Office of the Dean

Dean of Fine Arts & Humanities

Office: FAB 300   |    Phone: (308) 865-8521   |    Email:

Dr. William Jurma

Brief Biography

Before being named dean, Dr. Jurma served as the associate dean for the UNK College of Fine Arts and Humanities.

Dr. Jurma holds the rank of professor in the Department of Communication, and has directed student research at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Author of a book entitled Small Group Discussion, he has also published extensively in refereed journals and presented at numerous scholarly conferences.

In addition, he has extensive experience as a consultant in leadership and communication for business and industry. He has served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tandy Corporation, Nations Bank, Pier 1 Imports, All Saints Hospital, Bank Of Wood River, Dawson Public Power District, Chief Industries and the Nebraska LEAD Program. He has also provided expert analysis for news media, including ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX Affiliates, for presidential debates and speeches.

Dr. Jurma joined the UNK campus in 1998. Before coming to UNK, he had been department chair and an associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Texas Christian University. He has also taught at The University of Michigan, DePauw University and Indiana University. His degrees include the Ph.D. and M.A. from Indiana University, and a B.A. from Oberlin College.

College of Fine Arts and Humanities Home Page

Administrative Assistant:
Marcia Burman
phone: (308) 865-8521

At the Chancellors Convocation on August 22, 2014, Marcia Burman received the Staff Award for Excellence. This award is in recognition of outstanding contributions to the University of Nebraska at Kearney, its students, faculty and staff.

Associate Dean

Daren Snider
Daren Snider
Associate Dean,
Professor of German
Fine Arts 300B

Ph.D., University of Utah, 2000
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991
B.A., University of California, 1990

Research and Teaching
Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy
German literature, culture, film