Ed Scantling to step down as education dean

KEARNEY – Ed Scantling, dean of UNK’s College of Education, announced his decision to return to the faculty ranks at the end of academic year 2013-14.

Charles Bicak, senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, informed deans and directors on Oct. 15.

Scantling became dean of education in June 2006, after two years as associate dean. Prior to that he was chairman of UNK’s department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies, from 1998 to 2004.

escantlingScantling is a former high school and collegiate wrestling coach, previously serving as head wrestling coach for the Lopers. Before coming to UNK in 1985 Scantling was an instructor of physical education at the University of Northern Colorado, and before that, a high school teacher in Clear Lake (Lakeport, Calif.) High School. He served as assistant wrestling coach at Northern Colorado and head wrestling coach in Lakeport.

Bicak, in his note to deans and directors, pointed out Scantling’s accomplishments for the college, community, and for the university.

“Ed has guided the college (of Education) through a highly successful NCATE reaccreditation, overseen advances in all five departments, enhanced the fundraising within the college and launched several important academic initiatives,” Bicak said. “These include collaborative workshops with Kearney Public School teachers and UNK faculty, the One Room/One Teacher recognition program, the advancement of the iPad initiative, approval of the Early Childhood Unified Endorsement online degree completion program and grant-supported outreach efforts in communication disorders.

“This is a better university because of Ed Scantling. Chancellor Kristensen and I are grateful for his service as dean. He will be hard to replace.”

Scantling will return to teaching in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies, soon to be renamed the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences.

An expert scholar and research in physical education and recreation, Scantling has had numerous articles published in journals such as “Physical Education, Recreation and Dance,” and “Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators.” He has written two textbooks on fitness education, “Fitness Education: Teaching Concepts-Based Fitness in the Schools” (1997), and “Fitness Education: Ideas and Implications for Secondary Schools” (1996).

For his efforts as a faculty member Scantling has received the Leland Holdt Distinguished Faculty Award in 2001 and the Pratt-Heins Faculty Award for Service in 2005.

Scantling said, “It has been an honor to serve as the Dean of the College of Education over the last eight years. I would like to thank the Chancellor and Dr. Bicak for their support of the College of Education and express my gratitude to the chairs and faculty members of the COE for their dedication to UNK.”

Scantling earned his bachelor’s from Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.; his master’s from University of Northern Colorado and his doctorate from University of New Mexico.

Bicak said a search for a new dean of education will begin shortly.

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Writer: Kelly Bartling, 308.865.8455, bartlingkh@unk.edu

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