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Shavonna Holman Associate Professor of Practice, P-12 School Leadership M.ED. Coordinator

Ed.D., Educational Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2011
M.S., Educational Administration, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2004
M.S., Elementary Education, University of Nebraska- Omaha, 2001
B.S., Elementary Education, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1999

Dr. Holman is the Coordinator of the MEd Program and has been an assistant professor of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln since 2013. Prior to higher education, she spent more than 10 years in the public education sector serving both as an elementary teacher and elementary principal in diverse, urban settings.

Dr. Holman’s outreach work includes involvement with Cognia (formerly AdvancED), collaborative research efforts with the Nebraska Department of Education Title I Office and Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools, as well as serving on the Board of Education for the Omaha Public Schools. Her most recent project was on the second edition of a book entitled, The Principal’s Hot Seat Observing Real-World Dilemmas which features video footage of an authentic role play exercise for principals, was published in 2022 with co-authors Drs. Nicholas J. Pace and Cailen O'Shea. In June 2021, Dr. Holman launched a new podcast series, Lead Big REd with Dr. Sturgeon.

Areas of Expertise

  • Diversity and Equity in Education
  • High Poverty Urban Schools
  • Educational Leadership
  • School Improvement

Dr. Holman’s teaching focuses on school improvement efforts, diversity and equity in educational organizations and leadership in P-12 schools. Her courses include EDAD 800 (Introduction to Research), EDAD 920 (Diversity and Equity), EDAD 851 (School Appraisal), EDAD 830 (Administrative Theory), EDAD 905 (School Governance) EDAD 837 (School Law) and EDAD 890 (Elementary Principalship). Dr. Holman is interested in students who are committed to children, their development and their progress. She wants her advisees to realize the importance in making a difference and having an impact through teaching, learning and leading. She expects her advisees to see their potential in being change agents in education and seeing solutions, not just the problems.

  • Currently serving as the Vice President of the Omaha Public Schools Board as well as on the Board of Directors for the Nebraska Association of School Board
  • Yearly, Dr. Holman serves on 1-2 Engagement Reviews throughout the state of Nebraska for AdvancED Accreditation. Through the AdvancED Accreditation Process, Engagement Review Teams gather first-hand evidence and information pertinent to evaluating an institution's performance against the research-based AdvancED Performance Standards.
  • Also serves on the Nebraska Leadership and Learning Network (NLLN) in which they are working and are designing a sustainable in-state model to ensure equity-driven school leadership support in schools receiving comprehensive support and improvement (CSI).
  • EDAD 800: Foundations of Research & Methods
  • EDAD 830: Administrative Theory in Educational Organizations
  • EDAD 903: Issues in Community Relations

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2020, President, Nebraska Association of Professors of School Leadership2019 CEHS Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient2018, CEHS Outstanding Teaching Award Winner2014, Scholarly Enhancement Program, University of Nebraska–Lincoln2014, Peer Review of Teaching Project, University of Nebraska–Lincoln2014, Lead Evaluator for the Nebraska Statewide Title I Accountability Research Project2021, UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Award for Excellence
2022-Present, Associate Professor of Practice, Educational Administration, University of Nebraska–Lincoln2015-2022, Assistant Professor of Practice, Educational Administration, University of Nebraska–Lincoln2018-Present, Coordinator of the MEd Program2012-Present, AdvancED External Reviewer, Nebraska2012-2015, Research Assistant Professor, Educational Administration, University of Nebraska–Lincoln2005-2012, Assistant Principal, Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, NE1999-2005, Teacher, Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, NE
National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA)University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA)Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA)Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE)Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB)National School Boards Association (NSBA)