Dr. Jeanne Lorraine Surface
- Education, 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.
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.
Contemporary Issues in School Law
Special Education Law
Educational Leadership Capstone
Two new courses are developing: Contemporary Issues in School Law; and Higher Education Law and Policy
I have always loved to write, and my success sometimes surprises me. My research interests are predominately school law with a particular interest in Torts, First Amendment, Adolescent Dating Violence, Sexual predators in schools and Sexual Violence in Colleges. I have written many short legal reviews for the Education Law Association. Rural education is a significant interest as well especially surrounding the impact of school consolidation. Other areas include social justice, women, and leading the dissertation 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.