Dr. Kimberly Smith Burton is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Middle Grades, Secondary and Special Education. She is currently serving as the Chair for the Department of Middle Grades, Secondary and Specialized Subjects.
Dr. Smith Burton has a long history with P-16 education which dates back to her days as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow at North Carolina Central University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Teaching. She received her Masters of Arts in Mathematics Teaching from Fayetteville State University, and her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Smith Burton has served as Director of the Mathematics/Science Education Center here at Fayetteville State University. Prior to becoming the Director of the Math/Science Education Center, she served as Interim Department Chair of Middle Grades, Secondary and Special Education, the Middle Grades/Secondary Education Coordinator, Mathematics Education Coordinator and Associate Regional Director for the Coastal Rural Systemic Initiative (National Science Foundation Grant). She has also served as the PRAXIS Coordinator and Title III Activity Director for the School of Education. One of her most distinguished honors was being named the 2006-2007 Fayetteville State Teacher of the Year. She has received funding for several grants, such as the NC QUEST grant, NC Biotechnology Workshop grant, United Way grant, and the NSF HBCU-UP grant. Her areas of emphasis include test preparation, modeling for pre-service teachers, in-service teacher professional development, using standards-based and practice-based teaching strategies to teach mathematics and increasing achievement in a middle/high school by changing the culture and environment.