schedule consists of lectures, research, advising and grant work. Even with her packed schedule, she still finds the time to advise the Environmental Club, sit on the board for the NAACP, represent the East Liverpool Campus as the lead biologist and serve as vice president for the Lions Club.

Dr. Burns is passionate about teaching and research. She inspires her students to get involved on campus and in the community. Each spring semester she is instrumental in the success of the campus’s Earth Day event, a day-long conference that focuses on environmental justice issues. Burns encourages her students to get involved by presenting papers and posters that share their view points on various environmental issues. 

In addition to teaching, Burns is a researcher and her grant work has funded an in depth study of manganese levels in East Liverpool children. Burns is working alongside Dr. Erin Haynes from the University of Cincinnati. According to Burns, the results will likely become a five-year study.

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