UNK Today | August 2014 - page 34

Scantling came to UNK
in 1985 as a professor and
has risen through the ranks.
From 1998 to 2004, Scantling
chaired the department of
health, physical education,
recreation and leisure studies.
In 2004, he became associate
dean for the College of Edu-
cation. Scantling was named
dean of the college of educa-
tion in 2006, a position that
he held until earlier this year
when he announced that he
would be returning to teach-
ing. Scantling is serving as
interim dean until his replace-
ment can be found. Earlier
this year, he also was named
to a newly created position:
interim associate vice chan-
cellor for academic services
and enrollment management.
Scantling received his bach-
elor’s degree from Humboldt
State University, his master’s
from the University of North-
ern Colorado, and a doctorate
from the University of New
Hub Staff Writer
after a career spanning decades
of teaching at the Universi-
ty of Nebraska at Kearney,
Jim Payne said not much has
changed when it comes to the
“I don’t
know if
the actual
teaching of
music has
other than
it now
a lot of
the retired professor said from
his new home in Texas. “In the
1970s, when I started teaching
at Kearney State, we would use
what technology was avail-
That cutting-edge technology
involved photocopiers.
“I still remember the mim-
eograph machines we used,”
Payne said. “Everything was
paper. When I taught my last
year, I don’t think I passed
out one piece of paper to the
students. Everyone was online
on our classroom system.”
Although the ways of
teaching music have changed,
the essence of creating music
remains much the same.
“The elements of music
haven’t changed since the
beginning,” Payne said. “We
still have to teach those to
When Payne arrived at UNK
to begin his teaching career,
students could choose two
basic courses of study: music
education or performance.
“When I finished my teach-
ing, we had
a substantial
number of
in a third
program, a
degree with
an emphasis
on music
he said. “That was like a music
major and a business minor.”
Students can also focus on
music composition or music
“The Nebraska students at
UNK were always good kids,”
Payne said. “We always had
good players and good per-
formers — and just all-around
good kids. I always enjoyed
teaching them, right up to the
last day.”
This summer, Payne left cen-
tral Nebraska to return to Texas
where he grew up.
“I’m living in San Antonio
and taking care of my mother,”
he said. “Moving from Kear-
ney, a city of 30,000, to San
Antonio, a city of 1.7 million,
it’s quite a bit different. I grew
up here so I kind of know
where things are, except that
nothing is the same after being
away since 1966.”
Payne said the little gravel
road he walked on while on his
way to high school is now six
lanes with multistory buildings
on either side.
Because of Kearney’s remote
location — in terms of the
music industry — the area
offers unique opportunities for
what Payne calls weekend war-
riors — musicians who perform
nonprofessionally but with still
a high level of skill.
“I think there are more and
better weekend warriors who
have a day job than when
I started in 1974,” he said.
“There were some, but they
were mostly playing what we
call ‘money music,’ the music
of the 1930s and 1940s for the
American Legion, Elks and
those kinds of clubs.”
Now, the landscape in central
Nebraska features country,
jazz, Christian and Celtic in
addition to pop music.
“I think there are better musi-
cians, and more musicians, in
Kearney than when I started,”
he said. “I think that’s a major
Most students who attend
UNK and dream of a career
in musical performance get
steered toward teaching, Payne
“You don’t need a perform-
ing degree to be a performer,”
he said. “You just need to be
really good.”
Music business majors
usually end up in the industry
in booking or publishing, not
necessarily as musicians.
As for rock stars, sometimes
a little education can go a long
way toward understanding a
realistic view of the world.
“I don’t know that we get
many music majors who want
to be rock stars,” Payne said.
“Once they get to music theory,
they ask, ‘What? We have to do
As a professor, Payne said
he’s seen his students excel
in different areas of music.
Several students have ended
up performing jazz in and
around Boston, while others
have found a place in military
“Some of my music business
majors are doing well in the
industry, beginning to climb the
ladder working at Sony and the
National Association of Music
Merchants,” Payne said. “They
kind of came in waves. I’ve
have some really, really great
students, and then for several
years we would have some
good students, but not of the
same quality. It was interesting
as it went up and down that
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retired professor of music, said teaching technologies have changed, but the song remains the same. Although the com-
puter has replaced paper, “The elements of music haven’t changed since the beginning,” he said from his new home in San Antonio.
Kenya Taylor
Associate Vice Chancellor for
Academic and Student Affairs/Dean
of Graduate Studies and Research
Taylor arrived on the UNK
campus in 1996 as a pro-
fessor in the department of
communication disorders.
She became department chair
in 2006, later relinquishing
that position in 2006 after
being named dean of graduate
studies. In 2011, Taylor added
another responsibility, accept-
ing the position of associate
vice chancellor for academic
and student affairs. Previously,
Taylor worked with Nebras-
ka farmers to protect and
conserve their hearing. She
has bachelor’s and master’s
degrees from Baylor Univer-
sity and a doctorate from the
University of Tennessee.
Janet Wilke
Dean of the Library
Wilke has worked in a
number of positions at UNK
since she arrived in 1998 as
a reference librarian. Previ-
ously, Wilke served as head
of the curriculum/nonbook
department and director of
the Regional Instructional
Materials Review Center
and helped direct the library
as an associate dean. In
2009, Wilke was named to
her current position. Wilke
previously worked for Wich-
ita State University, Doane
College and the University
of Wisconsin. Wilke earned
her bachelor’s degree from
Chadron State College and
her master’s and doctorate
degrees from the University
of Wisconsin.
“The elements of
haven’t changed since the
beginning. We still have to
teach those to students.”
Jim Payne
Ed Scantling
Interim Dean of Education/ Interim
Associate Vice Chancellor for
Academic Services and
Enrollment Management
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