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Ellen Weissinger

Senior Vice Chancellor › Academic Affairs


University of Nebraska-Lincoln • 1100 ADMS • Lincoln NE, 68588-0619 • 402.472.3751 • eweissinger1@unl.edu



Ellen Weissinger

Ellen Weissinger is Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where she previously served as the Dean of Graduate Studies. She is a tenured full professor of educational administration with expertise in quantitative research methodology. A Nebraska native, Dr. Weissinger earned her undergraduate degree from UNL in 1980, an MA from the University of Iowa in 1982 and PhD from the University of Maryland in 1985. She taught at the University of Iowa for one year before joining the UNL faculty in 1986. She also served as associate dean of Teachers College and associate director of the Buros Institute for Mental Measurement.

Dr. Weissinger's academic interest is the antecedents and consequences of human behavior during free time. She published over 40 research articles with a special focus on intrinsic motivation and boredom. She also specialized in psychometric research and has published three measurement instruments. From 1996-2001 she served as editor of the Journal of Leisure Research. A recipient of UNL's Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Weissinger teaches doctoral level research methodology courses, including experimental and quasi-experimental methods, survey research and evaluation theory.

She has been the principle investigator or co-principle investigator for U.S. Department of Education and National Science Foundation grants totaling $1,000,000. She is the Director of the Great Plains National Security Education Consortium, a five-year, $3,000,000 project funded by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Defense Intelligence Agency. She served on the national advisory board of the National Graduate and Professional Student Association and on the Council of Graduate Schools Research Task Force.

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