Karen Kassebaum

Courtesy Professor

PH.D. (2015) Educational Administration, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
M.A. (1999) Curriculum and Instruction/Educational Psychology
B.A. (1996) Elementary Education K-6
A.A & A.S (1993) Education/Pre-Nursing

Karen Kassebaum serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Inclusive Leadership and Learning. Serving as a leader of diversity education for institution-wide learning and engagement, Kassebaum develops and coordinates efforts for institutional-wide diversity education while also developing resources for diverse staff talent searches, onboarding, retention success.

Kassebaum has served in roles that included the Director of Staff Diversity and Inclusion for Human Resources and the Director of Recruitment for the College of Education and Human Sciences. Kassebaum’s diversity and inclusion viewpoints are fueled by research and lived experiences. She serves as a lecturer for the College of Education and Human Sciences, teaching 400-800 level courses focused on diversity and inclusion, administrative leadership and civil discourse.

Kassebaum is the founder of Athlete2Athlete, an organization that provides transitional mentoring training and leadership development skills for student athletes. Kassebaum is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and the Omaha Chapter of the LINKS, Incorporated. 

Kassebaum is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Fulfilling the Dream Award, the University of Nebraska Lincoln Board of Regents Kudo’s award.

She teaches courses related to diversity and inclusion including:

Multicultural Education TEAC330

Linguistic Need Bilingual and Culture SLPA488

Education Pluralistic Society TEAC861

First year seminar EDAD880

Administration Theory EDAD830


Areas of Expertise:

    Diversity education teaching
    Mentorship training
    Leadership development, education and training

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
Inclusive Excellence Development Grant: A Proactive Approach to Diversity and Inclusion: Check Your Blindspot Mobile Tour and Diversity Organization Fair, UNL ($3000) April 2018Inclusive Excellence Development Grant: A Proactive Approach to Diversity and Inclusion: A Mental Health Day Focused on Diversity and Inclusion ($3000) May 2019Diversity and Inclusion Virtual Reality Training (DIVR): An interactive, self-paced learning experience about unconscious bias and microaggressions developed and executed in collaboration with CJMC Inclusive Excellence Development Grant, UNL ($3000) May 2Evaluation of Diversity and Inclusion programming for graduate students in collaboration with OGS (Office of Graduate Studies) and GSA (Graduate Student Association). Grant funds matched by OGS ($3000) and GSA ($3000) to increase impact. July 2020