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UNO Advanced Placement® Summer Institute
UNO Advanced Placement Summer Institute



The 2014 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

Spanish Language and Culture: David Marlow

Physics 1 and 2: Connie Wells



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.



Connie Wells is a Physics and AP Physics B and C teacher at Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Missouri. An A.P. Physics teacher since 1991, she has been active in test scoring and development for The College Board, serving on the AP Physics Test Development Committee from 1997-2001. From 1995 to 2006, she served in various roles as Reader, Table Leader and Question Leader for the A.P. Physics Reading.  As a workshop leader and College Board institute consultant, she has presented teacher training institutes throughout the United States and abroad.  She is currently Chair of the Committee on Teacher Preparation for the American Association of Physics Teachers. Appointed by The College Board to the AP Physics Redesign Commission in 2006, she is Co-Chair of the AP Physics 2 Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee.