Frances M. Burroughs is the Theresa A. and Lawrence C. Salameno Director of Educational Program Development in the Productions, Publications and Learning Ventures division at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Burroughs’ responsibilities include conceiving, creating, and directing K-16 professional development and educational media programs. These outreach education initiatives include the development of HERO, a media library for 4th–8th grade students and their teachers; formulation of civics-related leadership programming; management of a various joint-venture and partnership projects; and oversight of distance learning program production.
Over the past 15 years, instructional video, websites, online interactivity, computer games and teacher resource materials under Burroughs’ oversight have been recognized by a number of organizations, including the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmy awards), the United States Distance Learning Association, Association of Educational Publishers and the American Alliance of Museums (Media and Technology).
Prior to coming to Colonial Williamsburg, Burroughs gained historical research, living history presentation, and museum management skills through her work with the National Park Service, National Capital Region and The Claude Moore Farm. She has a technical, production and distance learning program background from her work at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System’s Continuing Medical Education department.
Burroughs earned a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a bachelor’s degree and Certificate of Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She began her career at Colonial Williamsburg in the Costume Design Center’s research and design department in 1993.