Due to the hazardous weather, Hastings College is closed Monday, January 16. (No classes, offices closed and MLK Day events cancelled.)

Dr. Dwayne Strasheim

Professor Emeritus of English and Linguistics and Dean Emeritus
McCormick, 02F


  • Ph.D. English and Linguistics 1970 - Ohio University
  • M.A. Linguistics 1965 - University of Washington
  • B.A. German 1962 -  Wayne State College

Professional Experience

  • Professor of English and Linguistics and Dean Emeritus, 2000-present
  • Dean of College (Chief Academic Officer), 1983-2000
  • Registrar and Assistant Dean, 1978-1983
  • Associate Professor (Assistant Professor, Instructor) of German, English, and Linguistics, 1965-1978

Educational and Professional Experience

  • Institute for Educational Management, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Summer 1992
  • NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, "Standard English: Individual Freedom and Social Control," University of Texas-Austin, 1977
  • NDEA Summer Institute in German, Montana State University, 1962  

Campus/Academic Leadership

  • Faculty Advisor, Artist-Lecture Series Student Symposium Committee, 2001-2002
  • Strategic Planning Coordination Board, 2000-2002
  • Editorial Board, Rerum Scriptor, 1998-present
  • Honorary Member, Alpha Chi, since 1997
  • Invited Faculty Lecture, "'Politics and the English Language' Revisited," Fall 1974
  • Adjunct Professor, Wayne State College, Summer 2001

Community Leadership

  • First Presbyterian Church, Board of Trustees, 1997-2000
  • Board of Deacons, 1972-1975
  • Board of Directors, Hastings Symphony Orchestra, 2001-2004
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce, 1995-1995
  • President, Hastings Area United Way, 1991-1992
  • President, Leadership Hastings, 1989-1990
  • President, Hastings Noon Kiwanis Club, 1988-1989
  • President, Hastings Public Schools Board of Education, 1981-1982  

Statewide Leadership

  • Nebraska Department of Education State Accreditation Committee, 1986-present
  • President, Nebraska Association of School Boards, 1984-1985
  • President, Nebraska Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, 1982-1983
  • President, Nebraska Council of Teachers of English, 1976-1977
  • President, Nebraska Association of Interterm Colleges, 1974-1977

Regional/National Leadership

  • Consultant-Evaluator and Evaluation Team Chair, Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 1986-present
  • NCA Eligibility Process Reviewer, 1997-present
  • NCA Accreditation Review Council, 1994-1998
  • Co-President, with Cynthia R. Strasheim, "Finding Balance in Your Life," National Rural Families Conference, 1994, and Kansas Association of Community Mental Health Centers, 1995

Personal Data

  • Born 03/08/40, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Valedictorian of Norfolk (Nebraska) High School, 1958
  • Married to Cynthia R. Strasheim, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension Educator
  • Three grown children, two stepchildren, three grandchildren
  • Interests include exercise and fitness, music, books, and sports
  • Volunteer public announcer for collegiate athletic events