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Brent Cejda


Ph.D., Educational Administration & Supervision, Bowling Green University, 1990
M.S., Music Education, Wichita State University, 1982
B.S., Music Education, Wichita State University, 1977

Dr. Brent Cejda is a Professor in the department of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Dr. Cejda’s primary involvement has been with the Community College Leadership program at Nebraska. He served for nine years as the Executive Director of the National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA), an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) that is hosted within the Educational Administration Department. His additional work with AACC includes serving on the steering committee for the Teaching by Choice Initiative, the planning and evaluation task force for the Leading Forward project, and chairing the Coalition of AACC Affiliate Councils. He is a Past-President of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC). Cejda has been recognized by CSCC with the emerging scholar award (2002), the senior scholar award (2014), and the Arthur M. Cohen and Florence B. Brawer Distinguished Service Award (2019).

Cejda’s higher education experience began as an instructor at Butler Community College in Kansas. He later served as an administrator at Butler and also held administrative appointments at Edison State Community College in Ohio, Highland Community College and Benedictine College in Kansas, and St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Nebraska, Cejda was on the faculty at Texas Tech University, where he served as the coordinator of the higher education program. He has published extensively in the New Directions for Community Colleges series as well as the Community College Review, the Community College Journal of Research and Practice and the Journal of Applied Research in Community Colleges. Cejda serves on the editorial boards of the Community College Journal of Research and Practice and the Community College Review. He was the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation grant, Developing Undergraduate Research at Community Colleges: Tapping the Potential of All Students, a project that involved over 100 community colleges in designing research experiences for community college students.

Areas of Expertise

  • Community colleges
  • History of Higher Education
  • Career paths of educational administrators
  • Hispanics in higher education
  • Rural education
  • Academic affairs in higher education
  • Liberal arts colleges
  • General education

Dr. Cejda teaches courses for the online MA program and the master’s program with a student affairs specialization and chairs dissertations in the Educational Leadership and Higher Education specialization. His Higher Education in America course focuses on aspects related to increased access and equity in higher education. In serving as a dissertation advisor, Dr. Cejda encourages students to develop familiarity with the literature on broad issues and challenges facing colleges and universities in the 21st century and then to select a specific area of focus on the topic that matches their research and/or career aspirations.

  • EDAD 832: Higher Education in America
  • EDAD 910 Higher Education Environment

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2019, Arthur M. Cohen and Florence B. Brawer Distinguished Service Award—Council for the Study of Community Colleges2011, Elected President, Council for the Study of Community Colleges2012, Senior Scholar Award, Council for the Study of Community Colleges2007, Elected to Chair the Coalition of AACC affiliated councils2005, Elected to the Council for the Management of Educational Finance2001, 2004, Nominated for the Barnie E. Rushing, Jr., Faculty Distinguished Research Award, Texas Tech University2003, 2004, Nominated for the President’s Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award, Texas Tech University2002, Emerging Scholar Award—Council for the Study of Community Colleges2002, College of Education Dean’s Service Award2001, Nominated for the Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award
2012-Present, Professor, Educational Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2005-2012, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Higher Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1998-2005, Assistant/Associate Professor of Higher Education, Texas Tech University1993-1998, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Education and Fine Arts, Saint Vincent College1991-1993, Associate/Acting Dean of the College and Associate Professor of Education, Benedictine College1990-1991, Coordinator Grants and Research, Edison State College1988-1990, Division Director, Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and Special Programs Coordinator, Highland Community College1985-1987, Research Assistant, Bowling Green State University1982-1985, Instructor and Coordinator, McConnell Air Force Base Campus, Butler County Community College
American Association of University Professors (AAUP)American Educational Research Association—Section J, Higher Education (AERA)Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC)