Ryan Teten


Office: THMH 108   |    Phone: (308) 865-8881   |    Email: tetenrl@unk.edu

Ryan Tten


Ryan Teten has served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since summer 2019.

Prior to joining UNK, he was associate dean of the University College and Anthony Moroux/BORSF Endowed Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Teten served as associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts from 2010-12 and chair of the Political Science Department from 2014-16, all at Louisiana-Lafayette, and was selected as a founding member of the University of Louisiana System Management and Leadership Institute in 2017.

He was an assistant professor at Northern Kentucky University from 2004-08.

Teten has proposed, designed and taught numerous in-class and online courses and internships, and has extensive student-advising experience. He has served on more than 50 collegiate committees and has administrative experience in leadership and faculty development, university accreditation, employee evaluations, budgetary management, strategic planning, vision and mission statement establishment and implementation, community outreach and student mentoring and recruitment.

He's published numerous articles and books focusing on political communication and policy-making. His scholarly activity and teaching is in campaigns and elections, the presidency, political documentaries, Sept. 11, volatile political issues and film and other contemporary and popular culture research and writing on American politics.

Teten earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and English from Clemson University and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, where he studied political science with a specialization in American politics and political institutions.

A Nebraska native, Teten continues to help manage his family’s 5,000-acre farm near Broken Bow.

UNK’s College of Arts and Sciences was created in August 2018 by the merger of the colleges of Natural and Social Sciences and Fine Arts and Humanities.