Dr. Burton has taught at VCU for 35 years. He received his Ph.D. in Art Education from the Pennsylvania State University. He has been honored with the June King McFee Award (2009), as a Distinguished NAEA Fellow (2005), NAEA Higher Education Art Educator of the Year (2001), NAEA Southeastern Art Educator of the Year (1999), VAEA Virginia Art Educator of the Year (2001), VCU School of the Arts Distinguished Achievement in Teaching (2002), and VCU School of the Arts Distinguished Achievement in Service (1997). He is active in professional art education organizations at the national and state levels. Dr. Burton has published numerous articles on demographics related to art education, secondary analysis of national (NAEP) research in art education, and student art exhibitions, in such publications as Art Education, Studies in Art Education, and Visual Arts Research. His book entitled Exhibiting Student Art was published in 2006 by Teachers College Press.
Research, Leadership, & Awards
Dr. Burton has published articles numerous articles in Art Education and Studies in Art Education dealing with demographic research. Notable articles include Taking Another Look: Secondary Analysis of the NAEP Report Card in the Visual Arts (with Read Diket and Robert Sabol, 2000, for which they were awarded the NAEA Manuel Barkan Award for Research), A Quartile Analysis of the 1997 NAEP Visual Arts Report Card (2001), and How Do We Teach? Results of a National Survey of Instruction in Secondary Education (2001). Most recently, he spoke on Quantitative Research: Demographics and Surveys at the Hershberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University (in Tempe, Arizona) in January 2012.
Dr. Burton is the author of Exhibiting Student Art: The Essential Guide for Teachers (2006), New York: Teachers College Press.
Dr. Burton did a funded secondary analysis of the 1997 NAEP Visual Arts Report Card data related to artistic achievement among 3,000 U.S. eighth graders. This research was in the form of a quartile analysis. Recently, he began a similar quartile analysis of the 2008 NAEP Visual Arts Report Card data.
In addition, Dr. Burton was awarded the June King McFee National Award “for distinguished contributions to the profession of Art Education,” presented by the Women’s Caucus at the NAEA convention in Minneapolis, MN, on April 18, 2009. In addition, he coordinates the Ask A Fellow Program, sponsored by the NAEA Distinguished Fellows. He served as membership chair of the NAEA Distinguished Fellows from 2010 to 2011. In 2012, he received his license to conduct a secondary analysis of the NAEP 2008 Visual Report Card data.