Dennis Burin

Dennis Burin

Adjunct Professor in Geography


313-577-0022 (fax)

Urban Studies & Planning
3198 Faculty Administration Building (FAB)
656 W. Kirby St.
Detroit, MI 48202

Dennis Burin

Dr. Burin has taught at WSU since 2007.  His teaching and research focuses on both physical and human geography as well as preparing future k-12 teachers to teach in the social sciences.  In his free time he enjoys biking, watching all Detroit sports teams, playing the guitar, and traveling.  Dr. Burin is a retired high school teacher and administrator.


  • Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan and Masters and Doctorate from Wayne State University

Awards and grants

  • 2010 Diversity Distinction Award from the City of Sterling Heights and 2010 Congressional Recognition for Sterling Heights TV show that promotes understanding between various ethnic and cultural groups.  The show runs daily and is called "Getting to Know Your Neighbors" and is hosted by Dr. Burin.

  • Goethe Institute Fellowship for study in Germany (Summer 2007) including in-depth analysis of k-12 system in Berlin, Dresden, and Frankfurt.

    Fulbright-Hays Scholar for study in Vietnam (Summer 2004) including in-depth analysis of k-12 system in Hanoi and Saigon.

    Recipient of doctoral scholarship from Adult Literacy Association at Central Michigan University (1997)

Currently teaching

  • GPH 1100 World Regional Patterns

    GPH 2200 Michigan Geography

Courses taught

GPH 1100 World Regional Patterns

GPH 2200 Michigan Geography

Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught

Certified teacher in Michigan for grades K-8 (All Subjects) and grades 9-12 CX/CC (History, Geography, Government, Psychology, Economics, Sociology). Certificate #: CC-VPX650080016 (30 hour continuing/permanent)