Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program

Each year, up to five Nebraska faculty members are selected as ALP Fellows and participate in the Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program. The Academic Leadership Program is one of the most successful leadership initiatives of the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Established in 1989, the program develops the academic leadership and managerial skills of nominated faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and academic promise. The program addresses the challenges of academic administration at major research universities while helping faculty members prepare to meet those challenges.

Faculty interested in applying for the 2018-19 program should submit a letter of interest and CV to the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor at The deadline for applications is Monday, April 9.

Learn more about the Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program.

2017-18 ALP Fellows

Shannon Bartelt-Hunt

Shannon Bartelt-Hunt Professor, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Fellow
Civil Engineering
College of Engineering

Shannon Bartelt-Hunt is a Professor in the Department of Civil at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia and her research focuses on the fate and transport of biologically-active organic contaminants in agricultural systems and water reuse in agriculture. She is a faculty fellow of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska and maintains a courtesy appointment in the Department of Environmental, Occupational and Agricultural Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has published over 95 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters, was awarded an NSF CAREER award in 2012, and in 2015 was a member of a team receiving the Grand Prize for University Research from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Dr. Bartelt-Hunt teaches an introductory course in environmental engineering as well as environmental engineering chemistry and solid waste management and has received university and national awards recognizing her teaching. She served as graduate chair in the Department of Civil Engineering from 2013-2016 and in 2014, was named a R. Vernon McBroom Engineering Leadership fellow in the UNL College of Engineering.

Sonia Feigenbaum

Sonia Feigenbaum Associate Vice Chancellor for International Engagement and Global Strategies
Senior International Officer

Dr. Feigenbaum serves as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Associate Vice Chancellor for International Engagement and Global Strategies. As UNL’s senior international officer, she is responsible for all aspects of internationalization at the University. She works closely with staff, faculty, and students, to conceptualize and implement institutional initiatives and activities, to build strategic international partnerships, develop academic programs, and expand internships and service learning opportunities for students. She and the global team also work collaboratively with numerous offices across the university to support UNL's international student and visiting scholar community by engaging them in the life of the campus and Nebraska. She oversees the Global Strategies Office, the Education Abroad Office, Programs in English as a Second Language, and the International Students and Scholars Office, as well as all international research partnerships and global risk management and operations.

Prior to joining UNL’s leadership team, she served as Associate Provost for Global Engagement at Brown University where she mapped internationalization, created programs in collaboration with faculty in South Korea, Cambodia, Brazil, and China. She developed and implemented funding opportunities including the Global Experiential Learning and Teaching Program to bolster experiential learning abroad. With her Office of Global Engagement team, she created a robust online presence for global activities through Global Brown and she bolstered international partnerships. Prior to returning to academe, she held senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Education where she developed national policies to expand access to education through funding for minority-serving-institutions (Title V and III) and she led teams in the International and Foreign Language Education (Title VI and Fulbright Hays Programs) Division. She served as Deputy Director and Senior Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities for a decade, where she advocated for the internationally centered topics in documentary film and museum areas. Sonia holds a B.S. in Cello Performance and a Ph.D. in Spanish from Indiana University. She is a published novelist and is fluent in several languages.

Deb Hamernik

Deb Hamernik Associate Dean of Agricultural Research Division and Professor, Reproductive Physiology
Animal Science
Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Deb Hamernik is Associate Dean, Agricultural Research; Associate Director, Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station; and Professor, Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She administers sponsored funding and helps faculty build interdisciplinary research teams. She was National Program Leader, Animal Physiology at the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service and Scientific Review Administrator at the NIH. She was one of the first two National Program Leaders inducted into the CSREES Hall of Fame and she received the CSREES Employee of the Year Award in Science and Education. She received the USDA Secretary’s Honor Award for Excellence for the eGrants Implementation Team and for the Plan of Work Review Team. Deb was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement in 2017.

Deb earned a B.S. from UNL in animal science; M.S. from Washington State University in animal science; and Ph.D. from Colorado State University in animal physiology. She received an NIH National Research Service Award to conduct postdoctoral research in the Department of Pharmacology at Case Western Reserve University. She was President of the American Society of Animal Science in 2017 and Chair of the North Central Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors in 2016.

Matthew Jockers

Matthew Jockers Associate Dean for Research and Partnerships,
Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English
College of Arts & Sciences

Matthew L. Jockers is the Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean for Research and Partnerships in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska. He is a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, Faculty Fellow in the Center for Great Plains Studies, and Director of the Nebraska Literary Lab. Jockers is a text miner with expertise in computational approaches to the study of literature. His books include Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History, Text Analysis with R for Students of Literature and, with Jodie Archer, The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel. In addition to 20 years in the academy as a professor and administrator, Jockers has founded and directed a non-profit, directed R&D at a technology startup company, and worked as Principal Research Scientist and Software Development Engineer in iBooks engineering at Apple Computer in California. Jockers' research has been profiled in the academic and main stream press including features in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Nature, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wired, New Scientist, Smithsonian, NBC News and many others. More on Jockers can be found at

Sherri Jones

Sherri Jones Department Chair and Director, Barkley Memorial Center
Professor, Special Education and Communication Disorders
College of Education and Human Sciences

Sherri Jones is Professor and Chair of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders and Director of the Barkley Memorial Center at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. The Barkley Center houses professional training programs, the Barkley Speech Language and Hearing Clinic, the Kit and Dick Schmoker Reading Center, the Academy for Child and Family Well Being, and research labs that study biological, behavioral, and technological aspects of communication and learning. During Sherri’s tenure as chair, the department enhanced its research portfolio, increased collaborations with campus and the community, expanded clinical services, and increased study abroad opportunities. Sherri’s research on inner ear functional development, aging, and genetics of inner ear dysfunction has resulted in 75 published articles, 4 book chapters, 1 textbook, and over 100 presentations. She was awarded Fellow of the American Speech Language Hearing Association in 2011. Sherri serves on the DEO Advisory Board for the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, the Executive Committee for the Center for Brain Biology and Behavior, the Faculty Advisory Committee for Innovation Campus, and the UNL-Association for Women in Science Institutional Partnership Steering Committee. She was recently selected to serve on a national committee to envision the future of audiology education.