Jack Burns is vice president for academic affairs and research for the four-campus University of Colorado System. He coordinates undergraduate and graduate/professional programs and promotes diversity, teaching, research and technology transfer. He is a professor of astrophysics and a NASA-funded researcher at CU-Boulder.
Burns has published 200 papers and is a fellow of the American Physical Society.
Burns was previously vice provost for research at the University of Missouri-Columbia. During Burns' tenure, the university's federal research awards increased by a nation-leading 132 percent.
Burns was associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University. For seven years, he was department head and professor of astronomy. During that time, department funding increased by a factor of 45 and a $40 million observatory was constructed.
Burns was an assistant then associate professor in the Department of Physics Astronomy at the University of New Mexico. He was a consultant at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. Burns was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He was awarded an M.S. and a Ph.D. in astronomy from Indiana University. Burns received his B.S. in Astrophysics at the University of Massachusetts.