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An Open Letter from University of Nebraska Faculty on Recent Attacks on Our Institution

(The following letter was formally submitted to the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska on December 5th, 2017.)

To the University of Nebraska Community:

We are concerned that at the highest levels of the University of Nebraska system, decisions involving the future of the University are being made without transparency or proper governance and under improper exertions of influence by the legislative and executive branches of the state government. We fear that financial hostage-taking by members of the state government will result in changes by the administration in the intellectual offerings of the University and opportunities for our students. We believe it is imperative to express our alarm now, before irrevocable damage is done to the mission of the university and the value it contributes to the state of Nebraska. We insist that no radical changes be undertaken in the administration, academic programs, allocation of funds, or support for campus initiatives without appropriate faculty governance, transparency, and respect for academic freedom, which are core values of a healthy university.

Members of the state legislature strongly tied to Governor Pete Ricketts, including senators Steve Halloran, Steve Erdman, and Tom Brewer, along with staff of anti-public-education nonprofits affiliated with Governor Ricketts, such as School Choice Lincoln, have leveraged a single campus interaction into a sustained attack on the University that has greatly surpassed the scope and import of the initial incident. These senators have called for an end to tenure, demanded further budget cuts, and have written a letter censuring the mission statement and curriculum of the Department of English. A number of that department’s faculty have since been aggressively targeted by sweeping open records requests made by the Governor’s allies, including a request that they turn over private email addresses and emails between the chair and faculty members who have publicly criticized members of the state government.

Under the pretense that the University is unsafe for conservative students, the Governor and his surrogates are opening the door to ideological intervention at the University from outside entities. Their lack of consistency in protecting and respecting students’ political views, particularly those that diverge from their own, reveals the political nature of this manufactured crisis. In contrast, we reaffirm what has always been our educational mission: helping students to understand a wide variety of ideas and viewpoints through the many classes they take, with the goal of producing informed citizens capable of making thoughtful independent decisions about how best to govern our society. We insist that this mission be respected and that the alarming politicized interventions in the work of the university be condemned and resisted, rather than validated by our administration.

Any ideological interference in university business from members of the state government will be a major blow to the University of Nebraska. It will diminish our reputation among our peer institutions in the Big Ten and have a detrimental impact on our ability to attract and retain world-class faculty, as well as to recruit and retain minoritized and underrepresented students, who will rightly fear that initiatives to welcome them and address their unique needs on campus will be characterized as hostile to the agenda of the overreaching state government.

We, the undersigned, expect our administration to stand for the values of the University of Nebraska, a large community of diverse people with diverse viewpoints, and the most significant institutional asset to the state of Nebraska. We understand this community as being committed to the pursuit of truth (wherever it may lead), to the inherent value of open discussion, and to the fundamental values of democracy and free expression. If the Governor or his surrogates in the legislature interfere with the intellectual freedom of the faculty, one of the state’s most precious resources will be squandered in a political power grab, as the quality of work at our university and the value of a degree from the University of Nebraska will quickly decline. We insist that all levels of the administration respect the governance structures currently in place, and categorically reject political interference in the good work being done at our state’s flagship institution.

1. Dr. Julia Schleck

AAUP Nebraska State Conference President

Associate Professor, Department of English

2. Dr. Stephen Ramsay

Committee A Chair, AAUP University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chapter

Susan J. Rosowski Associate University Professor, Department of English

Fellow, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities

3. Dr. Amanda Gailey

Associate Professor, Department of English

Fellow, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities

4. Prof. Timothy Schaffert

Susan J. Roswoski Associate University Professor, Department of English

Director of Creative Writing

5. Dr. Ari Kohen

Associate Professor of Political Science and Schlesinger Professor of Social Justice

6. Dr. Thomas Lynch

Professor, Department of English

7. Dr. Christina Brantner

Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures

Former Director of Women’s Studies

8. Dr. Peter J. Capuano

Associate Professor of English

Director, Nineteenth-Century Studies Program

9. Dr. Thomas C. Gannon

Associate Professor of English and Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies Academic Advisor

Native American Studies Liaison

10. Dr. Stephen M. Buhler

Aaron Douglas Professor of English

11. Dr. Patrick D. Jones

Associate Professor, Department of History and Institute for Ethnic Studies

Recipient of 2015 James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award

12. Prof. Mo Neal

Associate Professor Emerita

Department of Art and Art History

13. Grace Bauer

Professor, Department of English

14. Dr. John R. Bender

Professor of News-Editorial

College of Journalism and Mass Communications

15. Jeffrey L. Day, AIA

Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Director of the Architecture Program 2012-2017

16. Dr. Melissa J. Homestead

Professor of English

Program Faculty in Women’s & Gender Studies

17. Dr. Frances W. Kaye

Professor, Department of English

18. Dr. John Janovy, Jr.

Professor Emeritus, Biological Sciences

19. Dr. L. Janelle Dance

Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies

Associate Director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies

20. Dr. Gerard S. Harbison

Professor of Chemistry

Former Chair of Academic Planning Committee

21. Dr. Jeannette Eileen Jones

Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies

22. Dr. Emily Kazyak

Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies

23. Dr. Andrea Bolland

Associate Professor, School of Art, Art History & Design

24. Dr. David Moshman

Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology

1997 recipient of James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award

25. Dr. Barbara DiBernard

Emerita, Professor of English and Women’s & Gender Studies

26. Dr. George E. Wolf

Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of English

Recipient of 2002 James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award

27. Dr. Jennifer McKitrick

Professor and Department Chair, Department of Philosophy

28. Dr. Stacey Waite

Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition

29. Dr. Amelia M.L. Montes

Associate Professor, Department of English and Institute for Ethnic Studies

2017/2018 Fulbright Scholar

30. Dr. Kelly Stage

Associate Professor of English

Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

31. Dr. Craig J. Eckhardt

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

32. Dr. Gregory E. Rutledge, Ph.D., J.D./M.A.M.C.

Associate Professor, Dept. of English and Institute for Ethnic Studies

33. Dr. Sitaram Jaswal

Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics & Astronomy

34. Dr. Khalid Sayood

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

35. Dr. Bob Haller

Emeritus Professor of English

Four-time UNL AAUP President

Founding President of the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska

36. Dr. Edmund T. Hamann

Professor, Dept. of Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education

37. Dr. Miles Bryant

Emeritus Professor of Educational Administration

38. Dr. Jack Vespa

Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of English

39. Dr. Paul Olson

Kate Foster Prof. of English emeritus, Department of English

40. Dr. Stephen Hilliard

Professor Emeritus, Department of English

41. Dr. Joy S. Ritchie

Emerita Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies

42. Dr. Alice Kang

Associate Professor of Political Science and Ethnic Studies

43. Dr. Alison G. Stewart

Hixson-Lied Professor of Art History

School of Art, Art History & Design

44. Dr. Guy Trainin

Professor of Education, Department of Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education

45. Dr. Linda Ray Pratt

Professor Emeritus of English

National President, AAUP 1992-94

1994 recipient of James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award

46. Elizabeth Ingraham

Associate Professor, School of Art, Art History, and Design

47. Dr. Thomas M. Carr, Jr.

Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages

48. Dr. Laurie Thomas Lee

Professor, Broadcasting

College of Journalism and Mass Communications

2013 recipient of James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award

49. Dr. Vicki Schlegel

Associate Professor

Department of Food Science and Technology

50. Dr. Michael W. Hoffman

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Former Chair of Academic Planning Committee

51. Dana Fritz

Professor, School of Art, Art History & Design

52. Dr. Sidnie White Crawford

Willa Cather Professor of Classics and Religious Studies

53. Dr. Mike Lippman

Associate Professor of the Practice

Dept. of Classics and Religious Studies

54. Kathleen A. Johnson

Professor of Libraries

55. Sandra Williams

Associate Professor

School of Art, Art History and Design

56. Dr. Bedross Der Matossian

Associate Professor of History

57. Dr. Dave Billesbach

Dept. of Biological Systems Engineering and School of Natural Resources

Fellow, Center for Great Plains Studies

58. Dr. Adrian S. Wisnicki

Associate Professor, Department of English

Faculty Fellow, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities

59. Dr. Peter Dowben

Charles Bessey Professor of Physics

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Center for NanoFerroic Devices

60. Dr. Erica DeFrain

Assistant Professor, University Libraries

61. Dr. John Bailey

Richard H. Larson Distinguished College Professor of Music

62. Dr. Gerard Adams

Associate Professor of Practice, Plant Pathology

63. Dr. Helen Moore

Emerita Professor, Department of Sociology

Past Aaron Douglas Professor of Teaching Excellence

64. Dr. David M. Harwood

Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

65. Dr. Edward F. Becker

Professor of Philosophy

66. Dr. Joy Castro

Professor of English & Ethnic Studies

67. Dr. Catherine Chia

Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences

68. Dr. Robert F. Diffendal, Jr.

Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska

Past President, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Faculty Senate

Past President, Nebraska State Conference of the American Association of University Professors

69. Dr. Robert Brooke

John E. Weaver Professor of English

70. Dr. Charles J. Ansorge

Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology

71. Dr. Drew Tyre

Professor, School of Natural Resources

72. Dr. Lisa A. Kort-Butler

Associate Professor of Sociology

73. Dr. Matt Fritz

Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology

74. Dr. Kwakiutl L. Dreher

Associate Professor

English and Ethnic Studies

75. Dr. Duane F. Shell

Research Professor of Educational Psychology

76. Dr. Virginia Chaidez

Assistant Professor

Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences

77. Dr. Rachel Azima

Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of English

Director, UNL Writing Center

78. Dr. Deana Liddy, Professor Emeritus

Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Past President, Nebraska State Conference of the American Association of University Professors

79. Dr. Anthony J. Zera

Kate Foster Professor

School of Biological Sciences

80. Dr. Eileen Hebets

Professor, School of Biological Sciences

81. Dr. Jay Storz

Susan J. Rosowski University Professor

School of Biological Sciences

82. Dr. Richard K. Sutton

Professor, Agronomy and Horticulture and the Program in Landscape Architecture

83. Dr. Rosemary Strasser

University of Nebraska Omaha

Area Coordinator for Neuroscience & Behavior

84. Dr. Roni Reiter-Palmon

Varner Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology

University of Nebraska Omaha

85. Karsten Koehler

Assistant Professor

Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences

86. Dr. Sarah L. Thomas

Assistant Professor of Practice

Secondary English Education

Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

87. Dr. Roy Koepp

Assistant Professor of Modern German and European History

University of Nebraska at Kearney

88. Sue Ann Gardner

Professor, University Libraries

89. Dr. Scott L. Gardner

Professor, School of Biological Sciences

90. David A Woodman

Professor of Practice, School of Biological Sciences

Past President, UNL Faculty Senate

91. Dr. Simon Wood

Department of Classics and Religious Studies

92. Dr. Glenn Tracy, Ed. D.

Associate Professor, College of Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

93. Dr. Adam Houston

Associate Professor

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

94. Prof. Alisa Belflower

Coordinator of Musical Theatre Studies

Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

95. Dr. William Aviles

Professor, Department of Political Science

University of Nebraska at Kearney

96. Dan May

Professor of Art

Art and Design Department

Visual Communications Design

University of Nebraska-Kearney

97. Dr. Elliot A. Tebbe

Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology

Department of Educational Psychology

98. Anthony Hawley

Lecturer

School of Art, Art History and Design

99. Dr. Tom Winter

Retired Associate Professor, Classics and Religious Studies

100. Dr. Joseph Mendola

Professor of Philosophy

101. Sarah Effken Purcell

President, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Faculty Senate

Nebraska Extension Educator

102. Dr. Jay A. Irwin

Associate Professor of Sociology/UNO

Past President UNO AAUP

103. Dr. Kevin Hanrahan

Associate Professor of Voice & Vocal Pedagogy

Glenn Korff School of Music

104. Lisa Sandlin

Writer’s Workshop, University of Nebraska Omaha

105. Dr. Heather Hallen-Adams

Assistant Professor of Practice

Food Science and Technology

106. Dr. Tricia Gray, Lecturer

Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education

107. Dr. Etsuko Moriyama

Professor, School of Biological Sciences & Center for Plant Science Innovation

108. Dr. Carolyn Barber, DM

Ron & Carol Cope Professor of Music, Director of Bands

Glenn Korff School of Music

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

109. Dr. Hendrik Van den Berg

Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics

110. Dr. Kenneth M. Price

Hillegass University Professor of American Literature

Co-Director of the Walt Whitman Archive

Co-Director of the Center for Digital Research in Humanities

111. Scott Anderson, D.M.A.

Hixson-Lied Professor of Trombone

Glenn Korff School of Music

112. Dr. William Wagner

Professor, School of Biological Sciences

113. Dr. Mark Walker

Willa Cather Professor of Mathematics

114. Dr. Richard E Goodman, PhD FAAAAI

Research Professor

Food Allergy Research and Resource Program

Dept. of Food Science & Technology

115. Dr. Brigitte Tenhumberg

Professor, School of Biological Sciences

and Department of Mathematics

116. Dr. Mark Wilson

Associate Professor

Department of Biochemistry

117. Kay Logan-Peters

Professor, University Libraries

118. Dr. John Gruhl

Professor of Political Science

119. Dr. Hans Sturm

Professor, Glenn Korff School of Music

120. Dr. Sathish Kumar Natarajan

Assistant Professor

Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences

121. Dr. Pamela F. Starr

Professor of Music History

Glenn Korff School of Music

122. Dr. Luwen Zhang

Professor of Biological Sciences

Nebraska Center for Virology

123. Dr. Guy Reynolds

Professor of English

Director of the Cather Project

124. Dr. Tim Arkebauer

Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture

School of Natural Resources

125. Dr. Charles Francis

Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture

126. Dr. Zoya Avramova

Professor of Biology, School of Biological Sciences

127. Dr. Rhae A. Drijber

Professor, Soil Microbial Ecology

Department of Agronomy & Horticulture

128. Dr. Sylvia Wiegand

Professor Emerita

Department of Mathematics

129. Dr. Dawne Y. Curry

Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies

2017-2018 Fulbright Scholar

130. Dr. Mark Griep

Associate Professor of Chemistry

131. Dr. John Meakin

Milton Mohr Professor Emeritus

Department of Mathematics

132. Dr. Matt Cohen

Associate Professor of English

Fellow, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities

133. Dr. Luchezar Avramov

Professor and Dale M. Jensen Chair of Mathematics

134. Dr. Glenn Ledder

Professor of Mathematics

135. Dr. John Paul DeLong

Associate Professor

School of Biological Sciences

136. Dr. Shari Stenberg

Professor of English

137. Dr. Charles Riedesel

Assistant Professor of Practice

Chief Undergraduate Advisor for Computer Science & Engineering

138. Dr. Ellen T. Paparozzi

Plantologist and Professor of Horticulture

Department of Agronomy and Horticulture

139. Dr. Christina Falci

Associate Professor of Sociology

140. Dr. William V. Glider

Professor of Practice

School of Biological Sciences

141. Dr. Kyungyong Lee

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

142. Dr. Richard Rebarber

Professor, Department of Mathematics

143. Dr. Karen Becker

Professor of Cello

Glenn Korff School of Music

144. Dr. Sharad Seth

Professor Emeritus

Computer Science and Engineering

145. Dr. Roger Wiegand

Willa Cather Professor Emeritus

Department of Mathematics

146. Dr. Marilyne Stains

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

147. Dr. Mathias Schubert

J.A. Woollam Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Past President, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Faculty Senate

148. Dr. Petronela Radu

Olson Associate Professor of Mathematics

149. Dr. David Hall

Assistant Professor

Glenn Korff School of Music

150. Dr. Deborah Minter

Associate Professor of English

151. Dr. Shannon Bartelt-Hunt

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering

152. Prof. Peggy Jones, M.F.A.

Associate Professor, Department of Black Studies

Associate Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, University of Nebraska at Omaha

153. Dr. Berthe Y. Choueiry

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

154. Tom Larson

Assistant Professor of Composition

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Glenn Korff School of Music

155. Dr. Jolene D. Smyth

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Director, Bureau of Sociological Research

156. Dr. Julie A. Tippens

Assistant Professor of Child, Youth and Family Studies.

157. Dr. Bridget J. Goosby

Happold Associate Professor of Sociology

Graduate Chair

158. Dr. Cynthia Willis-Esqueda

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

Ethnic Studies

159. Dr. Sandra Starkey

Assistant Professor, Apparel Design and Product Development

Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design

160. Dr. Kara Mitchell Viesca

Assistant Professor

Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

161. Dr. Cliff Stains

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

162. Dr. Anthony Bushard

Associate Professor of Music History

Glenn Korff School of Music

163. Dr. Leon G. Higley

Professor of Applied Ecology

School of Natural Resources

164. Dr. Larkin Powell

Director of Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit and

Applied Ecology Mission Area Leader

School of Natural Resources

165. Dr. Kristi Montooth

Associate Professor

School of Biological Sciences

166. Junke Guo

Associate Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

167. Dr. Reina Hayaki

Associate Professor of Philosophy

168. Joan M. Barnes

Associate Professor of Practice, University Libraries

169. Natalie M Baskin

Lecturer, Programs in English as a Second Language

170. Dr. Matthias Fuchs

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

171. Dr. Andrew Jewell

Professor, University Libraries

Editor, Willa Cather Archive

172. Dr. Janos Zempleni

Willa Cather Professor of Molecular Nutrition

Director of the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules

Director of the Nebraska Gateway to Nutrigenomics

Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences

173. Dr. Theresa Catalano

Associate Professor

Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

174. Dr. Wendy Smith

Research Associate Professor

Associate Director, Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education

175. Dr. Michael Hoff

Hixson-Lied Professor of Art History

176. Dr. Kari Ronning

Research Associate Professor of English

177. Dr. Robert F. Belli

Professor of Psychology

178. Dr. Elizabeth Lorang

Associate Professor, University Libraries

Fellow, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities

179. Dr. Rachel Goodman

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

180. Dr. Brian Bornstein

Professor of Psychology and Courtesy Professor of Law

181. Dr. Philip Schwadel

Professor of Sociology

182. Dr. Jane B. Miller

Lecturer, Program in English as a Second Language

183. Dr. Judy Diamond

Professor & Curator

University of Nebraska State Museum

184. Dr. Ann Mari May

Professor, Department of Economics

185. Dr. Ned S. Hedges

Professor of English Emeritus

Former Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Recipient of James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award, 1992

186. Dr. Thomas Powers

Professor, Department of Plant Pathology

187. Dr. Jamie Reimer

Associate Professor of Voice

Glenn Korff School of Music

188. Nathan Krug

Associate Professor Emeritus

College of Architecture

189. Dr. Richard K Perrin

Jim Roberts Professor of Agricultural Economics

190. Lorna Bracewell

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

University of Nebraska Kearney

191. Dr. Susan M. Swearer

Willa Cather Professor of Educational Psychology

School Psychology Program

192. Dr. David Wishart

Professor, Program in Geography

193. Dr. Brent D Cejda

Professor, Department of Educational Administration

194. Dr. Corey Rumann

Assistant Professor of Practice

Department of Educational Administration

195. Dr. Paul Snyder

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

196. Dr. Fernando A. Osorio

Professor, Nebraska Center for Virology & School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

197. Dr. Eric Buhs

Associate Professor in Development and Learning Sciences

Department of Educational Psychology

198. Dr. Gary E. Pickard

Professor of Neuroscience

School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

199. Dr. Yan Ruth Xia

Professor

Child, Youth and Family Studies

200. Dr. William H Velander

Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

201. Dr. Gretchen Foley

Associate Professor

Glenn Korff School of Music

202. Dr. Mary K. Bolin

Professor, University Libraries

203. John D Andrews, M.Ed.

Lecturer, Programs in English as a Second Language

204. Dr. Kathleen Rudasill

Susan J. Rosowski Professor of Educational Psychology

205. Dr. Charles S. Wortmann

Professor of Agronomy

206. Dr. Philip Sapirstein

Assistant Professor, School of Art, Art History & Design

Fellow, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities

207. Dr. Robert Darcy

Associate Professor

Department of English

University of Nebraska at Omaha

208. Dr. David Henderson

Robert R. Chambers Professor of Philosophy

209. Dr. Ken Nickerson

Professor Biological Sciences

Past Faculty Senate President

210. Dr. Simanti Banerjee

Assistant Professor, Agricultural Economics

211. Dr. Wes Peterson

Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics

212. Dr. Jeff G Hart

Faculty Educator, Special Projects

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension

213. Dr. Nancy Mitchell

Professor of Advertising & Public Relations

College of Journalism and Mass Communications

214. Jessica G. Jones

Associate Extension Educator

Nebraska Extension

215. Jeanetta Drueke

Professor, University Libraries

216. Dr. John D. Turner

Charles J. Mach University Professor of Classics and History

Cotner College Professor of Religious Studies

217. Dr. M. Meghan Davidson

Associate Editor, Journal of Counseling Psychology

Associate Professor and Licensed Psychologist

Director of Training, Counseling Psychology Program

218. Dr. Neeta Kantamneni

Associate Professor

Counseling Psychology Program

Department of Educational Psychology

219. Dr. James Gentry

Professor, Department of Marketing

220. Dr. David B. Loope

Professor and Schultz Chair of Stratigraphy

Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

221. Dr. William McMullen

Professor of Oboe

Glenn Korff School of Music

222. Dr. Jamie Loizzo

Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication

223. Dr. Alan B. Bond

Professor Emeritus

School of Biological Sciences

224. Dr. John R. Snowden

Professor Emeritus, College of Law

225. Dr. John Brunero

Robert R. Chambers Professor of Philosophy

226. Dr. Douglas L. Paterson

Professor of Theatre, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Former President of the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska

227. Dr. Patricia Wonch Hill

Research Assistant Professor
Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium

228. Dr. Rachel E. Schachter

Assistant Professor

Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies

229. Eric Unrau

Lecturer

Child, Youth & Family Studies

Ruth Staples Child Development Lab

230. Dr. Michael D. Hanus

Assistant Professor of Advertising & Public Relations

College of Journalism and Mass Communications

231. Dr. James R. Steadman

Professor & Head, Plant Pathology

Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources

232. Dr. Claire Nicholas

Assistant Professor, Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design

233. Dr. Jordan Stump

Willa Cather Professor of French

Department of Modern Languages

234. Dr. Amy N. Spiegel

Research Associate Professor

Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium

235. Dr. Isabel Velázquez
Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

236. Dr. Alan Christensen

Professor, School of Biological Sciences

237. Melissa Fenton

Extension Educator, Click2SciencePD

238. Dr. Nancy L. Roll

Lecturer, Department of Anthropology

239. Dr. Brett Barney

Research Associate Professor

Center for Digital Research in the Humanities

240. Dr. Jacob E. Cheadle

Associate Happold Professor of Sociology

241. Dr. Jeffrey Royer

Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics

242. Dr. Jordan Soliz

Associate Professor

Department of Communication Studies

243. Dr. Eva Schubert

Associate Professor

Department for Electrical and Computer Engineering

244. Dr. Paul Royster

Coordinator of Scholarly Communications

UNL Libraries

245. Dr Pat Dussault

Charles Bessey Professor of Chemistry

246. Dr. Rose Holz

Associate Professor of Practice

Associate Director, Women’s & Gender Studies

Director, Humanities in Medicine

247. Dr. Hasan Otu

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

248. Dr. Fred Choobineh

Blackman Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Past President of Faculty Senate

249. Dr. Marjorie Langell

Charles Bessey Professor of Chemistry

250. Dr. Scott F Stoltenberg

Associate Professor of Psychology

Center for Brain, Biology & Behavior

251. Dr. Stephen C. Behrendt

University Professor and George Holmes

Distinguished Professor of English

252. Valerie K. Jones

Assistant Professor of Advertising & Public Relations

College of Journalism and Mass Communications

253. Dr. Kirill Belashchenko

Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

254. Dr, Alan T. Seagren

Professor Emeritus of Educational Administration UNL

Vice President for Administration Emeritus UN System

255. Dr. Andrew R. White

Professor of Voice and Diction

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

256. Dr. Hamid Vakilzadian

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Member of Faculty Senate Executive Committee

257. Dr. Toni Hill

Associate Professor, Family Studies

Program Director, Early Childhood and Family Advocacy (ECFA)

University of Nebraska at Kearney

258. Dr. Sheri Fritz

George Holmes University Professor

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

259. Brian Pytlik Zillig

Professor, University Libraries

Fellow, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities

260. Dr. William Wozniak

Professor of Psychology

University of Nebraska at Kearney

261. Dr. Anita Breckbill

Professor, University Libraries

Head, Music Library

262. Dr. Tice L. Miller

Professor Emeritus, Johnny Carson School

Past President of the Academic Senate

263. Dr. Jessica Coope

Associate Professor of History

264. Sabine Zempleni

Lecturer, Dept of Nutrition and Health Science

265. Dr. Bill Pratt

Professor Emeritus of History

University of Nebraska at Omaha

266. Dr. Nicole Buan

Associate Professor

Department of Biochemistry

267. Dr. Mohamed Dahab

Professor of Civil/Environmental Engineering

268. Dr. Richard T. Clark

Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Economics

269. Prof. Phyllis Larsen

College of Journalism and Mass Communications

270. Connie Hancock

Nebraska Extension Educator

271. Dr. Alex Zupan

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

272. Dr. Nicole Gray

Research Assistant Professor, Department of English

273. Hyeyung Yoon

Research Associate Professor and Artist-in-Residence

Glenn Korff School of Music

274. Dr. Elizabeth B. Lewis

Associate Professor, Science Education

Coordinator, Master of Arts with emphasis in science teaching (MAst) program

275. Catherine Fraser Riehle

Associate Professor, University Libraries

276. Dr. Lauren Gatti

Assistant Professor

Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

277. Donna Harler Smith

Professor of Music

Glenn Korff School of Music

278. Dr. Allison M. J. Reisbig

Associate Professor

Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies

279. Joe Starita

Pike Professor of Journalism

College of Journalism and Mass Communications

280. Dr. Robert M. Hunt, Jr.

Professor Emeritus

Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

281. Joan Latta Konecky

Associate Professor

University Libraries

282. Darin Himmerich

Assistant Professor of Theatre

University of Nebraska – Kearney

283. Virginia Smith

Professor Theatre Arts

Johnny Carson School of Theatre ∧ Film

284. Sue Burzynski Bullard

Associate Professor

College of Journalism and Mass Communications

285. Dr. Carolyn Brown-Kramer

Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Psychology

286. Dr. Teshome Regassa

Research Assistant Professor

Daugherty Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow

Agronomy & Horticulture

287. Dr. Stephanie L. Mitchell

Writing Specialist and English Instructor

TRIO Programs and Student Support Services

288. Brandy VanDeWalle

Extension Educator

Fillmore/Clay Counties

289. Jennifer Nixon

Nebraska Extension Educator

Community Vitality Initiative

290. Dr. David Pitts, Professor

Department of Mathematics

291. Dr. Chris Fielding

Professor, Coffman Chair in Sedimentary Geology

Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

292. Dr. Sheri L. Hurlbut

Lecturer, Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

Director of Global Online Language Distance Education Network

293. Dr. Gina Matkin

Associate Professor

Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communication

294. Santiago Cal

Associate Professor

School of Art, Art History and Design

295. Dr. Gary D Lynne

Emeritus Professor

Department of Agricultural Economics

296. Dr. Patrick J. Shea

Professor, School of Natural Resources

Faculty Fellow, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute

UNL Senator and former Academic Planning Committee member

297. Dr. Glenn Ledder

Prof. of Mathematics

298. Rebecca Fischer

Violinist, Chiara Quartet

299. Shelley Fuller

Associate Professor, Emerita

Department of Art & Art History

300. Hilda Raz

Professor of English, Emerita

301. Dr. Ashraf Aly Hassan

Research Assistant Professor

Civil Engineering

302. Dr. Tracy Frank

Professor and Chair

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

303. Randall D. Peters, P.E.

Associate Professor of Practice

Department of Civil Engineering

304. Dr. Mark D Svoboda

Director, Research Associate Professor

National Drought Mitigation Center

School of Natural Resources

305. Dr. Kathy S. Chiou

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

306. Dr. Karina Schoengold

Associate Professor

Department of Agricultural Economics and School of Natural Resources

307. Dr. Karl Reinhard

Professor and Fulbright Scholar

School of Natural Resources

308. Dr. Katherine Nashleanas

Geography Program

Faculty ACE Coordinator

Fellow, Center for Great Plains Studies

Geographic Educators of Nebraska Task Force

309. Dr. Bruce Dvorak

Professor of Civil Engineering and Biological Systems Engineering

310. Dr. Rhonda Garelick

Professor of English

311. Dr. Michelle Krehbiel, CFLE

Youth Development Specialist

Associate Professor

4-H Youth Development

312. Dr. Georgia Jones

Associate Professor & Extension Food Specialist

Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences

313. Dr. Hamid Sharif

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

314. Dr. Joshua R. Herr

Assistant Professor

Department of Plant Pathology

The Center for Plant Science Innovation

315. Dr. Angela K. Pannier

Associate Professor and Biomedical Engineer

William E. Brooks Engineering Leadership Fellow

Department of Biological Systems Engineering

Student Aid Alliance

The AAUP is one of seventy-five educational organizations that comprise the Student Aid Alliance, a group working to expand students’ access to higher education through increasing the opportunities for students to gain meaningful financial assistance toward the costs of higher education.

Visit the Student Aid Alliance page to find out more about lobbying to expand financial aid opportunities through legislative lobbying, media relations, and educating the public in the necessity of meaningful financial aid for students: Student Aid Alliance.

LB 397 and Amendment 1116

Currently before the unicameral are LB 397 with pending amendment 1116, which seek to reduce public employees’ collective bargaining rights. Read UNO AAUP’s response, and contact your senator to voice your opinion.

The proposed legislation would eliminate the Special Master process used in establishing salaries and benefits. The UNO chapter of AAUP strongly supports the maintenance of the Special Master process as a mechanism that is fair, efficient, and effective in resolving disputes.

Contact Congress about the “Keep Our Educators Working Act”

Congress is working on the Supplemental Appropriations bill. One item under discussion is the “Keep Our Educators Working Act.” While this act targets many necessary areas (K-12 education, Pell Grants), it does not have any provisions to stop layoffs in higher education.

You can find out more about the Act as proposed, and get some talking points about proposed changes, on the Government Relations section of the website of the national AAUP.

To get contact information for your member of Congress, you can look it up on the federal government’s information website.

National AAUP FAQ on Financial Crisis

The National AAUP has put together a document to address Frequently Asked Questions as campuses face difficult decisions in the face of financial uncertainty. It is important for faculty to have a meaningful role in making budgetary decisions that will affect their ability to provide a good education to their students and to expand disciplinary knowledge through their research.

LB 1001: proposal to repeal in state tuition for undocumented students

LB 1001, would repeal the provisions passed in 2006 that allow students who graduate from Nebraska high schools to pay in-state tuition at universities in Nebraska, regardless of their citizenship or residency status.

The bill will be heard by the Education Committee of the unicameral at 1:30 pm. on Monday, February 1, 2010 (room 1525). The Education Committee is:

Click on any name to e-mail the Senator your comments.