Brent Cejda, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Educational Administration

Brent Cejda's role at UNL has largely been associated with community colleges. He developed and implemented the Community College Leadership program at UNL and served for nine years as the executive director of the National Council of Instructional Administrators, an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) that is housed at UNL. His additional work with AACC includes serving on the steering committee for the Teaching by Choice Initiative, the planning and evaluation task force for the Leading Forward project, and chairing the Coalition of AACC Affiliate Councils. He is currently the president of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, which is also affiliated with the AACC. He was recognized by CSCC with the emerging scholar award in 2002.

Cejda's most recent research efforts have focused on effective leadership in rural community colleges and issues related to the access, persistence and degree completion of Latinos. Cejda was recently appointed to the editorial board of the Community College Journal of Research and Practice and is a consulting editor for the Community College Review. He is the principal investigator of an NSF grant, “Developing Undergraduate Research at Community Colleges: Tapping the Potential of All Students,” a project that has involved more than 100 community colleges in designing research experiences for their students.

Cejda served for eight years as an instructor and administrator at community colleges in Kansas and Ohio. He then spent an additional eight years as a senior academic administrator at Benedictine College and St. Vincent College. His first graduate faculty position was at Texas Tech University, and he joined the faculty at UNL in 2005.