John K. Burchill, an associate professor of criminal justice at Kansas Wesleyan University since 1996, has a deep passion for the exploration of history, particularly that of Kansas state. Although Burchill’s academic and professional work has been in law enforcement, he retained his fascination with history and was able to combine these two interests in his writing. Because of his position as a professor of criminal justice, Burchill also has had the opportunity to give several lectures on crime throughout history.
Working as a probation officer early in his career, Burchill later served as the director of the Twelfth and Twenty-Eighth Judicial District Community Corrections. His leadership and membership positions extend across a number of clubs and organizations, including the Central Kansas Amateur Radio Club and the Salina Area Salvation Army. He has received several civic, academic, and professional awards, including the KWU Alumni Service Award for 2005 and Kansas Wesleyan University’s Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award.
Burchill received an AA in law enforcement, BA in sociology from Kansas Wesleyan University, MS in rehabilitation counseling from Emporia State University, and MA in criminal justice from Wichita State University. He lives with his wife, Susan, in Salina, Kansas.