About The Department
The Department of Educational Administration has been a part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1913. In those early years, we were the Department of School Administration and our focus was solely on the preparation of administrators for elementary and secondary schools. While our commitment to the preparation of PK-12 administrators continues, our program has expanded to include higher education. In 1961 we became the Department of Educational Administration (EdAd). The doctoral specialization in Educational Leadership and Higher Education was approved in the early 1990s. In 2000 we added the master's degree specialization in Student Affairs Administration and in 2006 the Regents approved a graduate certificate in community college leadership.
Our department has common interests in class, race, gender, access and equity across the PK-20 educational spectrum. EdAd is committed to preparing individuals to serve and lead PK-20 educational organizations in the challenges facing 21st century teaching and learning. We hold the belief that our graduates will enhance the lives of individuals, families, schools, higher education institutions and communities and strengthen the relationship among them.We are a department that offers only graduate degrees. Faculty members in the department have a wide range of experience and interests. Historically, EdAd faculty have maintained national visibility with organizations like Phi Delta Kappa, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Council of Instructional Administrators. Faculty members are active in the American Educational Research Association, the University Council of Educational Administration, the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the American Association of School Administrators, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the American Association of Community Colleges, the National Academic Advising Association, and the American Evaluation Association. We have a presence in rural education circles. For decades our Bureau of Educational Research has helped Nebraska school districts and the Nebraska Unicameral with strategic planning. A number of us serve on the editorial boards of educational journals. We host an annual conference on Women in Educational Leadership as well as an annual Issues Forum and the Sybouts Student Research Seminar. The National Council of Instructional Administrators is housed and staffed by our department and works in cooperation with our community college leadership program. Faculty and students play a major role, in collaboration with the Nebraska Council of School Administrators, in facilitating a New Principals Mentoring Program.
Distance education is a very important part of the academic programs of the department. Most courses are now available on line, via Blackboard. Several years ago the department made a very conscious decision to improve access by offering courses in this fashion. We are now one of the Very High Research Activity Institutions (Carnegie Classification) with a majority of doctoral course work on line. We are constantly working to improve our efforts, both in terms of the developmental needs of students and in the quality of their academic work. One consequence of this effort has been that we have been able to attract some excellent students who would never have been part of our program if we lacked the distance coursework.
We should say a word about Lincoln, Nebraska for those who have not been here and have some interest in knowing more about the city. Lincoln has earned a reputation as one of the Midwest’s best cities. It enjoys a distinct college town atmosphere, and features attractions and entertainment of a large metropolitan area. Home to fine culinary and artistic treasures; clean, tree-lined parks, golf courses and trails; and a friendly Midwestern attitude, Lincoln offers the exhilaration of a big city and the serenity of the countryside all in one place.
With a population of 260,000, Lincoln covers approximately 75 square miles. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is one of its largest employers along with state government, medical centers and hospitals and Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing. Major industries are service/trade, manufacturing, printing/publishing, insurance and pharmaceuticals. Lincoln enjoys four beautiful seasons. Average high temperatures are 90 degrees Fahrenheit in July and 32 degrees in January. Average annual rainfall is 28 inches.
The city of Lincoln has earned many accolades including one of “America’s Most Livable Cities” (Forbes.com); one of the “Best Small Places for Business and Careers” (Forbes.com); a “Five Star Community” (Expansion Management magazine); fourth “Best Place to Raise a Family” (Children’s Health); “A” for air quality (American Lung Association); one of the “Best Cities for Families” (Child magazine); one of the “Best Sports Cities” (Sporting News); and one of the “Best Overall Business Climate Among Smaller Metro Areas” (Forbes). Lincoln’s cost of living is consistently below the national average, and has lower health care costs, utility and insurance rates. Lincoln’s low crime rate, efficient transportation, stable business environment and advanced health care technology are some of the reasons why Lincoln ranks high in livability rankings. Lincoln Public Schools is the second largest school district in Nebraska, educating 37,000 students at 55 schools, 5 high school focus programs, 3 alternative education programs and the International Baccalaureate Programme. Average ACT composite scores are traditionally higher than state and national averages.
Lincoln and UNL are home to the University of Nebraska State Museum, Sheldon Museum of Art, the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, Great Plains Art Gallery, Hillestad Textiles Gallery, the Germans from Russia Museum, the Home of William Jennings Bryan, the Nebraska State Capitol, the Lincoln Children’s Museum and the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. Sports enthusiasts enjoy UNL sporting events at premier facilities including Husker football at Memorial Stadium, wrestling at the Coliseum, volleyball at the Devaney Center, baseball at Hawks Field and basketball at the newly built Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Pershing Auditorium, Pinewood Bowl, the Lied Center for Performing Arts and the Pinnacle Bank Arena offer opportunities for local and national concerts and theatre. The Historic Haymarket district and downtown Lincoln, both adjacent to the UNL’s city campus house a thriving local music scene, distinctive restaurants, art galleries and unique shops and businesses. Truly there is something for everyone in the Star City.
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