Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officers Program

Big Ten Academic Alliance

Department Executive Officers Program

Each year, up to five department heads and chairs at Nebraska are selected as DEO Fellows and participate in the Department Executive Officers Seminar put on by the Big Ten Academic Alliance. This three-day seminar includes workshops on topics such as conflict resolution, time management, faculty development, performance reviews, and group problem solving.

Learn more about the Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officers Program.

Past DEO Fellows


2019-20 DEO Fellows

Lindsey Bahe

Lindsey Bahe

Associate Professor and Program Director,
Interior Design Program

Lindsey Bahe is Associate Professor and Program Director of the Department of Interior Design. She joined the College of Architecture in 2005 and has taught and developed a range of courses in all levels within the interior design curriculum. Bahe is deeply committed to the education of future designers and her scholarship of teaching and learning has been consistently recognized for its excellence and impact at the national level. She currently serves as a Faculty Fellow for Student Success, earned a College Distinguished Teaching Award in 2018, received the Council for Interior Design Accreditation Award of Excellence in 2018, and was named a DesignIntelligence Most Admired Design Educator in 2014. Bahe’s scholarly focus is in the area of Interior Design pedagogy. She positions the classroom experience to examine methods, theories and emerging practices of design education. Her scholarly mission is driven by the desire to enhance student learning experiences and develop teaching frameworks in the classroom and at the curricular level, so students will develop confidence in their ability to critically apply their knowledge and design processes to positively influence the design of diverse built environments in a complex society. Bahe earned her Bachelor of Science and Design and Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Michael Herman

Michael Herman

Professor and Director,
School of Biological Sciences

Michael Herman joined the university as Professor and Director of the School of Biological Sciences in 2018. 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. Ecological genomics is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand the genetic mechanisms underlying adaptive responses of organisms to their environment. 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. Current work has focused on identifying genes involved in the nematode response to detrimental bacteria found within its native microbiome. Herman received his Bachelor of Science at the University of Iowa and his doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Sophia Perdikaris

Sophia Perdikaris

Professor and Chair,
Department of Anthropology

Sophia Perdikaris is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Interim Director of Geography, Interim Director of Global Studies, and Founding Director of the upcoming School of Global Integrative Studies, which will house all the three disciplines. Perdikaris is an environmental archaeologist with a specialty in zooarchaeology, which is the study of animal bones from archaeological sites. She is interested in people — environment interactions through time and the response of both to big climatic events. For the past 14 years, her work has focused on the island of Barbuda in the Caribbean, where she explores how heritage work can inform sustainability questions for the future. Environmental sustainability is a challenge for every community and was tragically highlighted in Antigua and Barbuda by the aftermath of hurricane Irma in 2017. Sustainability means understanding human and environmental change over time: what is changing, how it is changing, why it is changing, and what we can do to mitigate change, adapt to change, or both. Sustainability projects that use a transdisciplinary approach — combining natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts in a collaborative research perspective that connects scientists, local communities and youth — can maximize our understanding and response. Prior to the Caribbean, her work focused on Northern Norway and Iceland, concentrating on the transition from the Viking Age to medieval times and how the early commercialization of the cod fisheries in 1200 A.D. affected the people and economy of the area. Perdikaris earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and doctorate in anthropology at the City University of New York.


Michael Scheel

Michael Scheel

Professor and Chair,
Department of Educational Psychology

Michael Scheel is Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology. He is a licensed psychologist, board certified in counseling psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology, and an American Psychological Association Fellow of the Society of Counseling Psychology. His national leadership roles include Vice President for Education and Training for the SCP and President of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. His research is focused on applications of positive psychology in psychotherapy. Scheel has distinguished himself nationally as the recipient of the Outstanding Training Director Award in 2016 and Shane Lopez Distinguished Contributions to Positive Psychology Award in 2014. For 30 years, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses covering methods of leading happier and healthier lives, conducting psychotherapy, and doing process and outcome research of psychotherapy. He has mentored over 40 doctoral students; published over 40 articles in peer reviewed journals; and co-authored "Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy: A Comprehensive Strength Oriented Therapy," which was published through Oxford University Press and introduces the first comprehensive positive psychology therapeutic model in psychology. Scheel holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Education in guidance and counseling from the University of Idaho. His doctorate in counseling psychology is also from UNL.


Francisco Souto

Francisco Souto

Professor and Director,
School of Art, Art History and Design

Francisco Souto is Professor and Director of the School of Art, Art History and Design. He has been artist-in-residence in national and international venues, his prints and drawings have been published in many catalogs, and his work is held in several public and private collections worldwide. Souto’s honors include more than 45 national and international awards and grants including special prize at the 7th International Triennial of Prints in Japan, selected prize at the 12th International Biennial of Prints and Drawing in China and the International Award at the British International Print Exhibition. His work has been exhibited in over 90 venues in the last 12 years including the Fonds d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in France, Till Richter Museum of Contemporary Art in Germany, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, The Nerman Museum of Art in Kansas City, and The Armory Center for the Arts in California. Souto is a member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's N150 and N2025 Strategy Teams. Born in Venezuela, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Herron School of Art and his Master of Fine Arts from Ohio State University.