The University of Nebraska at Omaha ( is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Gaylene Armstrong, Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, as the Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Pending final approval by the President and Board of Regents, Dr. Armstrong will begin her appointment on July 1st.

A titan in her field, Dr. Armstrong has been leading the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice since 2016, guiding it to unparalleled excellence. Throughout her leadership, the unit has maintained a national top 20 undergraduate and doctoral program ranking and a top 10 master’s program ranking! She is also co-director of the Nebraska Collaborative for Violence Intervention and Prevention, and in 2023 began serving as the UNO Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA.\

With a passion for nurturing talent, Dr. Armstrong has been a guiding light for junior faculty and students alike, fostering a culture of growth and empowerment. Her collaborative spirit extends beyond the classroom, as she spearheads groundbreaking research initiatives, securing over $39 million in grants to tackle pressing issues in violence intervention and criminal justice reform.

Dr. Armstrong is grateful for this opportunity to build upon the momentum of CPACS which was established under Dean John Bartle. Armstrong said, “Elevating and optimizing collaborations with our local community as well as our national and international partners in support of UNO’s mission and the exciting vision of Chancellor Li and Senior Vice Chancellor He were the reasons I was hopeful about this position.”

Dr. Armstrong offered an appreciation to Senior Vice Chancellor He for his confidence in her leadership ability and to all the members of the search committee and campus community who participated in this national search. Learn more at