Great Plains Fellows


Welcome fall 2016 new Fellows and Associate Fellows

The Center welcomes 15 new Great Plains Fellows:

Liliana Bronner is a member of the Department of Family Medicine at UNMC whose interests include health science education, health disparities, and women's health.

Robert Brooke is the John E. Weaver professor of English at UNL who specializes in rural education, composition and rhetoric, critical theory. He also serves as the director of the Nebraska Writing Project.

Julie Campbell is an associate professor and chair of the criminal justice department at UNK.

Laura Cannon is an assistant professor in history at UNK. Her focus is U.S.-Mexico borderlands, labor history, and citizenship and civil rights.

Bree Dority is an associate professor of economics at UNK who has done work on salary, rural schools, and labor markets.

Brandon Grimm is the director of the office of public health practice at UNMC. His professional interests include the workforce and leadership development.

Margaret Huettl is an assistant professor of history and ethnic studies at UNL focused on Native American history and the history of the American West. Her research examines indigenous sovereignty settler colonialism in a transnational context.

Shawn Kaskie is the director for the Center for Rural Research and Development at UNK specializing in regional planning and economic development.

Max Mueller is an assistant professor of classics and religious studies at UNL who specializes in the history of American religion and the history of the American West's race and religion.

Regina Robbins is an assistant professor for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Native Americans Studies Program at UNO. She specializes in medical humanities, language and education, and preventative and societal medicine.

Travis Robbins is a faculty member in the department of Biology at UNO.

Jacob Rosdail is an assistant professor in communications at UNK who specializes in digital storytelling and video production.

Melynda Seaton is the curator/museum administrator of the Great Plains Art Museum at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Seaton has a PhD in art history from the University of Oklahoma with a specialization in art of the American West and photography.

Elizabeth Theiss-Morse is a Willa Cather Professor of political science and associate dean for faculty at the College of Arts and Sciences at UNL. Her research examines public opinion concerning democracy and civil liberties.

David Vail is a assistant professor at UNK in environmental and agricultural history, science and technology, and the Great Plains. Vail's current work is in the history of aerial pesticide application and food production in North American grasslands.

Theresa Wadkins is a professor and department chair of the psychology department at UNK. Her research interests include procrastination, teaching issues, and assessment.


The Center also welcomes 12 new Great Plains Associate Fellows:

Sara Gregg is an associate professor of environmental history of North America and agricultural history at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on the intersections between agricultural production and environmental change.

Karen Hansen is a professor of sociology and women's, gender and sexuality studies at Brandeis University. Her expertise includes contemporary families, historical sociology, and the sociology of gender.

Michel Hogue is an associate professor of history at the University of Carleton in Ottawa, Canada. His research interests include the Metis, the fur trade, and first peoples of the Great Plains. He is also the winner of the 2016 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize.

Elizabeth Jameson is a history professor at the University of Calgary in Canada. Her work focuses on women's history in the American West.

Lori Ann Lahlum is a faculty member in the history department at Minnesota State University in Mankato. Her fields of study include the American West, women's and gender history, and Norwegian America.

Kurt Mantonya is a senior associate at the Heartland Center for Leadership Development. His research focuses on ethnographic and anthropological research. He brings experience in Native American and Latino issues.

Tyra Olstad is a lecturer in geography at the State University of New York - Oneonta. Her courses include environmental science, monitoring, and history.

Byron Price is the Charles Marion Russell Memorial Chair and director of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West at the University of Oklahoma. Price is also the director of the University of Oklahoma Press.

Shirley Sneve is the executive director of Vision Maker Media, a film production organization with a mission to empower and engage Native People to tell stories.

Kate Schneider is a Canadian-based artist who photographed the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline for the exhibition "We, the Heartland" at the Great Plains Art Museum in 2016.

Kristine Sudbeck is a research and development adviser at Nebraska Indian Community College, as well as a faculty member. Sudbeck is also a former Great Plains Graduate Fellow.

Gwen Westerman is an artist and faculty member in the English department at Minnesota State University in Mankato. She specializes in Native American literature and created the art for her solo exhibition at the Great Plains Art Museum titled "The Art and Poetry of Gwen Westerman."

FELLOW NOMINATION PROCEDURE

Next nomination period: March 1 - 27, 2017

Fellows of the Center shall include scholars presently holding regular appointments at the University of Nebraska who are concerned with the past, the present, and the future of the Great Plains. Candidates for this status must be nominated by a Fellow and must present evidence of a research, teaching, or public service commitment to the Plains region. Fellows are elected upon recommendation of the Nominating Committee and by a majority of the Board of Governors.

Membership (Governance Document, Article IV, Section 1)

Documentation

Three documents are required for the nomination

  1. A letter from the nominee indicating interest in becoming a Fellow
  2. Nominee’s current short vita (around two pages)
  3. Letter of nomination from a current Fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies Documentation should be sent by the nominator to:

Richard Edwards, Director Center for Great Plains Studies
University of Nebraska
1155 Q Street,
PO Box 880214
Lincoln, NE 68588-0214

or emailed to cgps@unl.edu

Procedure

Upon receipt of the nomination at the Center, it will be sent to the five-member Nominations Committee for their consideration. Following approval, they forward the nomination in the form of a seconded motion to the twelve-person Board of Governors. The Board of Governors votes on acceptance of the nominee. The Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies will notify the nominee and the nominator of the results of the Board action.

Other

No fee is required for designation as a Fellow. Fellows are kept apprized of all Center activities via email, especially the seminars and annual interdisciplinary symposia.


ASSOCIATE FELLOW NOMINATION PROCEDURE

Accepting nominations: March 1 - 21, 2017

Associate Fellows of the Center shall include persons who have a professional interest in the Great Plains and the purposes and program of the Center and are not presently holding regular appointments at the University of Nebraska. Candidates for election must be nominated by a Fellow. The nominator must present evidence of a research, teaching or public service commitment to the Plains region. Associate Fellows shall also include any Fellow who no longer has an appointment at the University of Nebraska and who has not provided the Director with a signed letter resigning his or her Center affiliation. Associate Fellows shall be elected in the same manner as Fellows, but they shall not have voting privileges.

Membership (Governance Document, Article IV, Section 2)

Documentation

Three documents are required for the nomination

  1. A letter from the nominee indicating interest in becoming a Associate Fellow 
  2. Nominee’s current short vita (around two pages)
  3. Letter of nomination from a current Fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies Documentation should be sent by the nominator to: 

Richard Edwards, Director Center for Great Plains Studies 
University of Nebraska
1155 Q Street,
PO Box 880214
Lincoln, NE 68588-0214

Procedure

Upon receipt of the nomination at the Center, it will be sent to the five-member Nominations Committee for their consideration. Following approval, they forward the nomination in the form of a seconded motion to the twelve-person Board of Governors. The Board of Governors votes on acceptance of the nominee. The Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies will notify the nominee and the nominator of the results of the Board action.

Other

No fee is required for designation as an Associate Fellow. Associate Fellows are kept apprized of all Center activities via email, especially the seminars and annual interdisciplinary symposia.