THE OPPORTUNITY

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), a research-extensive, comprehensive, land-grant institution in the Big Ten Conference and the Big Ten Academic Alliance, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of associate to the chancellor for institutional equity and compliance.

UNL is a leading national research university consistently recognized for its value and access to the citizens of Nebraska and beyond. It is deeply committed to its land-grant mission, and its recent sesquicentennial celebration was a reflection of its historical accomplishments and collaborative efforts involving faculty, staff, students, and the community stakeholders in planning for a stronger and more vibrant institution. At its conclusion, the N150 Commission laid out a bold vision for the university over the next 25 years: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is unparalleled among public research universities in access, opportunity, innovation, and life-long experiential learning. Chancellor Ronnie Green announced the university’s first five-year strategic plan to achieve this vision, N2025, which launched in February 2020.

The Position

ROLE OF THE ASSOCIATE TO THE CHANCELLOR FOR INSTITUTIONAL EQUITY AND COMPLIANCE

The associate to the chancellor for institutional equity and compliance/director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (IEC) oversees and ensures compliance with affirmative action, equal opportunity, civil rights, and higher education laws, including Title IX, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal and state laws; coordinates the delivery of investigations, programming, educational opportunities, and other services; works collaboratively with other senior leaders to build an ethical work environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment; and serves as a thought leader and resource in developing and implementing equity and diversity initiatives within the UNL community. The position directs IEC’s administrative functions and operations and is responsible for 10 staff employees, including the Title IX coordinator and its ADA coordinator. The position reports directly to the chancellor.

HISTORY OF THE POSITION

Tamiko Strickman served as associate to the chancellor for institutional equity and compliance, as well as Title IX coordinator, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 2016. She stepped down from the position to become associate vice president for institutional equity and compliance at the University of Michigan in January 2020.

UNL plans to fill the position on July 1, 2020 or as soon as possible.  To that end, the institution has retained Spelman Johnson to assist in recruiting Strickman’s successor who will oversee compliance with affirmative action, equal opportunity, civil rights, and higher education laws. However, to be more aligned with best practices in higher education, the Title IX coordinator position has been separated from the associate to the chancellor’s role. Meagan Counley, who has served as UNL’s deputy Title IX coordinator and as a senior investigator since 2016, has been named interim Title IX coordinator.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Among the many duties of the associate to the chancellor for institutional equity and compliance, the following have been identified by the search committee as being of special importance (listed in no particular order):

Serve as a key university leader

In collaboration with partners across campus, oversee and facilitate the university’s efforts to foster a working, learning, and living environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. Oversee the development and enforcement of applicable university policies that prohibit all forms of discrimination and harassment as outlined in the university’s non-discrimination statement and related policies. Provide leadership and direction in the implementation and administration of the university’s efforts to prevent, as well as respond to, harassment and discrimination. Guide the design and delivery of educational and training programs.

Represent the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (IEC)

Represent and advocate for IEC within the university context. Serve as the primary liaison between IEC and the university community, including students, faculty, staff, and institutional leadership. Develop and communicate the mission and vision of IEC as a resource for the campus community. Represent IEC and the university with external stakeholders (e.g., government bodies/agencies, media, counterparts at other institutions, etc.)

Provide guidance and support

Provide guidance and support when there is a conflict with a party, unit, department, or leadership, including meeting with individuals whose concerns about the office or process are escalated. Provide guidance on appropriate contacts or resources when IEC staff are navigating various and unique situations or challenges.

Develop and implement process improvements and appropriate strategies

Develop and incorporate process improvements for better efficiency and effectiveness within IEC, including developing and maintaining internal protocols to ensure consistency in the response and processing of reported incidents.  Implement appropriate strategies to address caseloads in a thorough and timely manner, while maintaining a balanced and effective work environment.

Provide direct supervision and functional support

Provide direct supervision to the university’s IEC staff. Build on IEC’s positive team culture. Oversee IEC staff professional development and training compliant with VAWA, Title IX, Title VII, VEVRAA, ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, guidance from the US Department of Education, other state and federal mandates, and suggested practices.

Oversee institutional response and communications

Oversee institutional responses to requests for IEC records from external persons and agencies, including Freedom of Information Act requests, state and federal investigations, media inquiries, and litigation-related discovery requests. Oversee preparation of and deliver communications regarding IEC’s activities and efforts, including investigations, trainings, and other forms of response. Coordinate development of resource and communication materials relating to institutional equity and compliance functions.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

The associate to the chancellor for institutional equity and compliance will work with Chancellor Green to determine specific measures of success and their respective timetables. The search advisory committee offers the following general metrics for the position:

  • good working relationships with key partners across campus;
  • increased awareness among the campus community of IEC’s services and the many ways the office supports the university and its constituencies;
  • stakeholder confidence in the unit’s knowledge and expertise to assist the university in prohibiting discrimination and harassment and meeting its compliance responsibilities;
  • positive relationships with all IEC staff members and further reinforcement of the positive team culture within IEC—staff morale is high and they feel valued;
  • development and implementation of process improvements to enhance efficiency and effectively manage IEC’s workload;
  • timely responses to requests for records and to inquiries regarding IEC’s activities and efforts;
  • continuation of staff professional development and training compliant with state and federal mandates and best practices;
  • effective representation and advocacy for IEC within the university context and representing the university and IEC effectively with external stakeholders.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

Requirements include a record of successful administrative experience in diversity and equity, affirmative action, and resolution of discrimination and harassment complaints, preferably at a higher education institution or an organization with similar complexity; extensive knowledge of AA/EEO/civil rights and higher education laws; experience overseeing and/or personally conducting investigations on various issues related to discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and sexual harassment; and a JD or master’s degree in a related field or equivalent education and experience. The ideal candidate will present evidence of strategic agility, excellent judgment, supervisory experience, strong communication and interpersonal skills, impeccable integrity, and ability to respond with equanimity to crisis, criticism, high risk, and situations that are highly sensitive or have been escalated publicly or within the university.

DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

An Overview of the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance

Institutional Equity and Compliance provides leadership and support to the campus community. We serve as the civil rights office for the campus and handle all matters that involve any form of discrimination and/or harassment based upon a protected status and any form of sexual misconduct.

Areas served:

  • Title IX Coordinator
  • Civil Rights Investigator
  • Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Specialist
  • ADA/504 Compliance Officer
  • Director of Faculty/Staff Disability Services
  • Director of Accommodation Resources
  • Education and Outreach Coordinator
  • IEC Administrative Coordinator

Institution & Location

INSTITUTION: AN OVERVIEW

Institutional Background/History

Founded as a land-grant institution in 1869, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the flagship institution among the four universities of the University of Nebraska system. UNL ranks among the world’s leading universities and is the state’s primary intellectual center through its three primary missions of teaching, research, and service. The university’s land-grant tradition creates a state-wide responsibility to serve the needs of Nebraska and its citizens and, through Nebraska Extension and its partnerships with federal, state, and county agencies, the university has an outreach program in each county in the state.

UNL is designated in the Carnegie Classification system as a research university with very high research activity and a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. By connecting everything it does to its research, scholarship, and creative activity, the university ensures these innovations shape the education provided to its students. It is a member of the Big Ten Conference and the Big Ten Academic Alliance and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university completed a successful reaccreditation visit in 2017.

While a research-intensive institution, UNL faculty possess an extraordinary and primary focus on educational excellence. The university offers over 175 undergraduate majors and 173 graduate degree and certificate programs in its nine academic colleges. UNL holds access to high quality education as a principal part of its mission. In congruence with this value, the university enrolled 25,332 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in fall 2019.

These students comprise the most racially diverse and academically talented in the university’s 150-year history. Undergraduates learn from faculty who create new knowledge, who are leading scientists, artists, and scholars, and who care deeply about students’ success. The general education curriculum, Achievement-Centered Education, is built on student learning outcomes that answer the fundamental question: “What should all undergraduate students — irrespective of their majors and career aspirations — know or be able to do upon graduation?” The Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences program, University Honors program, and Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management exemplify this commitment to undergraduate success. UNL also provides attractive graduate education offerings and aims to foster a meaningful and excellent graduate student experience through its individual development plans, Preparing Future Faculty program, and Teaching Development program.

UNL is home to a distinguished standing faculty of over 1,600 engaged in groundbreaking research and professional practice that crosses disciplinary and professional boundaries. In addition to its regional and national collaborations, the university brings international dimensions to its programs through the faculty’s global engagement, a student body that includes students from throughout the world, exchange agreements with other universities abroad, and the incorporation of international components in a variety of courses and curricula.

For the second year, the University of Nebraska system ranked among the world’s top 100 in earning U.S. patents. The university’s top sources for federal funding include the National Science Foundation, U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health), Defense, Energy, Interior and Homeland Security. NUtech Ventures, UNL’s technology commercialization arm, brought in a record $6.1 million in licensing revenue in fiscal year 2019. With current research expenditures over $320 million, UNL seeks to grow to $450 million by 2025. UNL is regularly named a top research institution, whose students are awarded Fulbright scholarships, and UNL undergraduates consistently succeed in prestigious national scholarship competitions.

In fall 2019, UNL was listed 64th among public colleges and universities, 115th on the Best Value Schools list, and was included among the Top 100 schools on the Best A+ Schools for B Students list by U.S. News & World Report. High rankings on the Best Value Schools and Best A+ Schools for B Students lists affirms UNL’s success in its commitment to the land-grant mission: access to an affordable college education for all qualified students. UNL was named a “Best Buy” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018. It also ranks among the best universities for veteran and military student success in the United States. “Big Red” lifts Nebraska’s visibility nationally and allows the university to compete both athletically and academically. Nebraska athletes have earned more Academic All-American awards and NCAA Top Eight Awards than any other Division I institution.

The university’s state-aided budget is $1.3B with an endowment of $1.7B. UNL recently conducted a comprehensive review of its existing budget system in order to better align the university’s budget allocation with university goals and objectives. The institution has chosen to move from a centralized management model to an incentive-based management system. This new budget model is guided by some common RCM principles, in addition to the direction set forth in the university’s budget model redesign task force report.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has invested $1 billion over the last 10 years in significant academic and research facilities, including new construction and renovations. Plans for additional projects are underway. In addition, the University of Nebraska Foundation recently completed an extremely successful capital campaign raising over $1.8 billion, supporting undergraduate scholarships, study abroad scholarships, and graduate fellowships; support for endowed professorships, research professorships and chairs; support for targeted and identified academic and research programs; and support for campus facilities and infrastructure. Planning for the next major campaign is underway. UNL firmly believes that the campaign’s success would not have been possible without the strong support and appreciation from the citizens of the state of Nebraska. Nebraskans value higher education, which is the key to a strong workforce and vibrant economy. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s direct annual overall economic impact across the state of Nebraska was $2.2 billion (2019 Tripp Umbach Economic Contribution Report), including directly or indirectly supporting 18,497 jobs across the state.

Situated in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, UNL plays an integral part in the success and future of the city. As collaborative and open partners, the city of Lincoln and UNL are deeply committed to the success of their counterpart. UNL is consistently reminded of its support from the local area through regular attendance of its football gamedays, performing arts center events, and through partnerships such as the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy. The university also frequently seeks ways to partner with the city, and the Office of Student Affairs figures prominently in this work.

About Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln is a vibrant and safe city of nearly 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. With more parkland per capita than Austin, Portland, and all but a handful of U.S. cities; an extensive (and growing) bike trail network; many and diverse employment opportunities; and a low cost of living, Lincoln is one of the fastest growing metro areas in the Midwest.

Lincoln also has a flourishing business community and is the home of Nebraska’s state government. Lincoln boasts a highly educated workforce that is very attractive to business expansion and new business development. Leading industries are education, government, health care, banking, and insurance.

Lincoln has achieved the following distinctions:

  • #3 U.S. City, Quality of Life (NerdWallet, 2017)
  • Lincoln Public Schools was ranked second in quality of education in an eight-state area of the Midwest. In fact, Lincoln maintains the fourth highest percentage of graduating high school seniors in the nation.
  • #9 Best Places to Live (com 2019)
  • #1 in America’s Healthiest Small Cities (Daily Finance 2014)
  • Nebraska U named one of America’s Best Large Employers (Forbes, 2018)
  • 7th best city for college students (among cities with 250,000–1,000,000 residents) (American Institute for Economic Research, 2015)
  • Lincoln’s health care costs are among the lowest in the nation and according to a study by Milliman & Robertson, Inc., Nebraska businesses pay among the lowest in employee-paid insurance coverage.
  • Best Cities of 2016 (Smart Asset, 2016)
  • Bicycle Friendly Community (The League of American Bicyclists, 2016)
  • Top 20 – America’s Thriving Cities (The Daily Beast, 2013)

Role, Mission, and Values

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is part of the University of Nebraska system, which is governed by a Board of Regents whose members are elected by Nebraska voters. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln was chartered by the Legislature in 1869 and serves as both the land-grant and the comprehensive public university for the State of Nebraska. Those responsible for its origins recognized the value of combining the breadth of a comprehensive university with the professional and outreach orientation of the land-grant university, thus establishing a campus which has evolved to become the flagship campus of the University of Nebraska. The university works cooperatively with the other three campuses and Central Administration to provide for its student body and all Nebraskans the widest array of disciplines, areas of expertise, and specialized facilities of any institution within the state.

Through its three primary missions of teaching, research, and service, the university is the state’s primary intellectual center providing leadership throughout the state through quality education and the generation of new knowledge. The university’s graduates and its faculty and staff are major contributors to the economic and cultural development of the state. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln attracts a high percentage of the most academically talented Nebraskans and its graduates form a significant portion of the business, cultural, and professional resources of the state. The quality of primary, secondary, and other post-secondary educational programs in the state depends in part on the resources of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for curricular development, teacher training, professional advancement, and enrichment activities involving the university’s faculty, museums, galleries, libraries, and other facilities. The university provides for the people of the state unique opportunities to fulfill their highest ambitions and aspirations thereby helping the state retain its most talented youth, attract talented young people from elsewhere, and address the educational needs of the non-traditional learner.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has been recognized by the Legislature as the primary research and doctoral degree granting institution in the state for fields outside the health professions. Through its service and outreach efforts, the university extends its educational responsibilities directly to the people of Nebraska on a statewide basis. Many of the university’s teaching, research, and service activities have an international dimension in order to provide its students and the state a significant global perspective.

The Missions of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The role of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln as the primary intellectual and cultural resource for the state is fulfilled through the three missions of the university: teaching, research, and service. The university pursues its missions through the Colleges of Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, Engineering, Hixson Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, Journalism and Mass Communications, Law, the university-wide Graduate College, and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources which includes the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the Agricultural Research Division, the Cooperative Extension Division, and the Conservation and Survey Division. Special units with distinct missions include the University Libraries, Online and Distance Education, International Engagement, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Bureau of Business Research, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, the Sheldon Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden, the University of Nebraska State Museum, the University of Nebraska Press, the Water Center, the Nebraska Forest Service, the Nebraska State-wide Arboretum, and Intercollegiate Athletics.

To capitalize on the breadth of programs and the multidisciplinary resources available at Nebraska, a number of centers exist to marshal faculty from a variety of disciplines to focus teaching and research on specific societal issues and to provide technical assistance for business and industry in order to enhance their ability to compete in world markets. Additionally, interdisciplinary programs promote integration of new perspectives and insights into the instructional research and service activities.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln promotes respect for and understanding of cultural diversity in all aspects of society. It strives for a culturally diverse student body, faculty, and staff reflecting the multicultural nature of Nebraska and the nation. The university brings international and multicultural dimensions to its programs through the involvement of its faculty in international activities, a student body that includes students from throughout the world, exchange agreements with other universities abroad involving both students and faculty, and the incorporation of international components in a variety of courses and curricula.

Teaching, research, and service take on a distinctive character at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln because of its status as a comprehensive land-grant university. These traits permit opportunities for the integration of multiple disciplines providing students more complete and sophisticated programs of study. Its land-grant tradition ensures a commitment to the special character of the state and its people.

The faculty is responsible for the curricular content of the various programs and pursues new knowledge and truths within a structure that assures academic freedom in its intellectual endeavors. The curricula are designed to foster critical thinking, the re-examination of accepted truths, a respect for different perspectives including an appreciation of the multiethnic character of the nation, and a curiosity that leads to life-long learning. Additionally, an environment exists whereby students can develop aesthetic values and human relationships including tolerance for differing viewpoints.

Teaching

The people of Nebraska created the university to provide its citizens with the highest quality of post-secondary education. Therefore, a fundamental mission of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is teaching. The distinctiveness of the teaching mission at Nebraska lies in its range of undergraduate majors, the character and quality of the faculty, and the extracurricular environment. The university provides students with a wide choice of courses and career options which often expands the scope of their dreams and ambitions. The size and diversity of the university permits students to mature and to develop their own sense of self-confidence and individual responsibility. The course work is enriched by a faculty that is engaged in active research and creative activity and whose frame of reference is the national and international community of scholars.

Having created the first graduate college west of the Mississippi River, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has historically recognized graduate education to be a central and unique component of its mission. Thus, the university has primary responsibility in the state for graduate education, especially at the doctoral and professional levels. The university is unique in possessing the scope of programs necessary for multidisciplinary instruction at the graduate level, a faculty involved in research necessary to support graduate education, and the libraries, laboratories, computer facilities, museums, galleries, and other ancillary resources required for graduate instruction.

Research

Basic and applied research and creative activity represent a major component of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s mission, a component that is recognized in Nebraska legislative statutes, and in its status as a land-grant university. The quest for new knowledge is an essential part of a research university; it helps define and attract the type of faculty necessary to provide a university education; it distinguishes the quality of the undergraduate students’ classroom experience; and it is the necessary component of graduate instruction.

As part of its research mission, the university is dedicated to the pursuit of an active research agenda producing both direct and indirect benefits to the state. The special importance of agriculture, environment, and natural resources is addressed in its research priorities. In addition, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln conducts a high level of research and creative activities that address in specific ways the issues and problems that confront Nebraska. Through their research and creative activities, faculty at the university interact with colleagues around the world and are part of the network of knowledge and information that so influences our society. As a consequence, the university serves as the gateway through which Nebraska participates in and shares the gains from technological and cultural developments.

Service

The land-grant tradition creates for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln a special state-wide responsibility to serve the needs of Nebraska and its citizens. In addition, many of its service aspects extend to regional, national, and international clientele. The Cooperative Extension Division has a specific responsibility to bring the teaching and research resources of the university to a wider clientele. Through Cooperative Extension’s partnership with federal, state, and county agencies, the university has an outreach program in each county in the state. Moreover, all units of the university have a service and outreach mission.

To help accomplish this mission, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln delivers educational services through diverse ways including distance education and as a participant in the development of regional educational centers especially in those areas where it has state-wide responsibilities. The university recognizes its obligation to extend its resources beyond the campus and throughout the state. Serving the needs of Nebraska requires more than responding to the felt needs of the time. The university must be visionary in its planning and must help the citizens of the state prepare for the future as well as deal with the present.

Our Core Values & Beliefs

Our Core Values

In 2006, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln adopted its Core Values. The University community contributed to the development of these core values, which reflect our commitment to the ideals of a leading land-grant, comprehensive research university.

We value:

  • Learning that prepares students for lifetime success and leadership;
  • Excellence pursued without compromise;
  • Achievement supported by a climate that celebrates each person’s success;
  • Diversity of ideas and people;
  • Engagement with academic, business, and civic communities throughout Nebraska and the world;
  • Research and creative activity that inform teaching, foster discovery, and contribute to economic prosperity and our quality of life;
  • Stewardship of the human, financial, and physical resources committed to our care.

We demonstrate these values when we strive to assure that each individual is able to work and learn in an atmosphere of dignity, equity and inclusion.

We ask that all members of the University community be especially mindful of our responsibility to create an environment that is welcoming to all, where each person feels accepted, valued, and safe. To that end, we are providing the following belief statements to enhance and clarify our conviction to this principle.

Beliefs on Diversity and Inclusion

At the University of Nebraska, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and acceptance. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions be respectful, protect free speech and inspire academic freedom.

At the University of Nebraska:

  • We value equity, inclusion, and dignity for all.
  • We strive for excellence and recognize that our differences make us stronger. We respect and seek out inclusion of differences, realizing we can learn from each other.
  • We insist on a culture of respect, and recognize that words and actions matter. The absence of action and words also matter.
  • We believe in the freedom of speech, and encourage the civil and respectful expression of ideas and opinions.
  • We all share in the responsibility to create a positive culture and to safeguard equity, inclusion, dignity, and respect for all. Each member of the University community—faculty, staff and students—should be a role model for others.
  • We take action when we observe someone being treated unfairly or in a demeaning manner.

Strategic Plan

To read the complete U2025 strategic plan:

https://www.unl.edu/chancellor/docs/N2025-Strategic-Plan.pdf

Leadership

Dr. Ronnie D. Green – Chancellor

Ronnie D. Green became the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 20th chancellor on May 8, 2016.

Prior to being named chancellor, Green served for six years as the Harlan Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In this role, he also jointly served as the vice president for agriculture and natural resources of the University of Nebraska system. In 2015-16, Green also was UNL’s senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, the institution’s chief academic officer and responsible authority in the absence of the chancellor.

Green received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from Virginia Tech and Colorado State University, respectively. His doctoral program was completed jointly at the University of Nebraska and the USDA-ARS U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in animal breeding and genetics in 1988.

Green has served on the animal science faculties of Texas Tech University and Colorado State University, and as the national program leader for animal production research for the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and executive secretary of the White House’s interagency working group on animal genomics within the National Science and Technology Council. Prior to returning to NU, Green served as senior global director of technical services for Pfizer Animal Health’s animal genomics business.

Green has published 130 refereed publications and abstracts, nine book chapters, and 56 invited symposia papers and has delivered invited presentations in 43 U.S. states and 21 countries around the world. He is a past-president of both the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and the National Block and Bridle Club and has served in a number of leadership positions for the U.S. Beef Improvement Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Board, and the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. He currently is a member of a number of boards, including the Big Ten Conference, Neogen Corporation, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, and Supporters of Agricultural Research. He was named a fellow of ASAS in 2014 and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2015, and he received the Morrison Award, the highest academic honor given to an animal scientist, in 2017.

Dr. Elizabeth Spiller – Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Elizabeth Spiller has served as executive vice chancellor for academic affairs with a faculty appointment as a professor of English since March 2020.

Spiller came to Nebraska from the University of California, Davis, where she served as dean of the College of Letters and Science. At UC Davis, Spiller led the integration of three historic academic divisions into a single college. She also coordinated a push to eliminate the college’s existing deficit and directed expanded resources to advance academic programs and support faculty excellence.

Spiller also served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech. Under her guidance, an expansion of academic offerings led to a 60% increase in undergraduate applications and a more than 40% increase in incoming first-year students. She led initiatives related to faculty excellence, curricular innovation, and diversity and inclusion.

She is the author of two books, “Reading and History of Race in the Renaissance” (2011), and “Science, Reading and Renaissance Literature: The Art of Making Knowledge, 1580-1670” (2004), both published by Cambridge University Press. She has also edited two collections and is widely published. Spiller has twice been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and earned a Fulbright Fellowship.

Spiller holds a doctorate and MA in English and American language and literature from Harvard University; and a BA in English literature from Amherst College.

Academic Programs and Faculty

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln, chartered in 1869, is an educational institution of international stature. Nebraska, a member of the Big Ten Conference and the Big Ten Academic Alliance, is classified within the Carnegie “R1: Doctoral Universities–Highest Research Activity” category. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Always a place of high ambition, this was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees—the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world’s first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today’s Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world’s most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation’s leading teaching institutions and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln consistently ranks in the top tier of national research universities. In fact, we are ranked near the top third of all national universities, both public and private. In recent years, Nebraska has been ranked highly for value, graduation rate and access.

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Best Buy School, 2018

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#1 Best Value Law School in the U.S., 2016 and 2015

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Low Costs, High Graduation Rate

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The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is the intellectual center for the state of Nebraska, providing leadership in education and research. The citizens of Nebraska benefit from the knowledge and research generated by our faculty and students. This research-based service to Nebraska is a feature that distinguishes the land grant mission of our university.

The university’s research expenditures totaled more than $308 million in 2018, the most recent fiscal year for which expenditure information is available. The National Science Foundation accounted for 27 percent, followed by 21 percent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 20 percent from the National Institutes of Health and seven percent from the Department of Defense. Our goal is to approach $450 million in research expenditures by 2025.

The university’s faculty and staff are its most important resources. Working here comes with many benefits, not the least of which is the chance to participate in the ongoing pursuit of the highest aspirations of our state.

Total faculty, fall 2018:  1,687

Male: 990

Female: 697

White:  78.1%

Other:  21.9%

The Student Body

Enrollment

Male:                                     51.8%

Female:
48.2%

Ethnicity, undergraduate and graduate, fall 2018

Non-resident alien: 2,807

Hispanic/Latino:                 1,571

American Indian/Alaska Native: 69

Asian: 699

Black/African American: 676

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 16

White-Non Hispanic: 18,833

Two or More Races: 741

Unknown: 408

Total: 25,820

Benefits Overview

As an employee of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, you have the following benefits, among others, available to you:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vison insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Prescription drug plans
  • Long term care insurance
  • Long term disability insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Health savings account
  • Long term care insurance
  • Employee and dependent scholarship program
  • Leave benefits
  • Employee assistance program

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Jim Norfleet at jmn@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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