The Creative Source
Charles Michael Burack, Ph.D.
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About

Biography
Dr. Charles Burack is an award-winning teacher, writer, poet, and scholar as well as a gifted spiritual counselor, creativity/career coach, and organizational consultant.  For over two decades, Chuck has been committed to catalyzing individual, collective, and planetary transformation.
 
As a professor and core faculty at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California, Dr. Burack teaches interdisciplinary courses in psychology, spirituality, and literature and has pioneered contemplative and creative educational approaches. He also teaches at UC Berkeley, The Chaplaincy Institute, and the Fox Institute and has taught at St. Mary College of California, California State University-East Bay, California Institute of Integral Studies, Starr King School for Ministry, Naropa University-Oakland, UCS, and Chabot College.

For many years, Chuck has led workshops in
work visioning, creativity at work, emotional intelligence, social intelligence, and inner guidance.  Currently, he oversees the coaching specialization in JFKU's Consciousness and Transformative Studies graduate program. Previously, he chaired and redesigned the undergraduate Psychology and Liberal Arts programs and created the Liberal Studies program.  All of the programs offer global, integrative and holistic approaches.  He also helped develop the Graduate Liberal Studies program at St. Mary's College.

Since the mid-1990s, Chuck has been actively involved in interreligious and integral education, arts and counseling. A former rabbinical student, he was trained as an interfaith spiritual director at the Spiritual Directors Institute and as a lay interfaith chaplain at Kaiser-Permanente Hospital. He helped develop the interfaith curriculum at The Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Interfaith Ministries and was the director of its spiritual direction program. He is a member of the professional advisory group for the new clinical pastoral education program at Kaiser-Permanente Hospital, Diablo Region.

Before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1988, Chuck worked for six years as a strategic planner, communication consultant, and human resource specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  He also worked as research assistant at the University of Chicago Medical Center and the University of Illinois Center for Research in Criminal Justice.

Publications
Chuck has published two collection of poems, Leaves of Light (Apocryphile, 2016) and Songs to My Beloved (Sacred Arts, 2004), and a literary study, D.H. Lawrence's Language of Sacred Experience (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) as well as dozens of articles, stories, poems and meditations. His work has appeared in Mosaic, Tikkun, Interreligious Insight, Style, Presence, Studies in the Novel, Sacred Hoop, Street Spirit, Original Blessing, Sufism, Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, PsycCRITIQUES, Archives of General Psychiatry, and Schizophrenia Bulletin. Currently, Chuck is finishing a book on holistic approaches to creativity and another book on interreligious spirituality.

Awards
In 2012 Chuck received the Outstanding Faculty Award in JFKU's College of Undergraduate Studies.  That year he also won first prize in the Songs of the Soul Poetry Contest sponsored by the International Association of Sufism.  In 2007 Interreligious Insight journal and Common Ground Center commended his articles on interreligious spirituality, and in 2001 he
received the New Scholar Award from the D.H. Lawrence Society of North America for several articles on Lawrence’s creative process and technique.
 
Education
Dr. Burack holds a Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley, an M.A. in English from Northwestern University, an M.A. in Human Development from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. with high honors in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He is a graduate of the Spiritual Direction Institute, Burlingame, and of the Kaiser-Permanente training program (Mt. Diablo region) for lay interfaith chaplains.

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