John W. Burkett

John W. Burkett

John W. Burkett

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition
Director of the Writing Center

Discipline: English
Teaching Since: 2009
Area: College Faculty
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B.S., University of Southern California at Los Angeles
M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary
M.A., Mississippi College
Ph.D., Texas Christian University


John Burkett planted the Writing Center at Southeastern toward developing a culture of critical thinking and writing to better serve and glorify Jesus Christ (Rom. 11:36). John teaches a number of English courses: Composition (ENG1110), Research Writing (ENG1120), Creative Writing (ENG 3600), John Milton (ENG3620), C. S. Lewis (ENG3630), and Advanced Writing through Augustine’s Confessions (ENG3590/GEN5590). He has studied business communication (BS), biblical literature (MA), English literature (MA), and composition and rhetoric (PhD), composing a non-Platonic commentary on Aristotle’s Art of Rhetoric. John served in the U.S. Army, mostly overseas, when he was converted to God through his Son while reading the Holy Scriptures. John has enjoyed teaching college and graduate-level writers since 2003 and at Southeastern since 2009.


The Abstract of Principles has served as a guiding document since Southeastern’s founding. In April 2001, Trustees revised the institutional bylaws to include the 2000 revision of the Baptist Faith and Message along with the Abstract of Principles as the official articles of faith for the school. Since then, faculty have been asked to state in writing that these documents represent their personal beliefs without mental hesitation or reservation and they committed themselves to teach in accordance with and not contrary to these statements of faith.

In addition to the articles of faith, Southeastern further recognizes two documents that clarify beliefs on critical issues. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy reflects Southeastern’s commitment to biblical authority. The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood addresses the issue of biblical manhood and womanhood. These documents serve as guidelines and affirmations of convictions and beliefs that are already expressed in Southeastern’s statement of faith. Members of the Faculty commit to teach in accordance with and not contrary to the doctrines expressed in these documents.

The faculty of Southeastern published the booklet, “Here we stand! This We Believe!” to introduce the statements of faith signed by the faculty and the affirmation statements endorsed by the faculty. The fifth document in the booklet is the Nashville Statement, which is not a formally recognized document of the school but expresses the position of the school on gender and sexuality.