The UNO Service Learning Academy (SLA) Faculty Fellows program is a critical component in the University’s efforts to accomplish its strategic plan. Specifically, Goal 3 of the strategic plan states that “UNO will be recognized for its outstanding engagement with the urban, regional, national, and global communities….As an engaged campus, UNO is fully committed to creating value through mutually beneficial partnerships where information and expertise is shared and applied for the common good.”
The SLA Faculty Fellows program has been designed to empower experienced and committed service learning faculty to cultivate and support interest in service learning in their fellow faculty members – a means by which to “increase the number of undergraduate and graduate courses with service learning components.” The program also supports the “scholarship of engagement” through its faculty development and conference presentation components.
Service Learning Faculty Fellows will recruit and mentor faculty. They will deliver workshops and presentations at the university level as well as at regional or national scholarly conferences. Meet the sprint 2014 faculty fellows:
Lyn M. Holley, Ph.D.
Dr. Holley is a full Professor at UNO and currently serving as Vice President of the UNO Faculty Senate. She teaches courses in gerontology, which is the study of older adults and aging. Almost all of her classes give UNO students the opportunity to apply what they learn through service to the community. She is the past recipient of awards for teaching excellence which include the 2009 UNO Alumni Association Teacher of the Year Award, the 2010 UNO Faculty Service Learning Award and her college’s nomination for the 2014 OTICA.
Dr. Holley does research to help improve services for elders - in general and for minority elders, also to help improve intergenerational relationships. She has published articles in several journals, including “The Gerontologist,” “Educational Gerontology,” “Gerontology and Geriatrics Education”, and “Public Performance Management Review”. She earned her B.A. from American University in 1964, her M.P.A. from UNO in 1995 and her Ph.D. from UNO in 1999. After working in gerontology research at the University of Kansas and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she joined the UNO faculty in 2004.
Nancy Kelley-Gillespie, Ph.D.
Dr. Nancy Kelley-Gillespie joined the University of Nebraska at Omaha faculty in the fall of 2005 and is currently an Associate Professor with the Grace Abbott School of Social Work and serves as the MSW Coordinator. Dr. Kelley-Gillespie received her PhD in Social Work with a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Utah, Master’s degree in Social Service Administration from The University of Chicago, Bachelor’s of Social Work degree with a minor in developmental psychology from Moorhead State University in Minnesota, and her Associate of Arts degree and Certificate in Developmental Disabilities from Minot State University in North Dakota. Her background has been primarily in the fields of aging and developmental disabilities, holding mostly direct care, case management, coordinating and supervisory, and administrative positions in community-based organizations. She also has extensive experience working with adjudicated adults under legal guardianship who have been victims of elder abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation.
Her research, practice, and policy interests include quality of life and quality of care of older adults and people with disabilities; behavioral healthcare across the lifespan; community long-term care initiatives for older and disabled adults; family and nonfamily caregiving issues across the lifespan; elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation; end-of-life care; service-learning and civic engagement; community building; program evaluation; and nonprofit administration.