Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Dean of Agriculture & Technology


Doctor of Philosophy Agricultural Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.  December, 1989.


Master of Science Agricultural Engineering, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi.   May, 1985.


Bachelor of Science Agricultural Engineering, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi.  Cum Laude.  August, 1983.


Professional Credentials

Registered Engineer  Registered Professional Engineer.  State of Mississippi License # 14034.

Teaching Specialties

  • Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
  • Operations Research/Management Science
  • Land Surveying
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Agricultural Waste Management
  • Statistics

Research Interests

  • Livestock Waste Management
  • Onsite Wastewater Remediation
  • Pedagogy
  • Spatial Technologies
  • Biofuels
  • Precision Agriculture


  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
  • National Association of College Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)
  • Tennessee Onsite Wastewater Association (TOWA


On July 1st 2013, Dr. Timothy N. Burcham became Dean of the College of Agriculture and Technology at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro.  Prior to this appointment, he served for two years as the Interim Chair of the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences, and Natural Resources and Director of the Center of Excellence in Experiential Learning for the Agricultural Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UT-Martin).

Dr. Burcham was the 3rd holder of the Parker Chair of Excellence at UT-Martin with the primary responsibility of coordinating the online Master of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources program.  He was awarded the UT-Martin Graduate Online Teacher of the Year Award in 2011.


Dr. Burcham earned B.S and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Mississippi State University and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from Clemson University.  Prior to his appointment as Dean at Arkansas State University, he held teaching, research, or extension positions at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Mississippi State University, and The University of Tennessee at Martin.


Dr. Burcham is a registered Professional Engineer and has been involved in consulting activities associated with livestock waste management, onsite wastewater remediation, water quality, biofuels, and computer software design.  He served as President for the Tennessee Onsite Wastewater Association in 2013.  On December 28, 2010, Dr. Burcham was awarded U.S. Patent # 7,857,545 B2 for his Variable Volume Drain Field System, an innovative drain field design for onsite wastewater remediation.


Dr. Burcham and his wife, Joan, have two daughters, Hannah, a graduate of UT-Martin and the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, and Megan, a senior in mechanical engineering at UT-Martin and a member of Chi Omega sorority

Timothy N. Burcham

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-2802


Building: Agriculture
Room: 218