Rachel L.H. Burns, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Department of Education
Rachel L.H. Burns, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Department of Education at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Her area of academic interest involves teaching physical education to children in grades K-12.
Dr. Burns earned a B.S. in Physical Education magna cum laude with a concentration in athletic training at the State University of New York College at Brockport in 2001. She was named the Most Outstanding Student of the Year in the Major of Athletic Training by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching in Physical Education at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Physical Education Pedagogy at USC in 2010. Her dissertation was entitled "An Examination of Student Situational Interest and Contextual Variable Preference in Physical Education."
During her college career, Dr. Burns earned two fellowships and induction into Phi Epsilon Kappa, the national health and physical education honors fraternity.
Dr. Burns began her academic career as a member of the clinical faculty in the physical education and athletic training programs at USC in Columbia in 2005. A year later, she became a high school health education teacher and head coach of the varsity soccer and tennis teams at Pelion High School, Pelion, S.C.
In 2007, she was appointed a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. In 2010, she moved to the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, where she was named Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership and Applied Instruction with a health and physical education emphasis.
In 2012, she returned to USC as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training. Two years later, she left the university to accept the position of Program Manager for Academic Affairs with the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. In 2015, she became an Education Associate for educator preparation with the South Carolina Department of Education.
Dr. Burns joined the faculty at USCB in 2017 in her current position.
She is an author of four scholarly articles in refereed publications, and has delivered 10 presentations at refereed national professional conferences from San Diego to Boston, plus two regional conferences and six state conferences. In pursuit of continuing education, she has attended 25 professional conventions throughout the country from 2002 to 2017.
Dr. Burns has served as a Special Olympics volunteer in Columbia, S.C., and Douglasville, Ga.
She teaches a course entitled Observation and Analysis in the Clinical Setting and supervises practicum students.