Mark Balschweid is Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC), and interim Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. His background includes teaching secondary agricultural science emphasizing the interconnectedness of science in agriculture. He obtained his Ph. D. from Oregon State University in agricultural education and spent 10 years on faculty at Purdue University. His research examines teacher beliefs regarding applied science within agriculture and natural resources and the barriers that prevent educators from collaborating across disciplines.
Mark is a Fulbright Fellow having taught and conducted research at Jamaica’s College of Agriculture, Science and Education and was responsible for authoring Jamaica’s first agricultural education baccalaureate degree program. He’s actively engaged in teaching, research and extension-related consulting activities with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, USAID, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. He’s led external evaluation teams in India, Iraq, and Jamaica.
He is president of the American Association for Agricultural Education and is a Fellow in APLU’s Food Systems Leadership Institute.
June Griffin is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska. Her research and teaching focus on digital literacy, teaching with technology, online writing instruction, and developing pedagogies that support and stretch students. Griffin received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in 2004. She was the founding faculty coordinator for the William H. Thompson Scholars Program, the largest and one of the most diverse learning communities on campus. The learning community grew from 121 students in 2008 to nearly 1,200 students in 2016 and has maintained a higher retention rate and six-year graduation rate than the campus as a whole since it began. Dr. Griffin served as faculty coordinator for the W.H.Thompson Scholars until becoming Associate Dean in February of 2016.
Christopher Marks is Associate Dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also Associate Professor at the Glenn Korff School of Music at UNL, where he has taught organ, music theory, and performance practice since 2006. From 1999 to 2006, he taught organ and served as University Organist at Syracuse University. He holds degrees from University of Richmond (B.M., piano), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.M., piano and M.M., organ), and the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A., organ). An active proponent of new music, Marks has premiered a number of commissioned organ works. His diverse stylistic interests also steer him towards a variety of other repertoire, with a recent interest in American organ music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Marks is an active performer, having played organs in major venues in the US and England. He has made several recordings, including a series devoted to the organ music of Seth Bingham (1882-1972), who was a prominent New York composer, teacher, and church musician. He is also active as a teacher and writer, having published articles on performance practice, organs, and professional concerns. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Organ Historical Society.
Richard Moberly is the Interim Dean and the Richard & Catherine Schmoker Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law, where he has taught since 2004. Before being appointed Interim Dean in 2016, he had served as Associate Dean for Faculty since 2011. In addition to teaching Evidence and Employment Law courses, Dean Moberly is an active scholar who researches issues related to whistleblowing and the law of secrecy. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on whistleblowing, including research on national security whistleblowers and codes of ethics, as well as an empirical study of Sarbanes-Oxley retaliation claims. He has testified before the United States House of Representatives, spoken internationally on whistleblower protection, and also co-edited The International Handbook on Whistleblower Research (Edward Elgar Publishing 2014). The United States Secretary of Labor has twice appointed Professor Moberly to the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Judy Walker is the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs and Aaron Douglas Professor of Mathematics at the University of Nebraska. Before being appointed Interim Associate Vice Chancellor in 2016, she served as Chair of the UNL Department of Mathematics. Among her initiatives as chair was a substantial overhaul of first-year mathematics courses, with an emphasis on conceptual knowledge and active learning.
Walker received her PhD from the University of Illinois in 1996. Her research is in the area of algebraic coding theory, which seeks efficient ways of adding redundancy to data so that errors can be detected and corrected. Among her recent invited lectures are the American Mathematical Society-Mathematical Association of America (AMS-MAA) Joint Invited Address at the 2013 MathFest in Hartford, CT and a plenary lecture at the 2015 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry in Daejeon, South Korea. Walker is a co-founder of the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics and has served as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and of the AMS Council. She has won several teaching awards, including the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award from the MAA and the Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award from the University of Nebraska system. She served as the MAA's Polya Lecturer for 2009-2011 and received the 2016 Louise Hay Award for Contributions to Mathematics Education from the AWM. She was named an AMS Fellow in 2012.