Dustin Favinger

Senior Director, Career Development & Graduate Programs

Office: WSTC 149W   |    Phone: (308) 865-8066   |    Email: favingerdd@unk.edu

Dustin Favinger


Dustin Favinger is focused on helping students obtain their career goals -- whether it is assisting students to prepare for their future careers at the College of Business & Technology (CBT) Career Center or training them to manage an organization after completing their Master of Business Administration degree, Dustin helps students be job ready and connect with area companies. Past professional experience, before joining UNK in 2014, includes Graduate Assistant of Campus Recreation at UNK, Vice President of Operations / Director of Ticketing at Viaero Event Center, and Co-owner of Upper Room Brewery. He is a Certified Entrepreneurial Talents Coach and has membership in the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). His presentations include topics such as breaking through your comfort zone and student and employer feedback from internships. Selected to participate in Leadership Nebraska, a Chamber of Commerce and Industry Program, his public service includes the United Way of Kearney Area, Kearney Little League, and the YMCA Recognition Committee.


M.B.A., University of Nebraska - Kearney
M.A.Ed., Physical Education, University of Nebraska - Kearney
B.S., Sports Administration, University of Nebraska - Kearney

Area of expertise and research

Personal finance
Events management
Sports marketing
Career development

Why did you go into teaching?

To help students decide what to do with their professional lives. We spend so much time dedicated to our careers so it’s important to educate students on their strengths and interests to ensure they get in a successful position after college and beyond.


What do you like about teaching?

Building relationships and trust with the students. I've had the great privilege of teaching over 2,000 students since I came to UNK. I can literally be anywhere and bump into a former student. Having former students say “hi” after I've had them in class means a great deal to me.