Dr.Burkhardt came to Juniata in 2002 as associate professor of business and information technology. She earned a magna cum laude bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy from Wilkes College in 1980. She went on to earn a master's degree in administration from the University of Maryland in 1982 and earned a doctorate in organizational theory and behavior from Penn State University in 1990.
Before joining Juniata's faculty, she worked as a full-time business consultant from 1998 to 2002 as president of Nittany Research, a firm specializing in organizational survey development and research. She also was named a lecturer in Penn State's Smeal College of Business Administration from 1996 to 1998. She started her academic career as the Anheuser-Busch Assistant Professor of Management at the Wharton School of Business and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, a position she held from 1990 to 1997.
Before earning her doctorate, Burkhardt was an instructor in the Penn State business college from 1986 to 1990. Prior to that she was an office information specialist at Penn State from 1985 to 1986. From 1982 to 1985, Burkhardt worked as an administrator in the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She also spent two summers in 1980 and 1981 working as a management analyst for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Her research has been published in academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business School Press and Administrative Science Quarterly. She received the University of Pennsylvania Junior Faculty Award in 1992 and received the Academy of Management Best Paper Award (OCIS Division) in 1994 and 1995. She also served as chair of the Office Information Systems Special Interest Group from 1987 to 1988 for the American Society of Information Science.
Marlene enjoys spending time with her husband, Russell, and their two children, Russy and Sara.