S. Kay Rockwell | Educator
Dr. S. Kay Rockwell has built and maintained an impressive career over the course of five decades. As a health professional, her work has helped scores of patients recuperate and get back on their feet. As a nursing educator, she has ensured that future generations of professionals are able to provide the same quality care to their patients. Prior to retiring, her most recent position was professor and evaluation specialist at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Rockwell has been in the teaching field for nearly her entire career. She began teaching as an instructor at Lincoln General Hospital and then moved into the role of acting assistant director for nursing education at the hospital. In 1979, she officially joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska, starting as an evaluation technologist. Through her years at the institution, Dr. Rockwell also worked as a member of the advisory board for the Department of Adult and Continuing Education and Social Foundations and as professor in the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Department. In addition to these positions at the university, Dr. Rockwell has provided her expertise as a consultant to extension specialists and trainers, and has presented workshops and symposiums in the field.
Dr. Rockwell first earned a Graduate in Nursing from Lincoln General Hospital in 1960. She continued her education at the University of Nebraska, earning a BSN in 1962. Always keen on keeping up with her own academic endeavors, she earned an MA in Adult and Continuing Education in 1975 and a PhD in Community and Human Resources in 1984 at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Rockwell is a first generation university graduate in her family. In 1996, she received the Excellence in Evaluation Training Award from her national professional organization.
Since 2002, Dr. Rockwell has volunteered with USAID. Through the years she has been active in helping people less fortunate with the tools and provisions needed to lead a healthy and successful life. She has worked with a program that provides goats to impoverished HIV positive people in Kenya. The goat helps to provide these people with sustenance, clothing and business. A follow-up project she is working on is helping to get solar lights in the mud huts in the impoverished areas. Dr. Rockwell has travelled to more than 40 different countries, and did community volunteer work in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda in Africa and Paraguay, South America.
Dr. Rockwell is also involved as a North Central Regional Representative for the Extension Education Evaluation Topical Interest Group with the American Evaluation Group. She maintains affiliation with the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association, the Adult and Continuing Education Association of Nebraska, Epsilon Sigma Phi, and Gamma Sigma Delta.