Associate Vice President, Student Development
2017 Conference Chair
Peggy Burke is currently the associate vice president of Student Affairs at DePaul University where she is responsible for providing strategic leadership and support to three departments in the Division of Student Affairs. Her leadership focuses on guiding these departments to develop out-of-classroom learning opportunities that support student progress, success and transformational and integrated learning. As a part of this, Peggy regularly encourages curricular/co-curricular partnerships, and she assists in identifying the best opportunities for those partnerships. She oversees the departments of Residential Education, Student Involvement and New Student and Family Engagement, and serves on the vice president for Student Affairs’ leadership cabinet.
Peggy has presented on the subject of student affairs/academic affairs collaboration both nationally and internationally, for AAC&U, the National Resource Center on the First Year Experience and NASPA. At DePaul, Peggy was instrumental in establishing a partnership with academic affairs to create its innovative first-year seminar, Chicago Quarter, which is still in place 20 years later. She played a leading role in developing the learning outcomes, faculty/staff training initiatives and the co-curricular components of this nationally recognized first year experience program.
Active in NASPA IV-East, she is the current past regional director for IV-East and has also served as the Awards chair, Women in Student Affairs (WISA) Conference co-chair and Leadership Programs Knowledge Community chair. In 2013, she received the NASPA IV-E Marlene Kowalski-Braun Award for Service to Women in Student Affairs, and in 2011, was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to NASPA IV-East Award. Recently, Peggy has been asked to act as a keynote speaker at a number of events held by universities and associations on the topic of leadership in student affairs.
She has worked at DePaul University since 1984, holding previous positions of director of Special Services, acting director of Campus Ministry and director of Student Life. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago, DePaul University and Benedictine University. She holds a PhD in higher education administration from Loyola University Chicago, and an MA in history and BA in secondary education from DePaul University.