Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton

Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton

Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton

PVCC Alumna and Faculty member
B.A. In Philosophy, ASU, 1997
B.A. In Literature, ASU, 1997
M.A. Philosophy, ASU, 2000
Ph. D. Coursework completed in Religious Studies ASU, 2005-2014
Ph.D in Humanities with an emphasis in Philosophy, Faulkner University, 2017

As a first-generation college student, Kelly followed the path of least resistance.  On her daily trips to high school, Kelly’s mother pointed out PVCC and stated, “This will be your college.”  The support and encouragement of one of her professors, Surrendra Gargadean, guided Kelly’s higher education journey that began at PVCC in 1990 and has brought her full circle.  Kelly has been a Residential Faculty member at PVCC since 2014 and recently completed her Ph.D. in Humanities with an emphasis in Philosophy.

Kelly enjoys engaging with students through conversation and utilizes the Socratic method to foster thoughtful dialogue in the classroom.  She enjoys music and playing percussion instruments, reading the Great Books, and hiking with her Australian Cattle Dogs.