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Lisa Scherer

Lisa Scherer received her PhD. from the Ohio State University in 1989 and has since served as a faculty member in the industrial-organizational psychology program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has taught 17 different courses for the psychology department at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She has served as a research mentor for more than 100 graduate students in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and over 300 undergraduate psychology students, with her students winning numerous scholarships and awards. She has been awarded both the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Excellence in Teaching Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Mentoring Award.  As the former director of the UNO Industrial-Organizational Psychology graduate program, she developed programs and criteria for evaluating graduate student success and retention across a three-year period.  As the evaluator for a grant awarded to the Ohio State College of Medicine, she examined medical climate and experiences for female medical students and their rate of retention versus males.  Also as an evaluator for a grant team for the Women in Medicine Group at Creighton College of Medicine, she evaluated the work-life stress and coping of female physicians and their subsequent rate of promotion versus male physicians.  Together with teams of graduate students, Dr. Scherer has provided consulting services to over 50 organizations attempting to improve employee selection, performance evaluation, literacy, training, leadership, motivation, and wellness programs.  Additionally, she is a certified ACT Workkeys Evaluator and evaluated literacy-to-work success of all high school students in Omaha, NE across a three-year period. In June of 2013, Dr Scherer became the Co-Director with Dr. Joseph Allen of the Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA) at UNO (www.unomaha.edu/unopsychvpa). VPA-UNO applies principles and best practices from industrial-organizational psychology to improve volunteer performance, satisfaction and retention and thus contribute to nonprofit effectiveness. In their first year, she and Dr. Allen have recruited and trained 30 graduate and undergraduate students who have helped provide free assessment and consulting services to over 50 non-profit organizations, representing over 1.5 million of in-kind donations. She has also volunteered extensively in the community, most recently serving CASA Omaha, Creighton Preparatory High School, Lakeside Hospital, Midwest Dog Rescue, the Omaha Symphony Guild, and St. Wenceslaus. Dr. Scherer was elected to serve as the President of the UNO Faculty Senate for the 2014-2015 and currently chairs the Psychology Undergraduate Program Committee.

Contact Information
Psychology Office: 347-J ASH
Phone: (402) 554-2698
VPA-UNO Office: 223-C CEC
Phone: (402) 554-3575
Email: lscherer@unomaha.edu
Address: Department of Psychology
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182-0274

Academic Appointments
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Nebraska-Omaha (1995 to Present)
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Nebraska-Omaha (1988-1995)

Noteworthy Teaching
Currently assisting with development of concentration for new master’s of creativity and critical thinking, courses to start in 2015

Graduate Classes Taught:
Personnel Selection (Psychology 9670)
Training and Organizational Development (Psychology 9620)
Research Process in I/O Psychology (Psychology 9650)
Problem Solving and Decision Making (Psychology 9030)
Contemporary Issues in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Psychology 9030)
Job Evaluation and Compensation (Psychology 9910)
*Practica in Industrial Psychology (Psychology 8950)
*Practica in Organizational Psychology (Psychology 9950)
*Thesis (Psychology 8990)
*Research Other Than Thesis (Psychology 9960)     

Undergraduate Classes Taught:
Social Psychology (Psychology 3450)
Research Methods (Psychology 2140/Now Psychology 3140)
Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Psychology 3620)
Abnormal Psychology (Psychology 4440/8446)
Organizational Psychology (Psychology 4630/Psychology 8636)
Human Factors Engineering (Psychology 4610/Psychology 8616)
*Readings in Psychology (Psychology 4900)
*Research Problems in Psychology (Psychology 4960)
*Senior Thesis (Psychology 4990)
*Those courses marked with an asterisk required small group as well as one-on-one coaching/mentoring

Service Activities
2014-2015                   President, UNO Faculty Senate
2014 (Jan-May)           President-Elect, UNO Faculty Senate Executive Committee
2011-2013                   Faculty Senate, Member, Faculty Personnel and Welfare Committee
2013-Present               Co-Director, Volunteer Program Assessment at UNO
2012-2013                   Chair, Psychology Department Undergraduate Committee
2013 (June-Oct)          UNO Wellness Fair Committee
2013-Present               Creator, Contributor and Editor, College of Arts & Sciences Wellness Newsletter   
2012-Present               FUSE Panel, Social Sciences Division
2011-Present               Arts & Sciences Representative, UNO Wellness Council
2010-Present               Psychology Department Library Liaison
2010-Present               Member, Community Engagement Link, Psychology Dual Enrollment
2001-Present               Psychology Dept. Advisory Committee (2001-2004; 2007-2009; 2011- Present)
1988-Present               Industrial/Organizational Psychology Graduate Committee
1989-Present               Founder & Faculty Advisor, University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (Co-Advisor with Roni Reiter-Palmon 1996-Present)

Awards
Outstanding Reviewer, Midwest Academy of Management (2012)
Outstanding Reviewer, Midwest Academy of Management (2011)
American Psychological Association (2011). Small scholarship for faculty mentoring activities for Work, Stress, and Health conference, Orlando, FL ($1,000)
Outstanding Reviewer, Academy of Management (2006)
University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Graduate Mentoring Award (2003)
University of Nebraska at Omaha's Excellence in Teaching Award (1998)

Research Interests/Projects

Organizational Problem Solving and Decision Making
Mood and Emotion in the Workplace
Work Life Interface
Volunteerism

Student Awards/Scholarships/Outcomes (2013-2014)

19 graduate students mentored and co-authored on conference papers (2013-2014)
7 undergraduate students mentored and co-authored on conference papers (2013-2014)

FUSE

2014:
Albert Blanco (Generalized self-efficacy as a moderator of work-school demands on burnout and outcomes for working college students)
Savannah Hunter (An application of the work-demands resources model to understanding working college student outcomes)

2013:
Justin Barnes (Incivility as a function of sleep quality among working college students [$2,000])
Hanna Schleu (Coping skills as a moderator of work-school conflict on the effects of sleep duration, mood state, and general well-being [$2,500])
Sheridan Trent (Resilience as a moderator of work-school conflict on excessive daytime sleepiness, job satisfaction, and general well-being [$2,000])

GRACA (2013)

Elizabeth Harp (What underlies the pursuit of missing information in negotiations? An examination of possible mediating processes [$4,933])

UCRCA (2013-2014)

Elizabeth Harp (What underlies the pursuit of missing information in negotiations? An examination of possible mediating processes [$500])
Desiree Johnson (A closer look at the effects of actions versus inactions on post-decisional regret: Do perceptions of self versus others play a role? [$500])

Service-Learning Grants (2014)

Elizabeth Harp [$450]
Christine Quick [$450]
Heather Tice [$450]

Congratulations to the Graduates of May 2014!

Dr. Scherer's 2014 Graduates

From left to right:

Stephanie Mueller, MS
Practicum: Oriental Trading Company, Omaha, NE

Christy Quick, MA
Thesis: Influence of distributive justice on volunteer satisfaction and intentions to quit as a function of the importance of outcomes

Eric Faurote, PhD
Dissertation: Work-family conflict and employee health

Beth Harp, MA
Thesis: What underlies the pursuit of missing information in negotiations? An examination of possible mediating processes
Practicum: HDR, Omaha, NE

Desiree Johnson, MA
Thesis: A closer look at the effects of actions versus inactions on post-decisional regret: Do perceptions of self versus others play a role?
Practicum: Silverstone, Omaha, NE

Heather Tice, MS
Practicum: Cobalt Astra, Overland Park, KS

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