Admin, Faculty, & Staff

Administration, Faculty, and Staff

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Charles O’Connor

Charles O’Connor Dean

Charles O’Connor is the Hixson-Lied Endowed Dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He returns to Lincoln after nine years, having started in 1993 as a faculty member in the Department of Theatre Arts, now the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.

Full Charles O’Connor bio

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Christin Mamiya

Christin Mamiya Associate Dean and Hixson-Lied Professor of Art History

Christin J. Mamiya, Hixson-Lied Professor of Art History, has held the position of Associate Dean since 2009, with the exception of the year in which she served as Interim Dean. Mamiya received her B.A. from Yale University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History since 1987.

Full Christin Mamiya bio

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Rhonda Garelick

Rhonda Garelick Professor

Dr. Garelick is Professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences with a special joint appointment in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. She is the founder and Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium for the Hixson-Lied College.

Full Rhonda Garelick bio

Department and School Faculty Listings

Dean's Office Staff

Kathe Andersen

Kathe Andersen Publications Coordinator


402-472-9355

Kathe is responsible for all College publications, including Arts Magazine. She writes press releases and material for the college's monthly e-newsletter, websites, social media and elsewhere. She is also responsible for special events, such as Honors Day Weekend, Donor Appreciation Dinner, Nebraska Young Artist Awards and Geske Lecture. She also works on external relations projects with Donors, the Alumni Board and Hixson-Lied Advisory Board.

David Bagby

David Bagby Information Technology Services Manager


402-472-9348

David helps students, faculty and staff use computers and multimedia technology in their studies, in teaching, in work and in research and creative activity. David consults on developing uses of technology to support and improve learning and teaching and the business activities of the college. He researches and recommends hardware and software, and helps connect the people of our college with other technology resources available on campus.

Rebecca Bennitt

Rebecca Bennitt Office Associate

rebecca.bennitt@unl.edu
402-472-9339

Rebecca is responsible for the operation of the front office.  She handles all phone and walk-in inquiries including advising inquiries, updates the College website, serves as the Building Maintenance Reporter and Key Master for the building.  She provides clerical support for the Dean’s office staff, sorts mail, orders office supplies and helps with scheduling meetings and events.

Wendy Duerfeldt Schutte

Wendy Duerfeldt Schutte Assistant Dean of Business and Financial Affairs

wendy@unl.edu
402-472-7699

Wendy operates as the chief business and financial officer of the College.  She is responsible for the operational and financial reporting systems that ensure effective and efficient business functions in the College, its departments, programs and initiatives.  She monitors College budgets, Foundation accounts, grant compliance, fund transfers, and contracts.  She works with the College units and provides assistance with reporting, analysis and best business practices. 

Sara Fedderson

Sara Fedderson Advising Coordinator


402-472-9349

Sara serves as Advising Coordinator for the College. Major focus of her work includes meeting with prospective students, processing transfer credits for incoming students, publishing the Dean's List, coordinating New Student Enrollment, and providing support for advisors and students with questions that may arise. She comes with three years of experience working in the College's Department of Art & Art History and an educational background in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

Jemalyn Griffin

Jemalyn Griffin Assistant Director of Recruitment

Jemalyn.Griffin@unl.edu
402-472-0897

Jemalyn is responsible for all undergraduate recruitment initiatives in the College of Fine and Performing Arts. Her responsibilities include coordinating college marketing initiatives, assisting faculty to design recruitment strategies, and developing and implementing a data-driven strategic plan for the college. She represents the college at all recruitment events, including Red Letter Days, honors and diversity events, and other recruitment activities across the state or country. Additionally, Jemalyn hires, trains, and deploys enthusiastic current student ambassadors and maintains positive relationships within the community.

Linda Luedtke

Linda Luedtke Assistant to the Dean


402-472-9354

As the assistant to the Dean, Linda manages the Dean's calendar, correspondence, and other transactions. She works in the fields of finance and human resources, overseeing time entry, purchasing cards, hiring, and promotion and tenure. Linda is also heavily involved in the UNOPA program, currently serving as the organization's president.

Michael Reinmiller

Michael Reinmiller Digital Arts Support Technician


402-472-9335

Michael assists students, faculty, and staff and works in the new digital arts studio in Richards Hall room 17. This area was designed with collaborative work in mind; by bringing together the best in software and hardware, the space enables students to have their talents be both seen and heard. The Digital Arts Initiative is spearheaded by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts in collaboration with each of its three departments. It provides interested students from all majors hands-on experience applying current technology to the arts. For more information on the DAI, please go to digitalarts.unl.edu.

Phil Redfern

Phil Redfern Systems Coordinator


402-472-5830

Phil supervises the development and maintenance of College and departmental technology infrastructure. Leading a team of information technology support staff and student assistants, he supports all of the College's faculty, staff and students. In addition to coordinating technology support for the College, Phil administers all of the College's central services and ensures that the College stays on the cutting edge of technology in the Arts.

John Ross

John Ross Information Technology Support Associate


402-472-5831

John supports all of the College's faculty and staff in their use of technology for instruction and research. John also maintains all student labs and learning spaces, ensuring that the technology is ready to meet the demanding needs of students' creative academic work.