Ellen Weissinger

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Ellen Weissinger

Professor, Emeritus Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

B.A., 1980, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A., 1982 University of Iowa
Ph.D., 1985, University of Maryland

Ellen Weissinger is a tenured full professor of educational administration with expertise in academic administration and quantitative research methodology. She served as Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where she previously was the Dean of Graduate Studies.  In the Senior Vice Chancellor role she was UNL’s Chief Academic Officer and the responsible official in the Chancellor’s absence.  She managed a $1B academic budget, oversaw 8 colleges, University Libraries, Graduate Studies, Enrollment Management, Career Services, University Advising, International Engagement and On-line Education.  These units included 1000 tenure track faculty and 24,000 students.  The Senior Vice Chancellor oversees faculty hiring, development and policies; curriculum processes including general education; academic policies; accreditation; academic program review; academic facilities and information systems.   Dr. Weissinger also served as associate dean of Teachers College and associate director of the Buros Institute for Mental Measurement.  She taught at the University of Iowa for one year before joining the UNL faculty in 1986.  

A recipient of UNL’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Weissinger has taught educational administration courses and doctoral level research methodology courses.  With degrees in the interdisciplinary field of Leisure Studies, her original research interests included the antecedents and consequences of human behavior during free time.  She published over 40 research articles with a special focus on intrinsic motivation and boredom. She also specialized in psychometric research and has published three measurement instruments. From 1995-2001 she served two terms as editor of the Journal of Leisure Research, the youngest person and first woman to hold that editorship.

Dr. Weissinger was the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for U.S. Department of Education and National Science Foundation grants totaling $1,000,000.  She was principal investigator of the Great Plains National Security Education Consortium, a five-year, $3,000,000 project funded by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Defense Intelligence Agency. She served on the CIC Provosts Audit Committee, the national advisory board of the National Graduate and Professional Student Association and on the Council of Graduate Schools Research Task Force.

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2015, Honorary Varsity Letter, UNL Department of Athletics2010, Champion of Research Award, Office of the Vice Chancelor for Research, UNL2008, Human Resources Partner Award, Office of Human Resources, UNL2003, Distinguished Alumni Fellow, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Iowa2002, College Distinguished Teaching Award, UNL
2009-2015, Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2002-2009, Dean of Graduate Studies, UNL1995-2000, Associate Dean, Teachers College, UNL1992-1994, Associate Director, Buros Institute for Mental Measurement, UNL1985-1986, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Iowa