Chris Burnett

Chris Burnett

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Born and raised in Austin Texas, Chris Burnett is beginning his first year as a PhD student in the Program in Higher Education Leadership at The University of Texas at Austin. Chris serves as the graduate research assistant for the Vice President for Student Affairs Office and holds an adjunct faculty position with the Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

Prior to this appointment Chris served the UT Austin community for 10 years as the associate director for Outdoor Recreation and Civic Engagement with the Division of Recreational Sports. With over twenty years’ experience as an administrator of collegiate outdoor recreation, Chris has developed and mentored student leaders at Texas A&M University, the University of California-Davis, Texas State University-San Marcos and the University of Texas at Austin.

Chris received his M.S. in Recreation and Leisure Studies from California State University – Sacramento and his B.S. in Recreation Administration from Texas State University-San Marcos. Teaching two courses on Experiential Leadership in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Chris’ interest to pursue a doctorate in the Program of Higher Education Leadership is driven by his desire to learn how to scale and validate the impact of experiential learning, specifically service-learning, on the engagement and retention of first generation students.

Chris’s favorite thing about Austin is the genuine people and places you cannot find anywhere else. From kayaking Barton Creek to watching live music at the Continental Club to avocado margaritas at Curra’s Grill and Eeyore’s Birthday Party, Austin brings together the most unique blend of food, people, and culture in Texas.


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Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd 3.104A
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358