Lyn M. Holley, Ph.D.
Lyn M. Holley
- Dr. Chuck Powell Professor
- Gerontology, Professor
Lyn Meridew Holley, PhD is the Dr. Chuck Powell Professor in the Department of Gerontology at UNO, a 2015 UNO Service Learning Academy Faculty Fellow, and has served twice as Vice President of the UNO Faculty Senate. She teaches gerontology, the study of older adults and aging. Almost all her classes give students the opportunity to apply what they learn through service to the community and their profession. A member of the UNO Thompson Learning Community, Graduate Faculty, Native American Studies Faculty, and Honors Faculty, she has received awards for teaching excellence that include the 2009 UNO Alumni Association Teacher of the Year Award, the 2010 UNO Faculty Service Learning Award and nomination for the 2014 OTICA. Dr. Holley's research helps improve services for elders - in general and for minority elders, and helps 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. in Psychology from American University (1964). After working in Federal and International public service (including service in the US Army Reserve), she earned an M.P.A. (UNO, 1995) and Ph.D. (UNO, 1999). Following gerontology research at the University of Kansas and University Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she joined UNO's gerontology faculty in 2004.
Experiential/ discovery learning
Learning through Community Based Research
Community Engaged Service Learning
Global Curriculum Development
Publiic programs and services in re aging
Intergenerational Relationships and Ageism
Aging in re Ethnicity
Long-term Care staffing policies and programs
Technical assistance and advice to Nebraska state unit on aging and in Omaha metro area to Area Agencies on Aging,Local businesses, and nonprofit and advocacy organizations. Memberships on Boards of elder-servicing nonprofits. Initiation, development and maintenance of town-gown partnerships that carry out activities to bridge the generation gap; most notably the UNO Athletes and Elders Program, and the annual Intergenerational Poetry Contest. Continue to help maintain the biennial Aging with Passion and Purpose Conference that counters Ageism.
Serve the profession through publishing research in professional journals and participating in professional conferences, and as a Committee Co-Chair and interest group Co-Convenor in the leading national association for gerontology research. Faculty Co-Advisor of the UNO Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega the national academic honor society for gerontology.
Serve the university of Nebraska at Omaha and my college as a member of the Faculty Senate and other campus governance organizations, and extensive service on working committees.