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Burrows, Betsy

Professor of Teacher Education/ Director of Teacher Licensure Program


Ed.D., Western Carolina University
M.A., UNC at Chapel Hill
B.A., Wake Forest University


Betsy D. Burrows, Megan Keiser, Brian Randall. (2014). "Growing Teachers for a New Age: Nurturing Constructivist, Inquiry-Based Teaching" In Inquiry Based Learning for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: A Conceptual and Practical Resource for Educators.

Betsy helps create a weekly Education column called "Everyday Education" in the Transylvania Times, and contributes as one of seven rotating educators/writers/columnists.  She began the column with the Editor to keep the public informed about educational issues in the context of our own local community.  Titles of her columns include the following:

"Private School Vouchers and Re-Segregation” April 3, 2017
“Preparing Students for Democratic Citizenship” December 5, 2016
“Arts Integration for Students and Schools” April 18, 2016
“Classroom and Dinner Tables: Creating Safe Places to Teach Civil Discourse”
“Embracing Diversity in Public Schools” February 15, 2016
“Qualities of Good Teaching” October 19, 2015
“Having the Courage to Teach”   May 15, 2015
“Relationships, Relevance, and Rigor at Rise and Shine” March 9, 2015
"Embracing Strength in Diversity" January 5, 2015
"Let's go on a Field Trip" November 10, 2014



  • LearnChicago Mini Grant from Appalachian College Association.  Awarded a grant for proposal entitled “Cultural Competence for Teachers.” to plan and lead a trip for preservice teachers to Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture for diversity training, with emphasis on meeting the needs of Latino students and their families.  Fall 2012. 

  • Nominated, Selected and Inducted into ODK (Omicron Delta Kappa).   National Leadership Honor Society for college student, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni.  Spring 2010.

  • Western Carolina Research Symposium. Best Educational Research Award, March 2008. 

  • United Methodist Church Award for Exemplary Teaching.  2007.


Contact Information

Phone Number: 828-884-8351


Betsy Burrows - BC Faculty