Dr. Nancy Burstein is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Special Education at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Recognized for her exemplary leadership and service to the university and community, Dr. Burstein was honored as the recipient of the highly competitive CSUN Extraordinary Service Award in 2009-2010. Throughout her career at CSUN, Dr. Burstein has obtained external funding through federal, state, and foundation grants, totaling $18,446,712, that have directly contributed to her continuous record of scholarship and leadership in the field of teacher preparation and special education. Through these projects she has developed innovative and model credential and Master’s programs, with an emphasis on preparing highly qualified teachers to serve students with special needs in high-need schools. These projects have provided significant financial support to credential and MA candidates and facilitated research and professional development opportunities for faculty and public school personnel. Dr. Burstein has disseminated her research and evaluation activities widely through presentations and publications, focusing primarily on the recruitment, preparation, and retention of highly qualified urban-school special educators. For her substantial grant activity and outstanding research contributions to her discipline, Dr. Burstein was selected for the prestigious CSU Grant-Related/Specially-Funded Instructional Faculty (GRIF) in 2013 and '14.
- Ph.D. 1982, University of California Los Angeles
- M.A. 1972, San Francisco State University
- B.A. 1968, Michigan State University
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