Charles Burack has been core faculty at JFKU since 2007. He joined the Consciousness and Transformative faculty in 2017. From 2007 to 2017 he was core faculty in the Undergraduate Psychology program and served as its chair for three years (2007-2010). He has also chaired the Department of Liberal Arts (2007-2008) and was chief architect of the B.A. Liberal Studies Program that was launched in 2011. In 2012 he was awarded Outstanding Faculty in JFKU’s College of Undergraduate Studies.

Burack is an award-winning scholar and poet as well as a widely published writer. Specializing in the integration of psychology, spirituality, and the creative arts, he has published three books—Leaves of Light (2017), D. H. Lawrence’s Language of Sacred Experience (2005), Songs to My Beloved (2004/2012)—and dozens of essays, stories, poems, and meditations. He is completing books on interreligious spirituality and holistic creativity.

A former rabbinical student, Burack is an interfaith spiritual counselor and lay chaplain and is active in interfaith education, counseling, and arts. He is also a creativity and life/work coach.

Prior to joining JFKU, Burack taught at UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s College, Naropa University, Cal State Hayward, and Chabot College. He also worked as a human resource specialist, strategic planner, and communications consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and as a research assistant at the University of Chicago Medical Center and at the University of Illinois Center for Research in Criminal Justice.



  • Consciousness and Transformative Studies
  • Undergraduate Psychology


Transpersonal Psychology; Creativity and Transformation; Metaphors and Symbols of Transformation; Emotional Intelligence; Interpersonal Intelligence; Psychology of Happiness; Teaching Practicum; Humanistic Psychology; Psychology of Creativity; Creativity & Intuition; Healing Stories; Kabbalah and Psychology; Psychology of Religion; Sacred Poetry; Social Psychology; Developmental Psychology; History of Psychology; Healing through Writing

Selected Publications


Burack, C. (2018). Thomas Merton: Creation-centered mystic, poet, and prophet. Tikkun 33(1-2), 77-80.

Burack, C. (2018). “Imagining the Earth’s Guidance for Building a Sacred Community” In M. Fox, S. Wilson, & J. Listug (Eds.), Order of the Sacred Earth (pp. 207-210). Rhinebeck, NY: Monkfish Book Publishing. (just received the book).

Burack, C. (2017, July 13). Blessing the World and All Its Inhabitants. Tikkun Daily. Retrieved from https://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2017/07/13/blessing-the-world-and-all-its-inhabitants/

Burack, C. (2016, October 12). On turning sixty: Counsel from my inner wisdom on how to live. Tikkun Daily. Retrieved from http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2016/10/12/on-turning-sixty-counsel-from-my-inner-wisdom-on-how-to-live/.

Burack, C. (2016). Leaves of light. Berkeley, CA: Apocryphile Press.

Gontkovsky, S. & Burack, C. (2015). To negotiate or not to negotiate – That is not the question, for everyone must negotiate. Review of the book Negotiation and persuasion: The science and art of winning cooperative partners. PsycCRITIQUES 61(40), Article 8.

Gontkovsky, S. & Burack, C. (2015). The socializing brain: Understanding the relationship between social interactions and the central nervous system Review of the book New frontiers in social neuroscience. PsycCRITIQUES, 60(12), Article 7.

Burack, C. (2014, March 27). The Tao of Torah. Tikkun Daily. Retrieved from http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/the-tao-of-torah.

Burack, C. (2014). Responding to the challenges of a contemplative curriculum. Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, 1(1), 35-53.

Burack, C. (2013). A visit to the lhamo. Sacred Hoop, 79, 19-21.

Burack, C. (2012). I am. Sufism: An Inquiry, 16(1), 75-76.

Burack (2011, October 6). Spare change leads to spiritual change, Street Spirit. Retrieved from http://www.thestreetspirit.org/spare-change-leads-to-spiritual-change/.

Burack (2011). Meeting the challenges of interfaith spiritual direction. Presence, 17(3), 39-45.

Burack (2011). Creating integral prayers and meditations. Interreligious Insight, 9(1), 43-48.

Burack, C. (2010). The healing spirit of Rumi. Interreligious Insight, 8(3), 14-25.

Burack, C. (2010). Counsel for interfaith leaders and peacemakers. Tikkun, 26(1). Retrieved from http://www.tikkun.org/article.php?story=winter2011burack .

Burack, C. (2010). Adventures in creation spirituality. Interreligious Insight, 8(2), 62-74.

Burack, C (2009). Becoming an interfaith spiritual director. Interreligious Insight, 7(4), 41-54.

Burack, C. (2009). Reclaiming Jesus: an ecumenical Jewish perspective. Interreligious Insight, 7(1). 70-79.

Burack, C. (2008). Embodying the tree of life: A meditation.” In M. Henry (Ed.), Originally blessed (pp. ). Macksville, Australia: Creation Spirituality Communities Press.

Burack, C (2008). Kabbalah for all people. Interreligious Insight, 6(2), 72-81.

Burack, C. (2007). Overcoming the fear of mixing faiths. Interreligious Insight, 5(3), 19-27.

Burack. C (2007). Embracing the many names of the One. Interreligious Insight, 5(1), 19-25.

Burack, C. (2006). Wrestling with prayer. Interreligious Insight, 4(2), 44-53.

Burack, C. (2005). D. H. Lawrence’s language of sacred experiences: the transfiguration of the reader. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Burack, C. (2005). Speaking silence: Poetry, mysticism, and meditation. Interreligious Insight, 3(3), 8-14.

Burack, C. (2005). Facing the challenges of integral spirituality.” Interreligious Insight 3(1), 55-61.

Burack, C. (2003). Six senses of interfaith spirituality. Interreligious Insight 1(4), 49-54.

Burack, C. (2000). Humanizing globalization: The State of the World Forum 2000.” Tikkun, 15(6), 16-18.

Burack, C. (2000). The religious initiation of the reader in D. H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow. Mosaic, 33(3), 165-182.

Burack, C. (2000). Oneness. Original Blessing (May/June), 9.

Burack, C. (1999). Returning meditation to education. Tikkun, 14(5), 41-46.

Burack, C. (1998). Inner universe. Original Blessing (Nov/Dec).

Burack, C. (1998). Revitalizing the reader: Literary technique and the language of sacred experiences in D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover.” Style, 31(1).

Burack, C. (1997). Cultivating oneness. Tikkun, 12(6), 61-62.

Burack, C. (1997). Mortifying the reader: The attack on verbal and visual consciousness in D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Studies in the Novel, 29(4), 491-511.

Marcus, J, Hans, S. L., Lewow, E, Wilkinson, L, & Burack, C. (1985). Neurologic findings in high-risk children: Childhood assessment and 5-year followup. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 11(1), 85-100.

Marcus, J, Auerbach, J, Wilkinson, L., & Burack, C. (1981). Infants at risk for schizophrenia: The Jerusalem Infant Development Study. Archives of General Psychiatry, 38 (June), 703-713.


Credentials and Accolades

B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1973
M.A., University of Chicago, 1984
M.A., Northwestern University, 1988
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1997


First Prize (first recipient), Songs of the Soul Poetry Contest, International Association of Sufism (2012)

Outstanding Faculty Award (first recipient), College of Undergraduate Studies, John F. Kennedy University (2011-2012)

Annual Wayne Teasdale Memorial Lecture (inaugural presenter), Common Ground Interfaith Center, Deerfield, IL (October 2007)

Faculty Spotlight, St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA, Spring 2006.

New Scholar Award (first recipient), D. H. Lawrence Society of North America (2000-2001)

Graduate English Awards, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1986-88.

Graduate Scholarships, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1980-82