American Association of University Professors 
University of Nebraska at Omaha Chapter


Dr. Bernie Kolasa

Bernie Kolasa was a distinguished professor in political science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha from 1968-2000.   He was a strong advocate for academic freedom, and he was a driving force behind the development and continuation of the AAUP chapter at UNO.  He served as chapter president and just about every other capacity in the organization over his tenure at UNO.  In addition, Kolasa served on the Omaha school board for 16 years, representing southeast Omaha. He was known as a thoughtful advocate for students at both UNO and Omaha Public Schools.

Kolasa grew up in Cambridge Springs, PA. He earned his undergraduate degree from Gannon University in Erie, PA, and then moved to Lincoln for graduate studies at the University of Nebraska.

His studies were interrupted briefly when he went to work at the Pentagon as an Army intelligence officer.

Dr. Kolasa died in 2002 at the age 64.

In 2017 the UNO AAUP will award one $1000 Bernie Kolasa Academic Freedom Memorial Scholarship to a UNO graduate who will attend graduate school at any accredited university. The deadline for applications for the 2017 scholarship is Friday, March 31, 2017. You may click here to retrieve the announcement flyer, which includes instructions for submitting an application. To read more about academic freedom, click here to retrieve the AAUP's Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

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