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2009.02.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

New College of Education Dean Appointed at UNO

Omaha - Nancy Edick, acting associate dean for the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Education, has been named dean of the college, effective July 1, 2009.

In announcing the appointment, UNO’s senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs Terry Hynes said, “Dr. Edick’s ties to UNO and the Omaha community combined with her outstanding track record as a teacher make her the ideal person to lead the College of Education at this time.”

Edick began her professional career as a classroom teacher in the Omaha Public Schools. She served as project director for UNO’s Career Advancement and Development for Recruits and Experienced (CADRE) teachers program from 1993-2001. From 2001-2006 she was executive director of the UNO-based Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium (MOEC), a collaboration with superintendents, their school districts and learning communities.

Edick is a tenured associate professor in teacher education at UNO. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Scholarship and Practice, Academic Leadership, The Teacher Educator and Educational Considerations, among other publications. She also has made numerous presentations at major professional meetings.

In addition, Edick has received grants and awards for her teaching and service. She has made significant contributions to UNO and the Omaha metropolitan community through her engagement in such activities as UNO’s Center for Collaboration Science, the UNO Faculty Senate, the National Safety Council of Greater Nebraska, the Children’s Hospital Friends Board and the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Selection Committee.

“It is an honor and a tremendous privilege to be selected to serve as dean,” Edick said in accepting her appointment. “The College of Education has a legacy of excellence because of its outstanding students, dedicated faculty and staff and committed community partners.

“During UNO’s 100th anniversary, it is inspiring to reflect on what we’ve accomplished. I look forward to providing leadership to advance our college in the 21st century,” sheadded.

Edick holds an Ed. D. in educational administration and supervision from the University of Nebraska at Omaha-Lincoln joint program, an M.S. in supervision and administration and a B.S. in elementary education, both from UNO. She will succeed David Conway, interim dean of the college since 2008, and John Langan, dean of the college from 2004-2008.

The College of Education serves more than 1,400 undergraduate students and approximately 900 graduate students. The college is professionally accredited by several state and national professional accrediting agencies and organizations.

The appointment is subject to approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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