Pat Burk, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy in the Graduate School of Education. He teaches classes in the educational administration program and centers his research activities around the characteristics of schools and districts that successfully close the achievement gap and increase student achievement. He also facilitates the implementation of PSU campus and community partnerships for the Cradle-to-Career initiative.

From 2002-2009, Pat Burk served as chief policy officer to Susan Castillo, Oregon State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Oregon Department of Education. At ODE, Dr. Burk led Oregon’s initial implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act and played a key role in several PreK-12 education initiatives, including the development of the Oregon growth model, the PreK-16 longitudinal data system, the redesign of the Oregon school report card, and the development, adoption, and implementation of the new Oregon graduation requirements. He coordinated the Oregon K-12 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) effort that infused the Oregon PreK-12 education system with millions of dollars to advance reforms and improvements to create long-lasting results for students.

Before serving as Susan Castillo’s chief policy officer, Dr. Burk held several positions in Portland Public Schools (PPS), including principal for several Portland schools. In addition, he served in various positions within the PPS district office, including the Director of Oregon Improvement Act Development, assistant superintendent for grants management and partnership development, and deputy superintendent for curriculum and instructional policy.