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Burney, John.jpg John M. Burney, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dean of Faculty; Professor of History                           

Phone: (402)826.8221

A Nebraska native who received a Ph.D. in European history from the University of Kansas, John served as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Drake University (Des Moines) and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Loras College (Dubuque) before starting as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Doane in June 2010. John works with all aspects of the academic programs and academic support services to create an environment in which faculty and students can achieve success in teaching and learning.

Kate Marley Kate Marley, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor of Biology                       

Phone: (402)826.8221

Kate Marley earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and her Ph.D. in Biology from Florida State University in Tallahassee.  She began her career as a biology professor at Doane in 2001, eventually serving as Biology Department Chair and then Science, Mathematics and Information Science and Technology Chair. Marley was selected in 2012 as a Vision and Change Leadership Fellow for the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE), a program focused on catalyzing and supporting transformation of biology education at all types of institutions of higher education. In August 2014 Marley began her appointment as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Doane University where she is primarily responsible for guiding the college’s general education program, faculty development and assessment of student learning.

Becky Hunke, Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs Becky Hunke
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs                           

Phone: (402)826.8286

Jenei Skillet Jenei Skillett
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs

Phone: (402)826.8221



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