Great Plains Fellows

Fellows constitute the core of the intellectual community that is the Center. They publish research and book reviews in the Center’s journals, give talks as Olson Lecturers, write for the Center’s book series, speak at annual Great Plains symposia, advise the Great Plains Art Museum. They sit on the Board of Governors and choose the Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize winner. Their work helps the Center meet its mission of increasing understanding of and appreciation for the people, cultures, and natural environment of the Great Plains.


Welcome new Fellows and Affiliate Fellows

The Center welcomes seven new Great Plains Fellows:

Catherine De Almeida, Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture (UNL), has research interests in brownfield remediation and materiality. She's recently completed a project documenting Nebraska's brick industry. She has a commitment to transforming neglected rural landscapes via several partnerships.

Mary Harner, Associate Professor in the departments of Communication and Biology (UNK),  researches river ecosystems and migratory corridors. She's also involved in several educational and outreach projects that connect K-12 and post-secondary students in the region. She's partnering with the Platte Basin Timelapse project for research and outreach.

Casey Ryan Kelly, Associate Professor in Communication Studies (UNL), has published work about the origins of American Indian activism in the 1960s and 70s. A forthcoming book covers the No Dakota Access Pipeline movement. His research is concerned with the cultural wellbeing of Native people in the Great Plains.

Daniel Piatkowski, Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning (UNL), focuses on transportation and health in both the rural and urban Great Plains. His research interests include travel behavior, sustainability, walking, bicycling, and the intersection of urban design with transportation. He's involved with several community organizations related to this work.

Jamilynn Poletto, Assistant Professor in Fish Physiology at the School of Natural Resources (UNL), is focused on behavior and physiology of fish with a goal of enhancing conservation for threatened and endangered species. A recent project involves collaborating with other academics and organizations to link climate change and human behavior to watershed health in Nebraska.

John S. Schleicher, Associate Professor and Special Collections Librarian at the McGoogan Library of Medicine (UNMC), is currently working on a set of oral histories relating to UNMC's history. A historian of Nebraska's health profession, he's served on a number of boards for historical and humanities organizations.

Patricia Simpson, Chair of the Department of Modern Languages (UNL), has research interests in German literature and immigration history in the Plains. She's collaborating on a project to help revive indigenous languages on the Plains using her skills a language instructor combining teaching language alongside cultural learning.


The Center also welcomes two new Great Plains Affiliate Fellows:

Akim Reinhardt, Professor of history at Towson University, is a historian whose research on Plains Native Americans has won several prizes, including the Center's 2008 book prize. While his previous research has mostly looked at political developments in the plains, he's recently turned toward cultural history. A UNL alum, he's often published in Great Plains Quarterly and has a chapter in the recently released Trans-Mississippi book.

Tracy Tucker, Education Director and Archivist at the Willa Cather Center, is currently looking at the portrayal of Native Americans in Cather's novels across her life, rather than in a particular novel. By placing Cather within a larger Great Plains tradition, Tucker has worked to promote Plains literature as a whole. She also manages the 610-acre Willa Cather Memorial Prairie and its programming.

FELLOW NOMINATION PROCEDURE

Next nomination period: October 2 - 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.


AFFILIATE FELLOW NOMINATION PROCEDURE

Accepting nominations: Oct. 2 - 27, 2017

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.