Sam Umland


Office: THMH 202B   |    Phone: (308) 865-8415   |    Email:

Samuel J. Umland


Dr. Umland arrived at UNK in 1988. His areas of specialization are in Literary Theory, Popular Culture, and Film and Media Studies. He was the recipient of the Pratt-Heins Award for Distinguished Research in 2004 and was awarded the Leland Holdt/Security Mutual Life Insurance Company Distinguished Faculty Award in 2016. He has served as the English Department Chair since August 2011. 


  • Ph.D., English. University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
  • M.A., English. University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 
  • B.A., English. University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Current Courses

  • English 234: Reading and Writing About Literature
  • English 374: History of the Motion Picture

Selected Recent Publications