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James O'Hanlon

Dr. James O'Hanlon is serving as interim dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

O’Hanlon is a professor in UNL’s College of Education and Human Sciences with expertise in academic leadership. He has led the university’s re-accreditation report development. O'Hanlon previously served as dean of Teachers College, associate vice chancellor for Extended Education, interim director of the Nebraska Alumni Association, interim director of the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, interim dean of the College of Engineering and interim dean of the College of Architecture.

From 1982-97 O’Hanlon was the UNL faculty athletics representative to the Big 8 (later Big 12) Conference, serving as chair in 1990, and a member of the NCAA Governing Council for four years.

O’Hanlon received the NU Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award early in his career and served as Faculty Senate president. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Nebraska Alumni Association in 2012. Twenty-four students have completed their doctoral degrees under his supervision.

O’Hanlon earned a B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an M.A. from The Ohio State University and an Ed.D. from UNL.