Department Executive Officer Participants

Aaron Crabtree, Ph.D.

Aaron Crabtree, Ph.D.

In May 2014, Dr. Aaron Crabtree began serving as Interim Director and was promoted to Director of the School of Accountancy in April 2015. He now leads the School in its efforts to conduct valuable research and educate young minds to prepare them for their future careers in accounting.

Crabtree’s research examines initial firm cost of debt, specifically how taxes and audit-related characteristics influence creditors and rating analyst’s perception of the firm. His papers have been published in Auditing, A Journal of Theory and Practice, Journal of the American Taxation Association, Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Advances in Accounting, and Journal of Accountancy. Crabtree was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and awarded the KPMG Faculty Fellowship.

Crabtree completed his PhD at Virginia Tech in May 2004, after receiving his master’s degree in accounting from Virginia Tech in 2000 and his bachelor’s degree in management from Emory and Henry College.

Jody Kellas, Ph.D.

Jody Kellas, Ph.D.

Jody Koenig Kellas (Ph.D., University of Washington, 2002) is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research and teaching focuses on interpersonal, family, and health communication with a specialization in stories and storytelling, and most recently narrative communication in the context of palliative, cancer, and elder care. She has over 40 publications, including an edited volume on family storytelling and has won three national awards for her scholarship. Kellas began teaching at San Francisco State University in 2002 before joining UNL in 2004. She served as the Chair of the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association and of the Interpersonal Interest Group of the Western States Communication Association. She co-directs a teaching development program at UNL and teaches in the Preparing Future Faculty program. During the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic year, Kellas has served as a fellow in the Office of Academic Affairs at UNL. She will serve as acting DEO in her department during Spring 2016.

Stephen Lahey, Ph.D.

Stephen Lahey, Ph.D.

Stephen Lahey is Happold Professor of Religious Studies, and Chair of the Department of Classics and Religious Studies. He received an M.A. in Philosophy at the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at the University of Connecticut, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study from Seabury Western Theological Seminary. He is a specialist in late medieval philosophy and theology, and has published extensively on the 14th century philosopher and theologian John Wyclif. His first monograph, Philosophy and Politics in the Thought of John Wyclif (Cambridge 2003) won the Medieval Academy's John Nicholas Brown Prize in 2004. He is presently engaged in study of the reception of Wyclif's thought in Bohemia, which ultimately led to the Hussite Revolution, and regularly presents papers in the Czech Republic on this topic. He has served on the College of Arts and Sciences Promotion and Tenure committee, and was chair of the Academic Planning Committee 2013-2014. He is engaged in the University's support of Veterans, and has led Study Abroad trips to Ireland. He is also a priest in the Episcopal church, serving at St. Matthew's Lincoln.

Reynolds, Ph.D.

Donald Reynolds, Ph.D.

Dr. Reynolds currently holds the position of Director of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Nebraska – Lincoln and is an Associate Dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Dr. Reynolds earned his BS (1977), DVM (1981) and PhD (1986) degrees from The Ohio State University. Dr. Reynolds is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM). He has served as Dean of the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island 2008 – 2014. Previous to joining the University of Prince Edward Island, Dr. Reynolds was at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. He began his academic career at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 as an assistant professor to perform research in the area of poultry diseases. He moved thru the faculty ranks and became a tenured professor and served as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies from 2000 to 2008. Dr. Reynolds’ research interest is in poultry diseases with emphasis on enteric viral diseases of poultry and Newcastle disease. Dr. Reynolds has served on several journal editorial boards, has been on USDA grant panels and has served as ad hoc grant and manuscript reviewer for many agencies, journals and foundations. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA),the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) and the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP). He has served as a member of AVMA’s Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents (2000-05, chair in 2004) and Council on Research (2007-2012). He has served on the board of directors of the AAAP, the board of governors of the ACVM and the governing council of the CRWAD. He has served as the chair of the Associate Deans for Research committee and the governance committee in the AAVMC.