Ms. Burton holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Interior Design and a Masters in Art Education – Adult Training. She brings more than nineteen years of Interior Design and project management experience in Commercial and Residential design. Throughout her sixteen years of teaching, she has taught more than twenty different courses in the Interior Design Department and two junior/senior level General Education courses. She has taught at five different colleges/universities starting her career in Northern Michigan at Baker College in Muskegon.
She moved to Indianapolis, IN and worked at an A&D firm while teaching at the Art Institute of Indianapolis. In 2013, she starting teaching at Ball State University. After spending nine years in Indy, her and her family decided to move to Nashville, TN. She taught at Western Kentucky University and starting working with Alfred Williams Company as a Project Manager.
The Burton family moved one more time to Greenville SC to be closer to her family. She worked in the industry as a Field Operation Manager at Young Office and CBI and also taught part-time at Anderson University before coming to Converse University.
She truly has found her passion — education. Kris enjoys being a hands-on professor; involved with all the school events, fundraisers and most importantly her students. Kris loves being an Interior Design Professor, this allows her a creative outlet not only in her field, but also in the way she teaches.
Kris believes that the point of assessment in education is to advance learning, not to have students memorize the material for a test. She wants her students to grasp and understand the material for the professional world. No designer has ever mastered a complicated idea or skill their first or fifth time they tried. To reach a complete understanding of the material, one needs trials, errors, and adjustments based on feedback.
“A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart”. – Frank Lloyd Wright