Fellows/Faculty Fellows/

Amanda Witte

December 13, 2017
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Faculty Fellow | Project Manager | Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools University of Nebraska–Lincoln  
Faculty Fellow | Project Manager | Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

 


 

Dr. Witte is the project manager for Learning Frontiers: PreK to Grade 3, a study investigating factors that promote early learning as well as the principal investigator on a pilot project for family-school partnership intervention training for rural educators. She is a key team member at the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools and has contributed to publications and presentations to promote understanding of the benefits of family-school partnerships. Dr. Witte delivers workshops on family-school partnerships to educators and service providers across North America and has led teams conducting large-scale educational research in communities across three states. She has collaborated with approximately 65 school districts to create mutually beneficial research partnerships.

awitte2@unl.edu

Expertise

  • Education Psychology
  • Rural Education
  • Family-school partnerships
  • Education Research

Credentials

  • Doctorate, education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Research Interests

  • Rural education
  • Rural family-school partnerships
  • Rural educator skills development

Publications

  • Holmes, S., Witte, A. L., & Sheridan, S. M. (in press). Conjoint behavioral consultation in rural schools. In K. Michael & J. P. Jameson (Eds.), Handbook on rural school mental health. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Sheridan, S. M., Kunz, G. M., Holmes, S., & Witte, A. (2017). Family–school partnerships in rural communities: Benefits, exemplars, and future research. In G. C. Nugent, G. M. Kunz, S. M. Sheridan, T. A. Glover, & L. L. Knoche (Eds.), Rural education research: State of the science and emerging directions (pp. 269–289). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Sheridan, S. M., Witte, A. L., Holmes, S. R., Coutts, M. J., Dent, A. L., Kunz, G. M., & Wu, C. (2017). A randomized trial examining the effects of conjoint behavioral consultation in rural schools: Student outcomes and the mediating role of the teacher–parent relationship. Journal of School Psychology, 61, 33–53.
  • ‘Prodigies of the Prairie’ offers tips on raising talented kids, by Leslie Reed
  • Studying Educational Effectiveness in Rural Settings: A Guide for Researchers

Grants

  • Principal Investigator. “Collaborative capacity building in rural Nebraska schools via technology: Teachers and parents as partners.” Rural Futures Institute. Grant Total: $49,986
  • Project Manager. “Early Learning Contexts in Rural and Urban Nebraska.” U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Principal Investigator: Susan M. Sheridan. Grant Total: $4,499,878 for five years.
  • Project Manager. “A Randomized Trial of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation (CBC) in Rural Educational Settings: Efficacy for Elementary Students with Disruptive Behavior.” U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences. Principal Investigator: Susan M. Sheridan. Grant Total: $2,999,994 for four years.

Awards

  • Recipient of $400 travel grant from the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Graduate Studies graduate student poster competition: The Impact of Parent–Teacher Relationships on Student Behavior During Intervention and One Year Later (Witte & Sheridan, 2014)
  • Recipient of the first place prize in the 2013 Rural Futures Conference graduate student poster competition: The Impact of Teacher Motivation for Intervention on Rural Student Behavioral Outcomes (Witte, Holmes, Coutts, & Sheridan, 2013)
  • Recipient of the 2012 Best Article of the Year Award from the National Association of School Psychologists/School Psychology Review: “A Randomized Trial Examining the Effects of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation and the Mediating Role of the Parent-Teacher Relationship” (Sheridan, Bovaird, Glover, Garbacz, Witte, & Kwon, 2012)

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Kim Wilson

December 13, 2017
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Faculty Fellow | Professor | College of Architecture University of Nebraska–Lincoln  
Faculty Fellow | Professor | College of Architecture

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

 


Professor Kim Wilson has been a member of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Architecture faculty since 2009. Wilson also has appointments in Nebraska Extension and as the Director of the Landscape Architecture Program. She previously was at Purdue University in the College of Agriculture where she taught community planning and design, and urban design studies, as well as landscape representation using technology. Kim’s applied hands-on teaching and research in the work of community design has helped several NE rural communities envision a better future. Her leadership with University outreach and planning is paving the way for more faculty to be involved in applied research.

Wilson has earned 15 teaching awards, conducted more than 65 community-based service-learning projects and received more than $1.6 million in internal and external funding to support engagement through her teaching and research initiatives.

Prior to joining academia, Wilson practiced for more than 25 years for nationally and internationally recognized firms including Sasaki Associates, JJR-Smith Group and Pollack Design Associates where her work received five national design awards. Her current area of emphasis focuses on institutionalizing engagement at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

kwilson4@unl.edu

Credentials

  • Bachelor’s degree, landscape architecture, Penn State University
  • Master’s degree, landscape architecture, University of Michigan

 

Expertise

  • Landscape Architecture

 

Grants

  • CEEM Project: a new Community Engagement Educational Model, Rural Futures Institute Teaching and Engagement Grant – Funded 2016-18AY, $13,000
  • Rural Community Prosperity Research Project , Rural Futures Institute Research and Engagement Proposal 2016 – Funded 2016-2018, $100,000

 

Leadership Roles

  • ASLA Great Plains Chapter, Executive Committee
  • Juror for 2017 National Olmsted Scholars

Publications

  • Wilson, K. and Curtis, S. October 2010. Service-Learning at Purdue University: A Five-Year Assessment: Faculty and Student Grant Programs. Purdue University Press.
  • Wilson, K. L. and Jurich, J. 2008. A longitudinal exploration of reciprocity: the role of commitment in sustaining a successful service-learning course in Ecuador. CELA Proceedings, Tempe, AZ.
  • Landscape Architecture Students Help National Park Service Prepare for Solar Eclipse

  • Energy Modeling in Architectural Design TL Hemsath, KA Bandhosseini – 2017
  • Conserving the Dust Bowl: The New Deal’s Prairie States Forestry Project ST Karle, D Karle – 2017

 

Awards

  • Elected to Book of Great Teachers, Purdue University
  • Brian Douglas Hiltunen Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Scholarship of Engagement, Indiana Campus Compact

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Eric Thompson, Ph.D.

December 13, 2017
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Faculty Fellow | Associate Professor, Economics | Director of the Bureau of Business Research College of Business Administration University of Nebraska-Lincoln  
Faculty Fellow | Associate Professor, Economics | Director of the Bureau of Business Research College of Business Administration

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 


 

Eric Thompson’s research on the Midwest and national economy examines competitive factors affecting state and local economic growth, the role of agriculture in the economy, and the economics of infrastructure. Thompson holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is a former president of the Association for University Business and Economic Research. He directs the widely known UNL BBR, teaches graduate level courses, and conducts rural economic research all at the same time. His monthly BBR podcasts and research blogs are keenly watched by rural development practitioners and investors throughout Nebraska.

ethompson2@unl.edu

Credentials

  • Doctorate, Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Publications

Expertise

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Rural Community Development
  • State Economic Development

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Jessica Shoemaker, J.D.

December 13, 2017
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Faculty Fellow | Associate Professor | College of Law University of Nebraska-Lincoln  
Faculty Fellow | Associate Professor | College of Law

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 


 

Jessica graduated first in her class from the University of Wisconsin Law School and then served as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She was awarded a prestigious Skadden Fellowship and spent two years at a national non-profit law firm devoted to advocacy around systemic legal issues affecting farmers and rural communities. She then spent five years at an international law firm in Denver, working in nearly every phase of dispute resolution in many different courts. She is a law professor with passion for rural issues as noted by recent placement on the Center for Great Plains Fellows Board of Directors.

jshoemaker@unl.edu

Expertise

  • Property law
  • Land use law
  • Federal Indian law
  • Energy law
  • Agricultural law

Credentials

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Wisconsin

Awards

  • Governor and Fellow, Center for Great Plains Studies

Grants

  • Maximizing the Impact of Games as Effective Participative Tools: The Rufopoly Resource Kit, Economic Social Resource Council (United Kingdom), Knowledge Exchange Opportunities Grant No. ES/M006522/1 (2014 – 2016)

Publications

  • Invited Essay: Pipelines, Protest, and Property. JA Shoemaker. Great Plains Research 27 (2), 69-81. (2017).
  • Complexity’s Shadow: American Indian Property, Sovereignty, and the Future, 114 MICH. L. REV. — (2017).
  • Emulsified Property, 43 PEPP. L. REV. 945 (2016).
  • No Sticks in My Bundle: Rethinking the Indian Land Tenure Problem, 63 U. KAN. L. REV. 383 (2015).

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Kyle Ryan, Ph.D.

December 13, 2017
Peru State College
Faculty Fellow | Professor of Kinesology | Creator and co-director of the Children’s Health, Activity & Nutrition Community Engagement (CHANCE) Initiative Peru State College  
Faculty Fellow | Professor of Kinesology | Creator and co-director of the Children’s Health, Activity & Nutrition Community Engagement (CHANCE) Initiative

Peru State College

 


 

A strong advocate and forerunner in the practice of service-learning and public scholarship, Dr. Ryan has been the recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Scholarship from Nebraska Campus Compact, the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award from Peru State College, a Year Nine Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar, the 2013 Outstanding Community and Campus Collaboration Award from Heartland Campus Compact, and the 2012 Professional Health Educator Award from the Nebraska Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Dr. Ryan is also a proud member of the Kimmel Foundation Board of Directors and active in Nebraska City Rotary.

kryan@peru.edu

Research Interests

  • Rural pediatric obesity prevention and intervention
  • Rural community mobilization
  • Implementing high-impact practices into higher education through mentoring

Publications

Grants

  • AmeriCorps Planning Grant ServeNebraska. The Children’s Health, Activity & Nutrition Community Engagement (CHANCE) Initiative
  • Rural Futures Institute Teaching & Engagement Grant. Principles of Community Engagement in Public Health: Service Learning, Community-based Participatory Research, Leadership, and Civic Engagement
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska Wellness Grants. The Children’s Health, Activity, & Nutrition Community Engagement (CHANCE) Initiative

Awards

  • Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Scholarship, Nebraska Campus Compact
  • Excellence in Teaching, Peru State College
  • Outstanding Community and Campus Collaboration Award, Nebraska Campus Compact

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Athena Ramos, Ph.D.

December 12, 2017
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Faculty Fellow | Community Health Program Manager | College of Public Health University of Nebraska Medical Center | Center for Reducing Health Disparities  
Faculty Fellow | Community Health Program Manager | College of Public Health

University of Nebraska Medical Center | Center for Reducing Health Disparities

 


 

Athena Ramos serves as principal investigator for a number of community-based health research and education initiatives at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and leads a Latino outreach and engagement team. She continuously strives to bring a sense of hope and vitality to the work that she does. Athena is completed a Ph.D. in International Family and Community Studies at Clemson University. She serves on numerous boards including South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, Fontenelle Forest and the Justice for Our Neighbors-Nebraska Advisory Council.

aramos@unmc.edu

Credentials

  • Ph.D. in International Family and Community Studies from Clemson University
  • Master’s degree in business administration
  • Master’s degree in urban studies focused on community development
  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Research Interests

  • Occupational safety, health and wellness among immigrant and migrant farmworkers
  • Immigrant integration
  • Community development
  • Health disparities
  • Healthy public spaces, recreation areas and parks
  • Community engagement

Expertise

  • Community Engagement
  • Community Development
  • Latinos
  • Public Health

Grants

  • NIOSH, U54 OH010162-06 (immigrant farmworker health and safety)
  • NE DHHS-Region VI Behavioral Health Administration, MOTAC (tobacco prevention and control)
  • University of Nebraska, Rural Futures Institute Teaching & Engagement grant (immigrant integration in rural communities)

Publications

  • Ramos, A.K. (2016). Welcoming immigrants: An opportunity to strengthen rural communities. Journal of Extension, 54(3). http://www.joe.org/joe/2016june/comm1.php.
  • Ramos, A.K., Carlo, G., Grant, K.M., Trinidad, N., & Correa, A. (2016). Stress, depression, and occupational injury among migrant farmworkers in Nebraska. Safety, 2(4), 23. DOI:10.3390/safety2040023
  • Ramos, A.K., Fuentes, A., and Trinidad, N. (2016). Perception of occupational risks, personal protective equipment (PPE) use, and prevention opportunities among Latino immigrant hog CAFO workers in Missouri. Safety, 2(4), 25. DOI:10.3390/safety2040025

Awards

  • UNMC Gold “U” (2014)
  • Midlands Business Journal: 40 Under 40 Award (2009)
  • Ten Outstanding Young Omahans (TOYO) (2006)

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Bradley Lubben, Ph.D.

November 22, 2017
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Faculty Fellow | Policy Specialist | Director of the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center Department of Agricultural Economics | University of Nebraska-Lincoln  
Faculty Fellow | Policy Specialist | Director of the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center

Department of Agricultural Economics | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 


 

Brad Lubben has more than 24 years of experience in teaching, research and extension, focusing on agricultural policy and agricultural economics and working in Illinois, Kansas and Nebraska. Brad grew up on a grain and livestock farm near Burr, southeast of Lincoln. Brad has extensive experience in teaching, research, and outreach through extension with specific expertise in rural ag-policy and in the UNL ag-econ department.

blubben2@unl.edu

Credentials

  • Bachelor’s degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Master’s degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Doctorate degree, Kansas State University

 

Grants

  • Lubben. B.D. 2015-2019. “North Central Risk Management Education Center.” USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. $3,248,008.
  • Walters, C., S. Banerjee, and B. Lubben. 2016-2017. “Northern Plains Regional Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Partnership.” USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. $443,561.
  • Mattos, F., B. Lubben, J. Parsons, and C. Walters. 2016-2018. “The Ag Econ Scholars Mentoring Program.” USDA Economic Research Service. $30,000.

 

Awards

  • Nebraska Association of Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and
    Human Sciences 2010 Communicator of the Year, 2011.
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Senior Faculty
    Holling Family Award for Teaching Excellence, 2015.

Publications

 

Expertise

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Farm policy
  • Agricultural policy development and education

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Peter Longo, Ph.D.

November 22, 2017
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Faculty Fellow | Natural & Social Sciences University of Nebraska at Kearney  
Faculty Fellow | Natural & Social Sciences

University of Nebraska at Kearney

 


 

Dr. Longo has been at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Department of Political Science, since 1988. Previously he was at Benedictine College (Kansas) (1986-88). Longo has published, with Anthony Schutz and the late Robert D. Miewald, the Nebraska State Constitution: A Reference Guide, 2nd edition (University of Nebraska Press) and co-edited (David Yaskowitz) Water in the Great Plains: Issues and Policies (Texas Tech University Press). Longo serves as the editor of Great Plains Research, a journal from the Center for Great Plains Studies (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), exposing him to great faculty research across the midwest and making him a great resource for our new Fellows Team.

longop@unk.edu

Credentials

  • Bachelor’s degree, history, Creighton University
  • Doctorate, political science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Research Interests

  • How cooperative models can promote the community good

 

Grants

  • Daugherty Water for Food Institute University of Nebraska, Healthy Nebraska and Beyond: Building Health from the Bottom-up along Waterways, ($27,465 with Alan Kolok, Patrick McNamara, Eleanor Rogan—Longo ) 2015
  • Nebraska University Foundation, Empowering Nebraska Youth to empower Nebraska Communities, ($82,500, with John Anderson), 2007 – 2009
  • Campus Kitchen of Washington, D.C. A grant to help students deliver meals to citizens in need. ($10,000), 2006 – 2009.

 

Leadership Roles

Most Recent Publications

  • Longo, P.J., Cummings R.G. (2013). Dam Water Policy: The Need for Global Governance. Journal of International Energy Policy, 2, 31-38.
  • Edwards, R., Longo P., (2013) Introduction Rural Communities and School Consolidation. Great Plains Research, 91-97.
  • Blauwkamp, J.M., Longo, P.J., and Anderson, J. (2011). School consolidation in Nebraska: Economic efficiency vs. rural community life. Online Journal of Rural Research and Policy, 6, 1, 1-20.
  • Longo, P.J., & Blauwkamp, J.M. (2011). Workplace religious accommodation for Muslims and the promise of state constitutionalism. Great Plains Research, 21, 3 (Spring), 3-15.
  • Longo, P. “Water Quality.” (2011). Governing America: Major Policies and Decisions of Federal, State, and Local Government, eds. Paul Quirk and William Cunion., New York, NY: Facts-on-File
  • Miewald, R., Longo, P., Schutz A. (2010). 433pp., The Nebraska State Constitution: A Reference Guide, 2nd edition 433pp., University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln NE
  • Nebraska’s 150th birthday is today: Through good times and bad, state has persevered By David Hendee

 

Awards

  • University of Nebraska Foundation Noddle Award for Service, 2012
  • Leslie Hewes Award Best Social Science Article, Great Plains Research Journal 2012 (with Joan Blauwkamp)

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Gregory M. Karst, Ph.D., P.T.

November 22, 2017
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Faculty Fellow | Executive Associate Dean | College of Allied Health Professions University of Nebraska Medical Center  
Faculty Fellow | Executive Associate Dean | College of Allied Health Professions

University of Nebraska Medical Center

 


 

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy he practiced in Tucson, Ariz., before completing his master’s degree. During his doctoral study his research focus was neural control of human movement. He was on faculty at UW-Madison prior to coming to UNMC in 1992, and served as associate director of PT Education before taking his current position.

A first generation college attendee from rural central Kansas, Dr. Karst is committed to reducing geographic and socioeconomic barriers to becoming a heath care professional by making health professions education more accessible to all Nebraskans. He was involved in all aspects of the planning, design and construction of the Health Science Education Complex on the UNK campus, thus expanding UNMC health professions programs from Omaha to Kearney. Greg Karst also wears a few hats as PT professor and admin for the Allied Health Sciences program at UNK and UNMC. This puts him on the road quite a bit and gives him a great understanding of rural health care professional needs.
gmkarst@unmc.edu

Credentials

  • Master’s degree, physiology, University of Arizona
  • Doctorate degree, physiology, University of Arizona

 

Grants

  • “Opening Windows and Doors to Health Care Careers in Rural Nebraska Communities” USDA Rural Community Development Grant; $250,000; PI – GM Karst; eligible but not funded due to limited USDA funds; 2016
  • “Promoting IOM Core Competencies through Interprofessional, Digital Case Scenarios.” Kelly Foundation; $28,000; KP Meyer (PI), GM Karst (I); 2008-9
  • “A novel method of quantifying balance impairment in persons with MS” National MS Society; $25,000; AE Tyler (PI), GM Karst (Co-I); 2000-1

Expertise

  • Physiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Academic Administration

 

Awards

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Bree Dority, Ph.D.

November 21, 2017
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Faculty Fellow | Associate Dean, College of Business & Technology | Associate Professor, Economics University of Nebraska at Kearney  
Faculty Fellow | Associate Dean, College of Business & Technology | Associate Professor, Economics

University of Nebraska at Kearney

 


 

Bree Dority has done extensive work on issues that directly affect the stakeholders of the University of Nebraska and the people of Nebraska. She has conducted economic impact, labor availability and community revitalization studies, and has presented and published research on school consolidation, tobacco free laws and ethanol, topics of particular relevance to rural Nebraska communities. Prior to joining UNK, Dr. Dority was an Associate at Analysis Group, an economic consulting firm in Denver, Colorado. Her research has been published in Energy Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, and the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. Bree’s economic impact work on rural labor and school consolidation is regularly cited and continues to be used in decision-making by rural practitioners, businesses, and school administrators in Nebraska.

doritybl@unk.edu

Credentials

  • Doctorate in economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Research Interests

  • Applied economics
  • Policy at the local and regional levels

Grants

  • “America’s Best Communities: Kearney Revitalization Plan,” with Reed Miller, Brenda Jensen, Eric Hellriegel, Jennie Meister, and Shawn Kaskie, Buffalo County Community Partners, 2015.

Expertise

  • Economics

Publications

  • “Relationship between Ethanol and Gasoline: AIDS Approach,” with Frank Tenkorang, Deborah Bridges, and Eddery Lam, Energy Economics, (2015) 50, 63-69.
  • “Economic Issues in School Consolidation in Nebraska,” with Eric Thompson, Great Plains Research Journal, (2013) 23, 145-157.
  • “Local and Statewide Smoke-Free Laws in Nebraska: the Effects on Keno Establishments,” with Mary McGarvey, Eric Thompson, and Jyosthna Sainath, Contemporary Economic Policy, (2013) 31(3), 549-564
  • Crane Study articles
  • Tourists who visit central Nebraska for sandhill crane migration spend millions by Rick Ruggles, World-Herald staff writer. Jul 17, 2017.

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Jim Cavaye, Ph.D.

November 21, 2017
University of Southern Queensland
Faculty Fellow | Professor, Program Director | Institute for Resilient Regions University of Southern Queensland | Australia  
Faculty Fellow | Professor, Program Director | Institute for Resilient Regions

University of Southern Queensland | Australia

 


 

Dr. Cavaye is an accomplished practitioner, educator and researcher in community development with 35 years of experience working with rural and regional communities. He has assisted more than 130 local communities across Australia and internationally with community appraisals, community engagement processes, community planning and economic development strategies. Globally respected and well published in the field of rural community development with a particular interest in applied research in rural tourism capacity building, Jim is our first and only International Fellow, but hopefully not for long.

As Professor of Regional Community Development at the University of Southern Queensland, he leads a collaborative research program addressing key issues for regional communities. He was formerly a well-known consultant and a Principal Rural Development Officer with the Queensland Government. He is a board member of the Community Development Society and an international speaker and author.

Jim.Cavaye@usq.edu.au

Expertise

  • Rural Community Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Economic Development

Credentials

  • Doctorate, University of Wisconsin

Publications

Grants

  • ACIAR Value Chains and Community Development in the Philippines
  • CCSG Interactions between Agriculture and Coal Seam Gas
  • Central West Queensland Digital Research Study

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Randy Cantrell, Ph.D.

November 21, 2017
University of Nebraska
Faculty Fellow | Professor | Development Specialist | Rural Futures Institute, Nebraska Extension University of Nebraska  
Faculty Fellow | Professor | Development Specialist | Rural Futures Institute, Nebraska Extension

University of Nebraska

 


 

Dr. Cantrell joined the University of Nebraska in 1995 following a 17-year career with Cooperative Extension at the University of Minnesota in various outreach and administrative roles. Randy is a rare resource as one of the few, if not only, rural sociologists in NE. When small towns and their stakeholders need demographic statistics, he digs into the rural poll data and other sources to deliver customized information.

rcantrell1@unl.edu

Expertise

  • Community Sociology
  • Survey Research
  • Secondary Data Sources and Reporting

Publications

Grants

  • USDA New Resident Research
  • USDA New Resident Research and Extension
  • USDA Local Food

Professional

  • Community Development Society: Friend of Community Development
  • NACDEP Excellence in Teamwork Award

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Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, Ph.D.

November 17, 2017
Community Vitality Panhandle Research and Extension Center
Faculty Fellow | Nebraska Extension Specialist Community Vitality Panhandle Research and Extension Center  
Faculty Fellow | Nebraska Extension Specialist

Community Vitality Panhandle Research and Extension Center
 


Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel has been employed in community development since 1986. She has worked as an Extension Educator in North Dakota and Nebraska, a University Learning Center Coordinator and is currently a University of Nebraska Extension Community Vitality Specialist in Scottsbluff, Neb. Dr. Burkhart-Kriesel has been active in a variety of organizations and has held leadership roles in the South Platte Natural Resources District, statewide Workforce Investment Board, Nebraska Wheat Growers Association and National Association of Wheat Growers. Cheryl’s research and Extension outreach work on new resident recruitment is nationally recognized throughout the Marketing Hometown America program. She also applies her best practice profitability research expertise through joint ownership of a seed distribution business in the NE panhandle community of Gurley.

cburkhartkriesel1@unl.edu

Credentials

  • Community and Human Resources, Ph.D.

Publications

Research Interests

  • New resident recruitment, Marketing Hometown America
  • Strengthening small business profitability, especially in the area of customer service,
  • Community Vitality
  • Providing community data to support local decisions, Rural Poll

Grants

  • Rural Futures Institute, $57,073, December, 2013 Bridging the Skills Gap: Workforce Development in the Great Plains.
  • USDA National Research Initiative – Rural Development, $498,000, October 2008 – July 2012.Marketing Rural Communities to Attract and Retain Workers.
  • USDA National Research Initiative – Rural Development, $220,000 June, 2006 – June, 2008. Relocation to the Buffalo Commons: Using a marketing approach to understand residential decisions among migrants to the Nebraska Panhandle.

Awards

  • Nebraska Gamma Sigma Delta Excellence in Extension, 2016
  • National Rural Sociological Society Excellence in Extension and Outreach Award, 2015
  • National Community Development Society Innovation Award for Marketing Hometown America, 2014.

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Robert Blair, Ph.D.

November 17, 2017
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Faculty Fellow | College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) University of Nebraska at Omaha  
Faculty Fellow | College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS)

University of Nebraska at Omaha

 


 

Dr. Blair, Professor of Public Administration and Director of Urban Studies, has been at the University of Nebraska Omaha since 1989. Previously he worked in city management, economic development and community development in Nebraska. He directs the local management program at UNO and works regularly with city managers. Prof. Blair has assisted many communities and public organizations on projects related to community and economic development. He was recognized by ICMA in 2014 for his contributions to the field of professional local government management. Prof. Blair has contributed to Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Works Management and Policy Journal, State and Local Government Review, International Journal of Public Administration, Great Plains Research, The Journal of the Community Development, Public Administration Review, and Public Administration Quarterly. Bob is another Fellow who is now teaching and researching based on lessons learned as city manager in NE communities. His research and outreach efforts have been a great resource for public administrators throughout rural NE and the midwest.

rblair@unomaha.edu

Research Interests

  • Public policy
  • State and local government
  • Urban and rural development
  • Program implementation

Expertise

  • Public Administration
  • Community Development
  • City Management
  • Economic Development

Leadership Roles

  • Local Government Management Education committee for the Network of Schools of
  • Public Policy, Affairs and Administration
  • Vice chair of the Advisory Board on Graduate Education for the International City
  • Management Association (ICMA)

Publications

  • City Management in the United States and Norway: A Comparative Analysis of Professional Orientations. Christian Janousek, co-author. International Journal of Public Administration, 37 (8) 484-493, 2014.
  • Demographic Foundation of Rural Education in the Great Plains: The Impact of Urbanization. David Drozd and Jerry Deichert, co-authors. Great Plains Research. 23 (3) Fall 2013.
  • State Rural Development Policy: The Role of the Community Development Block Grant Program. Jerry Deichert and David Drozd, co-authors. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management. 20 (1) Spring 2008.
  • Theory-Practice Exchange in Local Government Management: Perspectives of Practitioners and Scholars. Christian Janousek, co-author. American Review of Public Administration.
  • The Emergence of Local Government Policy Leadership: A Roaring Torch or a Flickering Flame? Anthony Starke, co-author. State and Local Government Review 49 (4), 2017.

Awards

  • Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, 2015. UNO Alumni Association.
  • Honorary Member, International City/County Management Association, 2014, for distinguished public service and contributions to the improvement and strengthening of local government, ICMA’s the highest award
  • Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, 2004.

Grants

  • Rural Futures Institute
  • Faculty Research International
  • Omaha Public Power District

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Todd Bartee, Ph.D.

November 17, 2017
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Faculty Fellow | Professor | Kinesiology & Sports Sciences University of Nebraska at Kearney  
Faculty Fellow | Professor | Kinesiology & Sports Sciences

University of Nebraska at Kearney

 

 

Dr. Bartee grew up in Columbus, Neb. Throughout his education and career he has focused on the process of planning, implementing and evaluating initiatives to meet the goals of individuals, groups, organizations and communities. Catalyzing change, leadership development, advocacy and partnership building are cornerstones of what he believes are important to build sustainable solutions. Much of his work has focused on facilitating this process and putting these cornerstones into practice primarily in rural school communities. Dr. Bartee has also had the good fortune of working with worksites, health care, government and non-government organizations. Todd’s research on rural community well being has been nationally recognized and funded over nearly 2 decades of applied scholarly work at UNK and other High Plains universities.

barteet2@unk.edu

Publications

  • Heelan, K.A., Bartee, R. T., Nihiser, A., Sherry, B. (2015). Decreasing Childhood Obesity – The Kearney Nebraska Story. Childhood Obesity;11(5):600-607.
  • Holt, E.E., Bartee, R.T., Heelan, K.A., & (2013). Evaluation of a Policy to Integrate Physical Activity into the School Day. Journal of Physical Activity and Health;10(4):480-7.
  • Winnail, S.D., Bartee, R.T., & Kaste, S. (2005). Existence of the School Health Coordinator in a Frontier State. Journal of School Health, 75, 329-333.
  • Self-monitoring As A Predictor For Weight Loss In A Family-based Pediatric Obesity Treatment Program: Article in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 49:986 · May 2017 DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000519693.53674.7f
  • Healthier School Environment Leads to Decreases in Childhood Obesity – The Kearney Nebraska Story Child Obes. 2015 October ; 11(5): 600–607. doi:10.1089/chi.2015.0005

Awards

  • Recipient, University of Alabama, College of Human Environmental Sciences’ Jack Davis Professional Achievement Alumni Award, October 16, 2009.

Expertise

  • Health Promotion

Grants

  • Forming Team Grant: Integrating evidence-based nutrition, physical activity, and weight management interventions in primary care to increase reach, effectiveness, and maintenance of lifestyle interventions. Food for Health Collaboration Initiative, University of Nebraska; Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • 2015-2017 CoPI: Heelan, K.A., & Bartee, R.T. Expansion of the Building Healthy Families Project Rural Futures Institute, University of Nebraska; Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Planning Grant: Integrating evidence-based nutrition, physical activity, and weight management interventions in primary care to increase reach, effectiveness, and maintenance of lifestyle interventions. Food for Health Collaboration Initiative, University of Nebraska; Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Rural Futures Institute Grant: 2017 Research & Engagement for projects addressing challenges and opportunities facing rural populations in areas of family health, wellness and health science education.

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