Leadership, Education, Equity.
Welcome to the Department of Educational Administration!
In 1913, Woodrow Wilson served as President of the United States, the women’s suffrage movement was gaining momentum, and 15,000 licensed vehicles were registered in Nebraska. The first commercial airline flight was a year away and the events triggering The Great War were becoming visible on the horizon. It was also the year the Department of School Administration began preparing administrators for elementary and secondary schools at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
In the hundred-plus years that have followed, we’ve expanded from our roots in PK-12 to include masters and doctoral programs higher education. Today, the Department of Educational Administration (EDAD) serves more than 400 graduate students in both P-12 and higher education in Nebraska, across the USA, and globally. Our alums serve as principals, superintendents, student affairs professionals, admissions counselors, residence life coordinators, academic advisors, directors, and more. They’re faculty members and leaders in community colleges and on college and university campuses. They serve as researchers, professors, presidents, deans, vice-chancellors, and commissioners. They’re movers, shakers, scholars, and leaders. Huskers.
We help leaders across P-12 and postsecondary education:
- Understand education from a systems perspective;
- Challenge the way educational organizations reproduce structural inequalities;
- Enhance equity, inclusion, and effectiveness in education through sustainable improvement;
- Integrate research, policy, theory, and meaningful practice to serve the needs of diverse communities.
EDAD connects leaders, policy makers, scholars, practitioners, and communities with leading edge research to engage, innovate, and transform P-12 and higher education throughout Nebraska, the U.S.A, and world.
The Nebraska Difference
Harry Pelcha (UNL Class of 1924) penned the now-famous line “There is no place like Nebraska” in writing the words and music to Dear Old Nebraska U. Nearly a hundred years later, EDAD offers serious and passionate students remarkable learning opportunities at the masters and doctoral levels in a learning environment like no other.
Our Husker Scholars experience a unique and vibrant learning community with a focus on connecting theory and practice. We do this with an award-winning team of scholars, researchers, and teachers with a longstanding commitment to excellence and common interests in class, race, gender, access, and equity in education. The latest and most innovative distance education technology, including the Canvas Learning Management System and Zoom videoconferencing connect our faculty and students across zip codes, time zones, and continents. Each EDAD student is also invited to our award-winning online Student Success Center, which houses dozens of resources for navigating successful study as a graduate student.
Our students aren’t sitting passively, watching from the sidelines. They’re active members of a learning community, building relationships with classmates across Nebraska, the USA, and beyond. They’re exploring and applying theory, conducting research, and collaborating with peers and faculty to address the most pressing challenges and opportunities at the PK-12, community college, and higher education levels.
Our faculty members have studied at some of the most prestigious institutions in America and beyond. Many conduct leading research into the most pressing and complex challenges in education, sharing it with students in the classroom and other higher education scholars across the country and globe. They work alongside other professors with decades of combined expertise as practitioners in the field. Called “professors of practice,” these faculty members have lived and breathed the work of leadership in PK-12 schools and higher education. This unique combination of faculty with research, theoretical, and practical expertise makes for a dynamic and rigorous learning environment. Connecting theory, research, and real-world practice are what we do.
Our award-winning faculty members serve on the editorial boards of more than two dozen peer-reviewed journals and are frequently sought as keynote speakers, special guests, and expert presenters. They’re highly-sought consultants, certified Gallup Strengths Coaches, best-selling authors, and internationally known for their teaching, research, engagement, and service.
For more than three decades, EDAD has hosted the Women in Educational Leadership Conference, which brings scholars and practitioners from PK-12 through higher education together each October. Our Critical Issues Forum convenes researchers and practitioners to explore promising practices related to some of the most vexing educational challenges. We also host the Sybouts Student Research Symposium, which brings EDAD students from across the country together to sharpen their research and inquiry skills.
EDAD also houses the National Council of Instructional Administrators, a national organization of community college instructional administrators, which works collaboratively with our Community College Leadership Certificate. EDAD and The University of Nebraska-Lincoln also host the online peer-reviewed journals, Contemporary Issues in Educational Leadership and the Journal of Women in Educational Leadership.
The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) offers EDAD students dozens of additional, no-cost mini-courses to sharpen their skills. Love Library offers EDAD students research assistance and consultation through a designated liaison. In addition to the 1.5 million books and 3.5 million other resources housed in Love Library, our students have access to 20 million more through the Big Ten Academic Alliance. EDAD students also utilize the Nebraska Evaluation and Research Center (NEAR) for expert consultation on quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research and hands-on training.
We appreciate your interest in our programs and invite you to explore our space to learn more. Check out the diverse experiences and expertise of our faculty. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. Examine our research, publications, and engagement locally, nationally, and globally. Take a look at our state capital and home of Lincoln, Nebraska, a quintessential Midwestern college town and growing city of 270,000. Get to know our remarkable students, faculty, staff, and alums. We think you’ll agree that Harry Pelcha was right. There is no place like Nebraska!
Lead Big Red!
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’slow 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.