Burtz has over 25 years of professional experience in Rome, Italy, almost exclusively with higher education study programs. She joined AUR in 2017 as the Associate Dean of Academic Administration, serving as a key member of the executive staff and working with the Dean and senior administrative leaders to develop the Dean’s strategic agenda.
Before joining AUR, Burtz was the Director and Assistant Dean of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business MBA Program at St. John’s University Rome Campus. Prior to this experience she was the Associate Director of St. John’s University Undergraduate Rome Programs. At the start of her university career she was the Administrative Manager of the University of Arkansas Rome Center.
Her expertise in higher education encompasses three domains: understanding the academics and needs of undergraduate and graduate students; recognizing the importance of curriculum expansion, development and growth; and raising visibility of university programs to attract local, national and international students thus ensuring the financial strength of the institution.
Earlier experiences in the US included work as the Associate Director of a not-for-profit local public access television station, Channel L NYC, Curatorial Assistant at the American Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria, NY) and Courseware Developer Consultant at Avid Technology (Tewksbury, MA). During this time she made short films.
MBA thesis: A Survey of Sustainable Development: Understanding the Complexities and Contradictions
MA thesis: The Hollywoodization of Cinecittà: The Impact of American Film Imperialism on the Italian Film Culture
BA senior video documentary: Yuan Yunsheng: Portrait of an Artist.
The documentary was part of an exhibition on the artist Yuan Yunsheng at the Tisch Family Gallery of Tufts University (Sept. 12 – Dec 3, 2017).