The Creative Source
Charles Michael Burack, Ph.D.
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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, California Institute of Integral Studies and The Chaplaincy Institute and has taught at St. Mary College of California, Cal State East Bay, Starr King School for Ministry, Naropa University-Oakland, the University of Creation Spirituality, and Chabot College.

For many years, Chuck has led workshops in
work visioning, creativity at work, 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 interfaith 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.

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 spiritual memoir as well as a book on holistic approaches to creativity.

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 integral 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.
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. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He is a graduate of the Spiritual Directors' Institute, Burlingame, and of the Kaiser-Permanente training program for lay interfaith chaplains.

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