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.