Theodore Burgh

This academic year, University Relations is celebrating five years of We Are UNCW! We have done almost 300 profiles of our outstanding faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. As part of the celebration, we will have a gallery showcase from August 22 through September 22 in the Boseman Gallery, located in Fisher University Union. We couldn't print hundreds of portraits, of course, but we selected 30 photos to include in the gallery showcase – and we have a digital slideshow to highlight the other 200+ portraits! Some of our profilees have graduated, been promoted or retired, or moved, but we are proud to share these snapshots of who they were at the time that these stories made their “We Are UNCW” debut. We hope you enjoy this look back, and we are looking forward to telling all the stories that lie ahead!


April 17, 2018

Associate professor of religion Theodore Burgh is a bit of a Renaissance man. In addition to teaching, he writes fiction, performs music and has a good grasp on a number of languages.

Burgh is motivated by his students’ excitement and is constantly trying to find new ways to encourage them to go further in their work, whether it be pushing themselves in their academic studies or in other pursuits. He also believes that the students and faculty of UNCW are second to none.

“There are really talented, very intelligent students here,” Burgh said. “Students that, in my opinion, could be anywhere in the nation, and possibly the world with their aptitude.”

Burgh, who noted that faculty across campus are involved in “incredible research,” is working on a virtual archeology platform designed to immerse users in the experience of an archaeological dig.

“This platform would enable others to interact virtually with the students, lecturers and professors that are there,” he said. “Users will be able to ask questions in real time, see an excavation from beginning to end and see what takes place without having to travel thousands of miles.”

In addition to his academic pursuits, Burgh is also an accomplished fiction writer. His debut novel, Yes, I Killed Rev. Tremmel, is a murder mystery set in semi-rural Georgia. He is currently working on the sequel.

When he is not on campus or working on other projects, Burgh, an accomplished musician, writes and performs music throughout the Wilmington area. He also continues his education by studying new languages, a skill necessary to his own research.

While Burgh continues to work hard on his intellectual pursuits, he acknowledges that he wouldn’t be where he is today on his own.

“I owe a debt of gratitude to my wife, Ann,” Burgh said. “She constantly supports my endeavors and I wouldn’t be able to do half of the things I do without her.”

-- Matt Stephenson ’20M