Helen Burchell was a member of the founding faculty at Ramapo College, joining the faculty as an Associate Professor of Education in 1971. She was director of Clinical Experiences for beginning teachers and served as an administrator in the Teacher Education program until 1987, when she focused on academic outreach, special projects and grants. Her command of the English language and her editorial skills were a tremendous resource to faculty, especially in terms of grant-seeking.
For 25 years Dr. Burchell was the director of The Record Debate Classic at Ramapo College, a tournament for high school debate teams from across the region. She also served on the Donald G. and Flora A. Borg Merit Scholarship Award committee for more than a decade.
Helen Burchell grew up in New England “amongst a large and busy family” according to her brother William. Dr. Burchell earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1953 and master’s and doctoral degrees in Education from Columbia University Teacher’s College. She taught at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1962 until 1971. Dr. Burchell had an avid interest in American antiques. “Never again shall I encounter anyone so prodigiously skilled in acquiring antiquity nor so disarming in negotiations with dealers,” continues her brother William.
Dr. Burchell died suddenly in 2004, just three months after her retirement from Ramapo College. In recognition of her many years of service to Ramapo, the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors created endowed scholarship in her memory.
2017 Recipient – Daniel Landers (Literature)
2016 – Bryan Potts (Literature)
2015 – Marina Bisha (Literature)
2014 – Claire Kelly (Literature)
2013 – Jacqueline Thomas (Literature)
2012 – Amanda Lentino (Literature) & Kim Eskin (Literature)
2011 – Logan Brown (Literature)
2010 – Sarah Hildebrand (Literature)
2009 – Katherine Levering (Literature)
2008 – Moriah Cohen (Literature)