As associate dean for External Affairs, Dr. Otto Burianek leads workforce development initiatives within the college and creates strategic partnerships with external partners to further academic opportunities and student learning.
Burianek is a professor of history, who earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Davidson College and a master’s and doctorate at Emory University. While on a Fulbright fellowship in Germany, he researched the role of the military in refugee relief.
He began teaching history full time at Perimeter College (then known as Georgia Perimeter College) in 2004. In 2008, he started serving as an administrator in the Department of Social Sciences in Perimeter’s growing online program. In 2014 when the department was split, he chaired the new online Department of History and Political Science. After the consolidation of Perimeter with Georgia State University, Burianek was named chair of the Department of History and Political Science for Perimeter College. In 2018 he became associate dean of Social Sciences and was assigned to oversee the Alpharetta Campus.
Burianek has worked to foster a friendly climate in Perimeter’s diverse community of faculty, staff and students. He is reaching out to tech companies, including those in Alpharetta’s thriving technology community, and exploring ways Perimeter students pursuing pathways in the liberal arts can prepare themselves for careers in the new technology-centered working world.