Randal Ernst , Ed.D.

Contact Information

Randal Ernst , Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Cultural competence, well being
Office location

Smith-Curtis 130-D


An NWU alum, I have been an educational practitioner for over 35 years. As emeritus professor of education, I will continue to promote cultural competence. 


Ed.D., Teaching, Learning, Curriculum, University of Nebraska, 2014
M.A., Historical Studies, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 2007
B.A., Psychology, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1983

Research and academic interests

I continue to work with groups interested cultural competence and skills (resilience, gratitude, many more) that promote emotional well-being. 

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards

Selected Awards and Honors

Annual "Randal M. Ernst Lecture", established by the American Psychological Association, 2017

American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for Leadership and Vision in Psychology Pedagogy, 2017

Leola Bullock Multicultural Educator of the Year, Lincoln Public Schools, 2016

Geography Educators of Nebraska (GEON) Educator of The Year, 2015

Civic Nebraska Administrator of the Year, 2014

Co-Chair, National Summit on the Teaching of High School Psychology, 2014 to 2017

Broken Bow High School Academic Hall of Fame, 2010

Nebraska Council for the Social Studies Outstanding Achievement in Social Studies
Education Award, 2007

The NAACP Service and Dedication to Children Award, 2004

Time Warner “Crystal Apple” National Teacher Award Winner, 1999

University of Nebraska Distinguished Educator Award, 1998

Nebraska Student Council Sponsor of The Year Award, 1995

National Psychology Teacher of the Year, High School Division, 1994