Dr. Jeanne Lorraine Surface
- Educational Leadership, Associate Professor
Dr. Surface is an experienced practitioner in the field of education serving two years as Superintendent and one year as Assistant Superintendent of Park County School District #16 in Meeteetse, Wyoming. During her first year in the district as superintendent, Jeanne led the work that brought the school from a devastating loss of accreditation to full accreditation. In one year the school district had successfully responded to sixteen corrective actions, aligned the district curriculum to standards, embedded standard into all high school courses, aligned assessments to benchmarks, developed the body of evidence plan which served as a pathway to the three-tiered diploma system. Dr. Surface also served as principal at Prairie View Elementary School in Ogallala, Nebraska, and served as the secondary principal in the Wakefield Community School system in Wakefield, Nebraska. While in Wakefield, Dr. Surface worked closely with Wayne State College establishing a professional development school within the K-12 environment. The district was also deeply engaged in the Annenberg Rural Challenge initiative to improve rural students educational outcomes. Dr. Surface began her educational career in Roseland, Nebraska, where she taught Family and Consumer Science for the Silver Lake Schools. Dr. Surface received her Doctor of Education degree, in Educational Leadership from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Her Master's and Bachelor's degrees were both earned at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, Nebraska. Dr. Surface is a Leadership Associate, graduating from John Goodlad's Institute for Educational Inquiry program in Seattle, Washington.
It is a joy to work with students on their dissertations. I enjoy teaching Qualitative Research and help students uncover data using the remarkable research approaches available.I continue to grow as an educator, and I am blessed to be in the Department of Educational Leadership and this college because of the significant support that I have for teaching. My teaching passion surrounds school law.School LawContemporary Issues in School LawSpecial Education LawQualitative ResearchEducational Leadership Summit
I have always loved to write, and my success sometimes surprises me. My research interests are predominately school law with a particular interest in Title IX Investigation, Torts, First Amendment, Adolescent Dating Violence, Sexual predators in schools and Sexual Violence in Colleges. I have written several hundred short legal reviews for the Education Law Association.Rural education is a significant interest as well especially surrounding the impact of school consolidation, degradation of rural citizens, rural schools and communities, and the power of place-based learning.Other areas include social justice, women, and leading the dissertation process.I am the author of two books: Women in Educational Leadership and Prepare to Chair: Leading the Dissertation and Thesis Process.
My most recent service work has been to the University. I serve as the Chair of the UNO Wellness Coalition. Part of my work in the leadership role of the Wellness Coalition has been the work of developing a cooperative relationship between the UNO Wellness Coalition and the UNMC Wellbeing Coordinating Council. The American College Health assessment has also been a focus of my work as we dissect the data to evaluate the needs of the students on our campus. I was a member of the UNO Graduate Council, Courses programs and evaluations committee where I have served as the chairman and a member of the scholarship selection committee all at the University level and also serving on the graduate council for the College of Education. I am serving as a University Faculty Senate member for the 2nd time in my tenure, the second term as Vice President and a member of the Education, Resources and Services committee. I also serve on the University Committee on Library and Learning Resources to support the work of the Library on our campus. I am hearing officer for Title IX hearings on campus and have been through the formal training and served as the session chair for a student conduct hearing. It was an honor to serve on the selection committee for the Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activities. I am currently serving on the advisory board for the Early Learning Network for the NU system.
Oltman , Gretchen, Surface, Jeanne, Keiser, Kay. 2019. Prepare to Chair: Leading the Dissertation and Thesis Process, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 172.
Surface, Jeanne. 2016. Losing a way of life: The closing of a class I school in Nebraska, The Country School Journal , 3, 2015.
Oltman, Gretchen , Surface, Jeanne. 2017. Living Education Law in 2017: How Facebook, Prayer, Toilets, and Guns Impact Today’s Teachers, The Clearinghouse: a Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas and .
Surface, Jeanne. The Rural Superintendency: Negotiating the interplay between local and national need., Journal for Research in Rural Education.
Surface, Jeanne, Theobald, Paul. 2014. Changing the Conversation in Rural Schools, Peabody Journal of Education, 89, 5, 570-579.
Department, College, and University
Academic Planning Council, Committee Member, Monitor the quality and assist in the ongoing development of UNO's academic programs and units. Served on the site visit review team School of Public administration., 08/01/2018 - 08/31/2018
Executive Council, University Senate Service, The faculty senate vice-president shall preside over the Senate during the absence of the faculty senate president and over the executive council except in June and July, and perform such other duties as appropriate to the office. Weekly meetings include: Faculty Senate Meeting; Executive Council; Executive Council and UNO administration; and Executive Council and Committee chairs. , 05/15/2019 - present
The Rural Educator, Reviewer, Journal Article, Peer reviewer for Rural Educator, a journal that is part of the National Rural Education Association, 02/02/2019 - present
American Educational Research Association, Rural Education Special Interest Group, Chairperson, Work with the membership to selected a group of leaders for the group. , 08/01/2008 - 08/31/2008
American Journal of Qualitative Research , Editorial Review Board Member, My responsibility to the journal is typical of a member of an editorial board. I review journal articles and support the journal as a practitioner. , 03/01/2018 - 03/31/2018