Dr. Edward B. Burger is President of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, as well as an educational and business consultant. Previously, he was Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He earned a B.A. with distinction in Mathematics. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin.
Professor Burger is the recipient of many teaching awards and accolades. . In 2013 he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society; in 2012, Microsoft Worldwide Education selected him as one of their "Global Heroes in Education"; and in 2010, the Huffington Post named him one of their Game Changers, which honors "100 innovators, visionaries, mavericks, and leaders who are reshaping their fields and changing the world." He was named by Baylor University as the 2010 recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, the largest and most prestigious prize in higher education teaching in the English-speaking world.
His other teaching awards include the Nelson Bushnell Prize for Scholarship and Teaching from Williams College, the Distinguished Achievement Award for Educational Video Technology from the Association of Educational Publishers, and the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics from the Mathematical Association of America. In 2006 Reader's Digest honored him in its annual "100 Best of America" special issue as "Best Math Teacher."
Professor Burger is the author of more than 60 scholarly papers and books, including his coauthored work with Michael Starbird, The Heart of Mathematics: An invitation to effective thinking, for which they were honored with the Robert W. Hamilton Book Award.