Educational Leadership Faculty & Staff
Dr. Jeanne Lorraine Surface
- Assistant Professor
- Educational Leadership, Education
- RH 312 H
- Tel: 402.554.4014
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Surface is an experienced practitioner in the field of education serving 2 years as Superintendent and 1 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.
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. I enjoy teaching and I am particularly passionate about teaching School Law.
Advanced Seminar in Educational Research
Independent Study for Doctoral students
School Business Management
Administration and Supervision in Schools
Practicum in Educational Administration and Supervision
Research and Creative Interests
I have always loved to write and my success sometimes surprises me. The past year has been a productive one, thankfully. I have three rather significant research items on my agenda during this academic year. I have agreed to write a monthly law review of cases in the state of New York for the Education Law Association. Being a School Law reporter keeps me very busy each month. I will also serve as a guest editor for an upcoming theme issue on Leadership in the Rural Context and I will also serve as a Co-editor for a special issue of the Clearing House on School Law. My research interests include all areas of School Law but particular interest in Torts, First Amendment, Adolescent Dating Violence, Sexual predators in schools and Sexual Violence in Colleges.
Rural Educational leadership:
Similarities between Urban and Rural Education
Service continues to be a signficant part of my work. My service to the profession included a session chair and discussant for the American Educational Research Association, Division A. I am currently serving as a guest editor for the Peabody Journal of Education special issue on Rural Educational Leadership. I am also serving as a Co-Editor for the Special Issue of the Clearinghouse Journal of Education devoted to School Law. I served as a reviewer for conference proposals for Division A, Section 5 of the American Educational Research Association and the Co-Chair of the nominating committee for the Rural Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.
At the University Level, I served on the program review team for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. This included a three day review of the program with a team of internal and external reviews who reviewed the Aviation Institute and the School of Public Affairs. I also served on the advisory team for the NU Rural Futures Institute and the planning committee for the Great Plains Symposium on Rural School Consolidation.
Locally at the University I am serving on the Faculty Senate, the Education, Resources and Services subcommittee of the Faculty Senate. I also serve on the University Committee on Facilities the Chancellors Commission on the Status of Women, the University Graduate Council and it's Committee B. I also served on the Graduate Council's subcommittee for commencement preparation.
For the College of Education, I served as the chairman of the Academic, Standards and Policy Committee, and the Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee. I continue to serve on the technology committee for the college steering my interest toward social networking and an now serving as the Graduate Committee representing EDAD in the College of Education.
For the Department of Educational Administration and Supervision, I continue to serve on the curriculum committee, and will serve again this year on the Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee. In addition to this work, I have written proposals for the teaching circles, community engagement links and research triangles for our department for the past two years.
At the Community level, I serve as a deputy registrar and have been working to register voters on campus. As part of my work with the Chancellors Commission on the Status of Women we reach out to the community with our Legendary Women Luncheon that takes place in the spring.
I am involved in the Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consoritum (MOEC) Assessment Task force with colleagues from in the schools. An opportunity arose last fall to submit a prospoal to assess our EDAD program. I wrote a hranand have led our departments work on assessment. This involved meeting with area Superintendents to discuss our program, how they view its success, and changes they suggest for improvement based upon students they hire.
Finally, my work with Rural Futures Institute, while based at the University at large, is all about improving community life in Nebraska. Having lived in several rural communities. have a deep understanding of rural life, my role in this effort is not only about the engagement of school, with their communities but, to help build interdependence between communities---- rural, suburban and urban across our entire state. Nebraska's unique population density calls for more understanding of the challenges that we face together as a state. In addition to the work at the NU level, I am now working with VC Reed and his assistant Dan Gilbert in finding ways to engage UNO in the work of the institute and finding ways to advance the work of colleagues at UNO and our state.
EDD - Educational Leadership
University of Wyoming (Laramie, Wyoming) 2006
MA - Principalship 7-12 & K-6 Principal Endorsement
University of Nebraska at Kearney (Kearney, NE) 1994
BS - Vocational Home Economics
University of Nebraska at Kearney (Kearney, NE) 1983
Nominated for the AERA Rural SIG Dissertation Award (Scholarship/Research) 2005
Leadership Associate (Leadership) 1997
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