Ellis, Eschenbrenner, Exstrom receive Cope Professorships

UNK Communications

KEARNEY – University of Nebraska at Kearney faculty members Mark Ellis, Brenda Eschenbrenner and Chris Exstrom are recipients of the Ron & Carol Cope UNK Professorship.

The professorship fund makes available $10,000 per year for five years for the three faculty members.

Faculty members were chosen based on teaching, research and overall academic contributions. Two nominations were made by the senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs and one nomination was made by the dean of the College of Business and Technology.

Mark Ellis
Mark Ellis

Ellis, professor of history, joined the UNK faculty in 2000 and serves as chair of the department. He designed and implemented a successful graduate program serving residential and online students.

First serving as the History Graduate Program Chair from 2006-13, he has been the moving force in creating the online component of the graduate program. The program has achieved national recognition as one of the largest master’s programs in the country, producing more than 40 Master of Arts degrees each year.

Exstrom, professor of chemistry, served as department chair from 2000-06. He has served as the committee chair for the science and math education master of education online graduate program since 2012.

He’s been at the center of the undergraduate research initiative in the department of chemistry since its inception.

Eschenbrenner, associate professor of accounting and finance, has served in the Department of Accounting and Finance since 2010.

In the classroom, she provides students opportunities to engage in high-level experiential learning, always on the leading edge of her field, and is dedicated to preparing students for professional success. She is a leading scholar in the field of accounting information systems.

Her articles have been downloaded more than 1,000 times from the Accounting Information Systems Electronic Library.


Chris Extrom
Chris Extrom
Brenda Eschenbrenner
Brenda Eschenbrenner