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


2021-22 ALP Fellows

Jennifer Clarke

Jennifer Clarke

Professor of Food Science and Technology, Director of the Quantitative Life Sciences Initiative

Jennifer Clarke is Professor of Food Science and Technology and Director of the Quantitative Life Sciences Initiative at Nebraska. She also serves on Nebraska’s Graduate Council as the representative for the Agricultural and Biological Sciences Department and is Director of the doctoral program in complex biosystems. Her research has been supported by several federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and National Institutes of Justice. She holds a leadership position in the North American Plant Phenotyping Network and chairs the network’s committee on equity, inclusivity and diversity. She conducted postdoctoral research at the National Institute of Statistical Sciences and Duke University before joining the Duke faculty. Prior to coming to Nebraska in 2013, she was a faculty member at the University of Miami. She has mentored graduate students in multiple scientific disciplines at three academic institutions. Clarke received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and psychology from Skidmore College; a Master of Science in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University; and a doctorate in statistics from Pennsylvania State University.


Kevin Hanrahan

Kevin Hanrahan

Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy, Director of Faculty Development in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor

Kevin Hanrahan is Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy and Director of Faculty Development for Faculty Affairs. He also serves as Program Advisor for the doctoral program for vocal pedagogy. Hanrahan has performed nationally and internationally in opera, oratorio, and recital performances. Through his collaboration with composer Diana Blom, Hanrahan has performed and recorded two albums featuring, among others, Blom’s art songs entitled Songs of Diana Blom and New Art Songs of the Pacific Rim. Hanrahan’s research on vocal pedagogy, voice science, and performance practice has been featured in international venues, and he is a frequent reviewer for the Metropolitan Opera’s Opera News. Hanrahan has held teaching positions at Arizona State University, Scottsdale Community College, and Grand Canyon University. As a researcher and teacher, Hanrahan has presented at national and international conferences including the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conventions in 2006 and 2010. Hanrahan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in vocal performance and Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University; and a Master of Music, Opera Performance and doctorate of Musical Arts from Arizona State University.


Michael Herman

Michael Herman

Professor of Biology, Director of the School of Biological Sciences

Michael Herman is Professor and Director of the School of Biological Sciences. He also serves on the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Sexual and Gender Identities and is co-advisor for Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Prior to Nebraska, he spent 21 years at Kansas State University, serving as Professor of Biology in the Division of Biology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research in the Kansas State University Graduate School. At Kansas State, he co-founded and co-directed the Kansas State University Ecological Genomics Institute. Herman’s research seeks to link responses of living systems to environmental change at the genetic level. His lab studies nematodes (roundworms) because they play important roles in many habitats, responding to various environmental factors to perform essential ecosystem functions. The lab has concentrated on the interactions of bacterivorous nematodes, important members of the soil decomposition food web, with bacteria, which serve not only as food sources but also as potential pathogens. His current work focuses on identifying genes involved in the nematode response to detrimental bacteria found within its native microbiome. Herman received a Bachelor of Science at the University of Iowa and a doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Colleen Medill

Colleen Medill

Robert and Joanne Berkshire Family Professor of Law, Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs

Colleen Medill is the Robert and Joanne Berkshire Family Professor of Law and Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs at the College of Law. A nationally recognized scholar, speaker, and teacher, Medill teaches three of her four courses using textbooks that she has authored on Employee Benefits Law and Property Law. She is an elected Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, a former member of the Department of Labor’s Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, and an elected Member of the American Law Institute. Medill has been selected four times as Professor of the Year by her law students, honored by the College of Law with the Alumni Council Distinguished Faculty Award, and received the John H. Binning Award, the Bunger Memorial Award, and the Hevelone Research Professor Award for her excellence in research and teaching. She received the University of Nebraska Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award in 2018. Medill received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from the University of Kansas and a juris doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha on the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced tax and corporate law in Kansas City, Missouri.


Jennifer K. Ryan

Jennifer K. Ryan

Ron and Carol Cope Professor and Chair, Supply Chain Management and Analytics

Jennifer K. Ryan is the Ron and Carol Cope Professor and Chair of Supply Chain Management and Analytics. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of inventory management, supply chain management, and applied stochastic processes. Ryan's research has been published in leading journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, and IISE Transactions. She is the recipient of several National Science Foundation grants, including a NSF CAREER grant. She currently serves as Department Editor for IISE Transactions and Associate Editor for Naval Research Logistics. Prior to joining the university, Ryan served as a faculty member in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the School of Business at University College Dublin, the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, and in the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and the social sciences from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science and doctorate in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University.


Adam Wagler

Adam Wagler

Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations, Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications

Adam Wagler is Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations and Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. He is an Adobe Education Leader, Apple Distinguished Educator, and has been working with virtual reality for the last five years to find ways communicators can build experiences for audiences. Wagler teaches design, development, and strategy courses using both interactive and traditional media. His professional background and research revolves around interactive media in communications, user experience with emerging technology, and instructional design. Six years of professional work has been supplemented by a number of grant projects at Nebraska building websites, mobile apps, and other digital projects. He has published multiple book chapters and journal articles, including in the Journal of Interactive Advertising, Journalism & Mass Communications Educator, and the Communication Research Reports. Wagler received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Iowa State University’s College of Design that included a semester abroad at Swansea University in Wales. He received a Master of Arts in communications and doctorate in education with an emphasis in user experience with instructional technology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.