Marjorie J. Kostelnik, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, came to UNL in 2000 as dean of the College of Human Resources and Family Sciences. In 2004, Human Resources and Family Sciences merged with Teachers College to become one of the first colleges of Education and Human Sciences.
Kostelnik received a bachelor of science in child development from the University of Pittsburgh and began her career working with Head Start, before receiving her master's and doctoral degrees in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University. She was on faculty at Michigan State University for 22 years, serving first as program supervisor of the Child Development Laboratories and then as chair of the department of Family and Child Ecology.
She has taught a variety of classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and her research focuses on early childhood education and community coalition building. She previously served as vice president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, treasurer of the Board on Human Sciences, and chair for the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, a consortium of universities engaged in distance education. She has recently been elected to the newly formed Board on Human Sciences Board of Directors.