Letter from the Dean

Dean Marjorie Kostelnik

Marjorie Kostelnik Dean

Students in the College of Education and Human Sciences think of their academic home as the “people’s college”—a place where they learn how to make a real difference in people’s lives. When you start your story in CEHS, you’ll find many creative and intellectual opportunities to help you enhance the lives of individuals, families, schools and communities.

Few other colleges in Nebraska can match the diverse menu of majors you’ll find here. From dietetics to teacher education to athletic training to fashion design, CEHS provides you with a variety of avenues to make an impact on the human condition. With a focus on career preparation in education and in the fields of human sciences, we offer a wide array of professional content and experiences that help you stand out from the crowdhere in Nebraska and throughout the world.

Our students are known for their academic excellence. This same focus on excellence is reflected in our faculty, too. Faculty members in every program in CEHS will give you personal attention with a student-centered approach to learning. They are leaders in their fieldsaward winning educators, innovative researchers, and people highly engaged in their professions and communities. As a result, you won’t just sit in class, memorize the material, and repeat it back on a test. Instead, you'll learn from dedicated teachers who care about your learning. You'll have a chance to work with real people in real settings like those you are preparing to enter.

When you choose UNL and CEHS you’re getting value—a quality education at an affordable price. You also get access to a Lincoln community where you’ll find everything for your personal interests and choices to gain career experience. We’re big enough to offer many options but small enough that you’ll make connections. As an undergraduate or graduate student, you'll find that CEHS is a place where people care about you and your learning and where you'll make friends for life.

We also hope you’ll take advantage of the CEHS Global eXperience where you can expand your impact to the world. Study abroad, international internships and local service learning are examples of how you can broaden your education beyond the borders of Nebraska.

One of my greatest joys as dean is handing a new graduate their diploma. I would love to hand you yours, and I'm confident it will be the launching pad that helps bring your story to life.

CEHS Mission

The College of Education and Human Sciences is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals, families, schools, and communities and to strengthening the relationships among them.

CEHS Values

In pursuing our mission, the faculty, staff, students, and graduates of the College of Education and Human Sciences are guided by shared values that inform every aspect of our work. Specifically, we value:

  • Excellence in all aspects of the life of the College;
  • Innovation, creativity, and curiosity as we address the complex issues facing individuals, families, schools, and communities;
  • Respect for diverse people, ideas, voices, and perspectives;
  • Multidisciplinary approaches to scholarship that integrate teaching and learning, research, scholarship, and creative activity, outreach, and service;
  • Working together to positively impact the lives of individuals, families, schools, and communities;
  • Partnering with people in the community to support the mission and vision of the College of Education and Human Sciences;
  • Emphasizing the creation of new knowledge and its application to human and community needs thereby combining the strengths of a research and a land-grant university