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Associate Professor James Burg

James Burg, Ph.D.Burg-James-JW-04

Dean of the College of Professional Studies

  • Office: Neff Hall, 250B
  • Office Phone: 260-481-5406
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Professional Background

Dr. Burg is the dean of the College of Professional Studies and is a faculty member in the Counselor Education Program at IPFW. In other campus leadership positions he chaired the chancellor’s initiative, the University Strategic Alignment Process, a two-year review of the university to better align resources with the strategic plan; he chaired the Department of Professional Studies; and was the graduate program director for Counselor Education.

His professional and research interests are in the area of building stronger marriages for which he has written more than 650 healthy-marriage newspaper columns and started two community marriage initiatives.  Locally, Dr. Burg serves on the Steering Committee of the mayoral initiative, Fort Wayne UNITED, which has a vision that every black male in Fort Wayne is respected and valued and has the opportunity to achieve his full potential.

Dr. Burg completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. His Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy is from Purdue University, and his master’s in marriage and family therapy and bachelor’s in psychology and sociology are from Michigan State University. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with more than 25 years of experience as a therapist.

He is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a member of the American Counseling Association. He has held several leadership positions in professional organizations, including being the past-president of the Indiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is the current coordinator of the Psychology Section in the Orthodox Christian Association for Medicine, Psychology, and Religion.