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Galardi Named Dean of Peru State’s School of Professional Studies, Presented Nebraska State College System Teaching Excellence Award


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) President Dan Hanson today announced that Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Greg Galardi has been named dean of the college’s School of Professional Studies. Galardi, the college’s 2010 Teacher Excellence Award Winner, has also been named the 2010 Nebraska State College System Teaching Excellence Award honoree by the Board of Trustees.

Hanson said, “Since joining the Peru State College faculty in 2004, Dr. Galardi has made a profound impression on our students. He stood out very quickly as a leader because of his hard work ethic, outstanding teaching methods and can-do attitude, making him the perfect selection for the position of dean of our School of Professional Studies and the NSCS Teaching Excellence Award. We are excited to see what the future holds for this outstanding educator.”

NSCS Chancellor Stan Carpenter said, “Dr. Galardi draws from his substantial law enforcement experience to engage students and promote active learning in both the classroom and in online courses. He helps students develop critical thinking and leadership skills in new and challenging ways. His innovate teaching style is a great asset to Peru State College and its students.”

The NSCS award is presented annually to one full-time faculty member who demonstrates innovation and leadership in teaching and service across the system, which includes Chadron, Peru and Wayne State Colleges. The award includes a $3,000 stipend and medallion.

In addition to teaching a variety of criminal justice and graduate management research courses at PSC, Galardi currently serves as director of Pre-collegiate Programs and Community Outreach, assistant men’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator, and advisor for the PSC Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice Club. He previously served as director of Graduate Studies and assistant women’s basketball coach. 

A former Marine and retired Papillion (Neb.) police lieutenant, Galardi earned numerous commendations and awards during his law enforcement career. He was named Employee of the Year in 1998 by the City of Papillion, Officer of the Year in 1994 by the City of Papillion Police Department and Employee of the Year for the City of LaVista in 1988.

Galardi is a member of the Nebraska Chapter of International Association for Identification, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Lambda Alpha Epsilon- American Criminal justice Association, American Evaluation Association and U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). He is an associate editor for the Lambda Alpha Epsilon’s Journal of the American Criminal Justice Association, a peer reviewer for USASBE, and former chairperson and editor of the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching Criminal Justice Advisory Board. Galardi has also served as a peer reviewer for a wide variety of academic publications and made a variety of presentations on academic success, online instruction and criminal justice issues across the country.

In addition to his professional commitments, Galardi has been very involved in community activities. He volunteered with the Special Olympics and has served as a youth basketball coach for more than 20 years for the Catholic Youth Organization, LaVista Youth Recreation League, Auburn City Recreation League, YMCA, Wahoo Recreation League and Wahoops, as well as other youth basketball programs. Galardi was recognized by the Governor of Nebraska in both 1998 and 1999 for his role in the Special Olympics Torch Run and the Cop on Top fundraising program.

Galardi earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bellevue College, a master’s degree in human resource administration from Central Michigan University, a master’s degree in business administration with a focus in justice administration from Northcentral University, and a doctorate in business administration from Northcentral University. 

The Nebraska State College System serves 9,000 students from Nebraska and the surrounding states through three geographically diverse institutions: Chadron State College, Peru State College, and Wayne State College. Combined, the three colleges offer more than 200 degree, certificate, and pre-professional programs that are accessible on the three campuses, via the Internet, and in several satellite locations throughout the state. With more than 250 credentialed faculty members and 50,000 successful graduates, the Nebraska State College System provides significant human and intellectual capital that contributes to the current and future economic strength of the State of Nebraska.