Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program

Big Ten Academic Alliance

Academic Leadership Program

Each year, up to six 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.

ALP Fellows attend three 3-day seminars, each at a different Big Ten campus. They also participate in on-campus meetings throughout the academic year with members of our university's academic leadership.

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

Past ALP Fellows


2019-20 ALP Fellows

Renee Batman

Renee Batman

Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Administrative Officer,
Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor

Renee Batman is the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Administrative Officer in the Executive Vice Chancellor’s Office. She oversees the administrative functions of the office, collaborates with colleagues across campus to implement policies and procedures, and develops improvements for the academic enterprise. She works closely with the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, and his/her direct reports, to bring important matters forward, conduct research and analysis, and manage initiatives in support of the EVC's strategic agenda and vision. She is responsible for matters related to faculty hiring and appointments; administrative searches; onboarding of key positions; staff human resource issues on behalf of the EVC; academic space and facilities projects; and academic program processes, including reporting to the Board of Regents and state coordinating commission. She also has an extensive background in undergraduate admissions, financial aid and TRIO programs, graduate education, and academic administration. Batman received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Kansas State University. She earned her Master of Arts in student affairs and doctorate in educational studies, higher education and leadership from UNL. Batman's research interests include access to education and to the academy, organizational culture and change, diversity, and financial aid.


Rick Bevins

Rick Bevins

Chancellor’s Professor and Chair,
Department of Psychology

Rick Bevins is Chancellor’s Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology. He also serves as the Associate Director of the recently established Rural Drug Addiction Research Center funded by the National Institutes of Health Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Program. This program enables his research team to study the interrelation of learning processes and the complex biological effects of nicotine, novel pharmacotherapy approaches for nicotine and methamphetamine addiction, and more translationally relevant animal models. Bevins has over 150 scientific publications, reviews, and book chapters, as well as three edited books. He serves as Editor of Behavioral Pharmacology and Neuroscience for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and Associated Editor of Motivated Behavior for Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior. Bevins holds an Associate of Arts in psychology from Middle Georgia State University, a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Jacksonville State University, and a doctorate in neuroscience and behavior from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Kentucky before joining the faculty at UNL.


Megan Elliot

Megan Elliot

Founding Director,
Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts

Megan Elliott is the Founding Director of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, the university's state-of-the-art facility that provides an interdisciplinary curriculum for the 21st century at the nexus of creativity and technology. She was instrumental in the university being the first in the Big Ten to be named an HP Educause Campus of the Future. Prior to UNL, Elliott was the director and CEO for X Media Lab for over a decade, one of the world’s most forward looking and distinguished digital media and entrepreneurship programs, holding over 70 events in 14 countries featuring some of the world’s most cutting-edge innovation, professionals and brands. Elliott’s work has been acknowledged worldwide. She was recently appointed to the program committee of the 17th ACM SIGGRAPH International Conference on Virtual Reality Continuum and its Applications in Industry. She was also nominated by Advance Australia as one of the Leading 50 Women for the Future and by the Australian Government as one of the Global 50 – Australia Unlimited – Global Achievers. Elliott serves on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games and is the recipient of the China Creative Industries Award for International Contribution. She received her Bachelor of Applied Science in cultural heritage management from the University of Canberra.


Martha Mamo

Martha Mamo

John E. Weaver Professor and Department Head,
Agronomy and Horticulture

Martha Mamo, John E. Weaver Professor and Department Head of Agronomy and Horticulture, has established an innovative teaching program for high enrollment soil science courses in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Her teaching focuses on students as individuals in a student-centered environment that fosters respect for teaching and learning. It is designed and updated effectively to align with outcomes using flexible content and teaching strategies, and evaluate new approaches through professional development. Mamo is passionate about building professional capacity in students and has mentored and advised more than 40 undergraduate students. She has earned numerous awards including the University of Nebraska’s Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award, the Soil Science Society of America Teaching Award, and the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award. Mamo received her Bachelor of Science in chemistry and Master of Science in soil science from Alabama A&M University, and her doctorate in soil chemistry and fertility from the University of Minnesota-St Paul. Her research efforts integrate soil processes, water conservation, and food security and have generated numerous journal publications and funding.


Angela Pannier

Angela Pannier

Professor of Biological Systems Engineering

Angela K. Pannier is a Professor of Biological Systems Engineering with a Courtesy Appointment in the Mary and Dick Holland Regenerative Medicine Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her NIH/NSF/USDA supported research focuses on engineering biomaterials and systems for gene therapy and tissue engineering applications. In 2017, she worked as a visiting scholar at the Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung in Dresden, Germany. She is an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, and Society of Women Engineers and serves on the editorial board for Experimental Biology and Medicine and Regenerative Medicine Frontiers. She has also served on and led various college and university committees, including co-chairing UNL’s N2025 strategic planning team. She has published over 45 peer-reviewed research articles, 3 book chapters, and 2 patents. Pannier received the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award in 2017 for her pioneering work in gene delivery and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in biological systems engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a doctorate from Northwestern University.


Will Thomas

Will Thomas

Professor of History,
John and Catherine Angle Chair in the Humanities

Will Thomas, Professor of History and John and Catherine Angle Chair in the Humanities, is a national leader in the field of digital humanities. He has developed new models of highly collaborative, team-based, interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public engagement. He served as Chair of the Department of History and helped guide the department to the University-wide Departmental Teaching Award in 2017. Prior to UNL, Thomas was an Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He serves on the U.S. National Archives' grant-making authority and advisory board. Thomas has won numerous major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and has published in the American Historical Review, Civil War History, EDUCAUSE Review, Inside Higher Education, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and with leading university presses. In 2019, he co-chaired the N|150 Commission charting the long-range strategic vision of the university. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Trinity College and his Master of Arts and doctorate from the University of Virginia. He was a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and is a current Fellow of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.