Great Plains Fellows


Welcome spring 2017 new Fellows and Affiliate Fellows

The Center welcomes 6 new Great Plains Fellows:

John Benson, Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Ecology, School of Natural Resources, UNL. Dr. Benson's work links studies of population, molecular, landscape, and behavioral ecology to contribute to both basic ecology and the conservation of wildlife populations and natural ecosystems. A current project of his focuses on mule deer populations.

Cheryl A. Burkhart-Kriesel, Professor and Extension Community Development/Vitality Specialist, University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. Dr. Burkhart-Kriesel works with local community leaders, especially in rural areas, in an effort to make rural Nebraska socially sustainable.

Christopher Gustafson, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics, UNL. Dr. Gustafson's research and teaching focus is on behavioral economics and health disparities with rural populations in the Great Plains and East Africa. Recent projects include improving health food pathways with school students in Kearney, Neb., and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.

Amanda R. Morales, Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education and ESOL, UNL. Dr. Morales' research and teaching focuses on immigrant, migrant and multicultural education in the region through community engagement, cross-institutional partnerships, and youth development.

Alisa Plant, Editor-in-Chief, University of Nebraska Press. Dr. Plant is actively involved in Great Plains scholarship through her position at the Press. Her editorial supervision of the Center's Discover the Great Plains small book series has been invaluable to the Center.

Matthew C. Stockton, Associate Professor and State Extension Specialist, West Central Research and Extension Center, UNL. Dr. Stockton's work is devoted to the education and development of sustainable and profitable farm and ranch businesses throughout the Great Plains. A current focus is on the risk and decision making of agricultural producers.


The Center also welcomes one new Great Plains Affiliate Fellow:

James Scott, Herman Brown Chair & Professor of Political Science, Texas Christian University. Dr. Scott's research and teaching interests are in international relations and foreign-policy analysis, with special interest in U.S. foreign policy making. His Great Plains research interest recently produced an invited essay in Great Plains Research titled "When Global is Local: The Great Plains, Globalization, and the World Economy."

FELLOW NOMINATION PROCEDURE

Next nomination period: TBD

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.


AFFILIATE FELLOW NOMINATION PROCEDURE

Accepting nominations: TBD

Affiliate 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. Affiliate 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. Affiliate 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 Affiliate 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 Affiliate Fellow. Affiliate Fellows are kept apprized of all Center activities via email, especially the seminars and annual interdisciplinary symposia.