Nicholas J. Pace

Nicholas J. Pace

Professor & Department Chair

Ed.D. Educational Leadership, University of Northern Iowa, 2005
MSE, Educational Administration, Drake University, 1997
BA, Sociology, University of Northern Iowa, 1992

Dr. Pace joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2017 as professor and chair of the Department of Educational Administration.

His research focuses primarily on the principalship. He has researched and written on the school experiences of gay and lesbian students, as well as the use of role plays, case studies, and other tools in the preparation of principals. His most recent projects were two books about a fictional principal’s first year on the job. Dr. Pace’s other scholarly interests include school administrator wellness and the impact of mindfulness on leadership practice. In addition, Dr. Pace has interest in qualitative research, mentoring, inclusivity, and school culture and climate.

He has taught a variety of courses related to change leadership, orientation to school administration and standards for administrators, the principalship, human relations, and activities/extra-curricular programming, and administrators’ use of technology.

Prior to arriving at Nebraska, Dr. Pace served as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), and as a middle and high school principal, teacher, coach, and as a mental health social worker.



Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2015, Inducted, Iowa Academy of Education2012, Recipient, UNI College of Education Award for Outstanding Scholarship2012 Recipient, UNI Diversity Matters Award2010, Recipient, Iowa Friend of Civil Rights Award
2015-2017, Professor & Department Head, Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education, University of Northern Iowa2008-2015, Associate Professor & Principalship Program Coordinator, University of Northern Iowa2005-2008, Assistant Professor & Principalship Program Coordinator, University of Northern Iowa2000-2005, Instructor & Student Teaching Coordinator, University of Northern Iowa1998-2000, Principal, North Tama County Junior-Senior High School, Traer, IA1996-1998, Teacher, Davis County High School, Bloomfield, IA1994-1996, Teacher, Seymour Community School, Seymour, IA1992-1993, Social Worker, Missouri Department of Mental Health, Kansas City, MO
American Educational Research AssociationUniversity Council for Educational AdministrationNational Council of Professors of Educational Administration