Faculty Profile


Lem Burnham

Associate Professor

Coll of Soc & Beh Sciences


Associate Professor

Ph.D., Temple University

M.S., Bemidji State University


Dr. Lem Burnham earned his Ph.D. at Temple University; his Master of Science degree at Bemidji State (Minnesota) University; and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at U.S. International University (California Western College). Dr. Burnham has been a senior level executive in profit and non-profit organizations. The former NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles) is a lifelong learner and educator. Dr. Burnham was the mastermind behind the NFL Rookie Symposium. While serving as Vice President of Player and Employee Development at league headquarters Dr. Burnham developed and implemented the symposium strategic plan. Today the Rookie Symposium is one of the major player management components of the NFL. Dr. Burnham has helped many individuals and organizations in and out of sports develop strategies for achieving desired educational and training goals. Dr. Burnham is the author of “Personality in Groups: Group Relevant Personality and Sociometric Status.” He is also the author of “Beyond X’s And O’s,” a handbook for NFL coaches to identify and effectively manage player related issues. Dr. Burnham is co-author of two performance improvement publications including “The Athletic Success Profile” and “The Personal Success Profile.” Dr. Burnham served four years in the United States Marine Corps, including a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam with the 3rd Marine Corps Division. For his military service, Dr. Burnham received the following honors and awards: Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Naval Unit Citation; Presidential Unit Citation; Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Star; Vietnam Campaign Medal w/device. Dr. Burnham is a diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association and the American Board of Psychological Specialties. He is Board Certified in Psychological Assessment, Evaluation and Testing; and Substance Abuse Psychology. Dr. Burnham is a member of the Association for Psychological Science and the American College of Forensic Examiners. Dr. Burnham is a member of the Maxwell Football Club, and the NFL Alumni Association.