27 Jun 2016
The College of Natural and Social Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will now be led by political science professor Peter Longo, who takes over as interim dean July 1.
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Charles Bicak announced John La Duke’s resignation from the dean position today.
Bicak said a search for permanent dean will begin in fall 2017, with a plan to have a new dean in place in July 2018. That allows Longo to hold the interim dean post for two years.
Longo joined the faculty at UNK in 1988 and is a tenured full professor in Political Science. He served as department chair from 1990-99 and 2003-07. He served as interim dean for the Division of Student Affairs in 2007-08. Longo also served as Honors Director (2001-03) and as faculty assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor (1999-2001).
Longo received a bachelor’s in history from Creighton University (1980); a J.D. (1982) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law and a Ph.D. (1986) in political science from UNL.
“Peter has had an array of successful teaching, scholarly activity and administrative experiences,” Bicak said. He currently serves as editor for the journal “Great Plains Research,” the Natural and Social Sciences’ publication of the University of Nebraska Center for Great Plains Studies. “He will work well with all departments and programs to ensure the continuing success of College of Natural and Social Sciences faculty in teaching, scholarly activity and service.”
“The College of Natural and Social Sciences is a strong and vibrant community of faculty, students and staff,” Bicak said. “I expect the already high quality of the College to continue to be elevated under Dr. Longo’s leadership. I’m grateful to Dr. La Duke for his passion for the College and his tireless enthusiasm for UNK. His positive contributions in leadership of the College are greatly appreciated.”
Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, University of Nebraska Kearney