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UNO Advanced Placement® Summer Institute
UNO Advanced Placement Summer Institute



The 2015 Advanced Placement® Summer Institute will be taught by these UNO Faculty members and College Board® consultants:

Calculus AB/BC: Janice Rech

Chemistry: Edmund Tisko

English Language and Composition: David Peterson

English Literature and Composition: Charles Johanningsmeier

French Language and Culture: Juliette Parnell

Government and Politics, U.S. : Randall Adkins

U.S. History: Bradley Dyke

Spanish Language and Culture: David Marlow

Statistics: Christopher True



Calculus AB/BC

Janice Rech is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and focuses on the teaching and learning of mathematics. Her current interest is in the mathematical preparation of elementary teachers. Dr. Rech works closely with high school AP* Calculus teachers in the University’s dual enrollment program .

Edmund Tisko, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, teaches General Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. Dr. Tisko is a certified College Board consultant and has taught college preparatory chemistry at the high school level. He has given molecular modeling workshops to high school students and teachers, as well as AP Chemistry workshops. His interests include intramolecular forces and first-year college pedagogy.


English Language & Composition
David Peterson, a certified College Board consultant, teaches First Year Writing, Advanced Composition, Technical Communications and various literature courses. Peterson also administers the department’s Dual Enrollment Program and is currently working on several projects, which include a study of biased language and an examination of student writing in the online class environment.


English Literature & Composition
Charles Johanningsmeier, Professor of English, teaches American Literature, with a specialization in the period 1800-1915. Dr. Johanningsmeier, who has also taught high school English, is especially proud of a course he developed recently entitled "American Classics," in which secondary education majors and practicing high school English teachers have the opportunity to broaden and deepen their understandings of those American novels most often taught in American high schools.


French Language and Culture

Juliette Parnel is an Associate Professor of French at UNO. She was raised and educated in France. Her research interests are French cultural studies and pedagogy. She is an IB and AP* reader in French. She has extensive experience in conducting AP* workshops in French Language nationally and regionally. She is also the Director of a UNO summer program in France for students and teachers of French in Besançon.


Government and Politics, U.S.

Randall Adkins is Chair of the Graduate Program in Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and teaches courses in American government, including the Presidency, Congress, Political Parties, and Campaigns and Elections. Dr. Adkins has offered numerous AP* Workshops throughout the Midwest. His research is published in American Politics Quarterly, American Politics Research, and Journal of Political Marketing among others. Dr. Adkins is a former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.


U.S. History

Bradley Dyke has taught U.S. History and Political Science at the high school and college levels; Dyke recently took early retirement from Des Moines Area Community College, where he served as the Program Chair of Political Science. Dyke is currently working on an undergraduate textbook on Terrorism; he is also a Civil War re-enactor, demonstrating the persona of a pre-Civil War "bushwhacker" from the Missouri-Kansas Border War period. Bradley Dyke is an active consultant for the College Board's AP U.S. History and teaches the AP U.S. History curriculum to high school instructors and is a reader for the AP* U.S. History examinations.

Spanish Language & Culture

David Marlow is a National Board Certified Teacher who has taught for thirty-seven years at the high school level. He has studied language, literature and culture at the Universities of Madrid, Salamanca and Santiago de Compostela; Marlow is a recipient of two NEH fellowships, has won awards for using technology in the World Language classroom, and is a King Juan Carlos Scholar. David Marlow is an AP Spanish Language/Pre-AP World Language consultant who has taught workshops from WV to the Ukraine, is a national AP mentor in Spanish Language and Literature, and a table leader for the Spanish Language Exam. He served on the WV Governor's Commission on International Education, was vice president of WV Spanish Teachers Organization and president of the WV Foreign Language Teachers Association. Marlow was the 2002 WV Foreign Language Teacher of the Year.


Christopher True has been teaching AP Statistics and AP Calculus in Nebraska since 1998.  He has served as an AP Statistics reader, table leader and a member of the rubric team for the past 14 years.  He has presented dozens of AP Statistics Summer Institutes, College Board workshops, AP Annual Conferences, National Math and Science teacher trainings and student study sessions.  He has also presented at several regional, national and international Texas Instruments T3 conferences.  True has served as the Director of Advanced Placement Mathematics Programs for the National Math and Science Initiative.  He currently teaches Calculus II and III at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he also serves as a coach and mentor to the graduate teaching assistants who are teaching the recitation sections of Calculus I and II.  In addition to teaching, he also teaches an introductory Statistics course at Southeast Community College and leads a committee for the College Board called AP Insight.  In this capacity, he is responsible for identifying challenge areas and creating resources for AP Statistics teachers.