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By JOSH MOODY
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY — The search
for a new dean for the College
of Education at
the University
of Nebraska at
Kearney con-
tinues as the
fall semester
approaches.
“We’re clearly
looking for
someone who
understands the
history, the legacy of the Uni-
versity of Nebraska at Kearney
having been a normal school,
and its roots,” said Charles
Bicak, senior vice chancellor of
academic and student affairs.
UNK’s legacy as an institu-
tion that
prepares
teachers
dates back
to 1905
when the
university
was found-
ed as the
Nebraska
State
Normal
School
at Kear-
ney. In
1921, the
name was
changed
to Nebras-
ka State
Teachers
College,
but the
mission
remained the same. Two more
name changes — to Kearney
State College in 1963 and to
the University of Nebraska at
Kearney in 1991 — reflected
the expanded offerings of the
university. Still, Bicak said,
UNK maintains a unique
position as a university that
produces a large number of the
teachers and administrators
working in central Nebraska.
According to the College
of Education, 42 percent of
Nebraska teachers and adminis-
trators received their degree or
teaching credentials from UNK.
“Understanding the central
nature of teacher preparation
and education specialists for
the state of Nebraska and
points beyond, that’s at the
top of our list — no question,”
Bicak said.
According to Bicak, the new
dean should have a deep under-
standing of how to help faculty
and students, scholarly research
and activity, and service to the
campus and community. The
right candidate will also need
to understand the College of
Education’s graduate program,
which Bicak referred to as
“large and diverse.”
The search for a new dean
for the College of Education
began in the fall following the
resignation of Ed Scantling.
In the spring three candidates
— James Hannon, chair of the
department of exercise and
sport science at the University
of Utah; Jodi Kupper, dean of
the School of Education at Peru
State College; and Dennis Pot-
thoff, associate dean of UNK’s
College of Education — were
interviewed for the position.
Bicak said that a fourth can-
didate was interviewed in June
and again in early August.
“We’re still in an informa-
tion-gathering phase,” Bicak
said, noting that a search com-
mittee responsible for finding
a new dean was soliciting
reactions from the College of
Education faculty.
“It’s so important that the
dean — whomever the dean
might be — have that support,”
Bicak said.
Bicak described the interview
process as “fairly comprehen-
sive,” and noted that it includes
time with the search committee
and other departments linked to
the College of Education.
UNK hopes to fill the vacant
deanship with a quality candi-
date but has not set a deadline
for doing so. In the meanwhile,
former Dean Scantling will con-
tinue to serve as interim dean.
email to:
Charles Bicak
The
Search
Is On
Hunt continues
for new
education dean
“Understanding
the central
nature of
teacher
preparation
and education
specialists for
the state of
Nebraska and
points beyond,
that’s at the
top of our list
— no question.”
Charles Bicak
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