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School of Education & Social Policy

Isabelle D. Cherney, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor


Ph.D., Educational Psychology and Cultural Studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

M.A., Cognitive Psychology, University of Nebraska, Omaha

B.A., Psychology, Creighton University


Dr. Isabelle D. Cherney is the newly appointed Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy. She comes to us from Creighton University in Omaha, NE where she last served as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School and a professor of psychology. She is the founding director of their innovative and nationally known Doctoral  (Ed.D.) and Master’s programs in Interdisciplinary Leadership and undergraduate Honors Program. She has received numerous teaching and advising awards, including the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Nebraska Professor of the Year in 2007. She is internationally renown for her research on the development of cognitive and social-cognitive gender differences, children’s rights, and her many articles on the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has presented at over 130 conferences and published dozens of articles with undergraduate co-authors. 

Dr. Cherney is a native of Switzerland who is fluent in several languages, and has visited 32 countries on 5 continents, and 48 U.S. States. 


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