Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist '“ Entrepreneurship/Business Development

Phone: 308-632-1234.  Fax: 308-632-1365
Email: cburkhartkriesel1@unl.edu

Education/degrees

  • Ph.D. 1992 University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Emphasis: Community and Human Resources. Dissertation: Social Interaction in Adult Distance Education
  • M.S. 1982 Colorado State University. Emphasis: Consumer Sciences. Thesis: Colorado Rural Elderly: Energy Opinions and Behaviors
  • B.S. 1976 University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Emphasis: Consumer Affairs.

Employment Experience:

  • Extension Community Vitality Specialist & Associate Professor - University of Nebraska, Lincoln (current)
  • Panhandle Learning Center Coordinator - University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Independent Educational Consultant, Gurley, Nebraska
  • Regis University Adjunct Faculty, Denver, Colorado
  • University of Nebraska Extension Agent Chair, Scotts Bluff/Morrill Counties, Bridgeport
  • Kriesel Certified Seed Co-owner/Operator, Gurley, Nebraska (current)
  • North Dakota State University Extension Agent At Large, Dickinson, North Dakota

Current Extension Programming Emphasis:

Issue: New Resident Recruitment and Retention

Issue: Strengthening Small Business Profitability

Issue: Providing Communities with Current Data for Robust Community Decisions


Selected Funded Research:

Rural Futures Institute, $57,073, December, 2013 - 2016.  Bridging the Skills Gap: Workforce Development in the Great Plains. (Multi-state team; Co-PI).

Rural Futures Institute, $98,079, December, 2012 - 2014. Community Marketing: Taking a New Look at Rural Communities in the Great Plains. (Multi-state team; PI).

NCR Sustainable Agriculture Research Extension (SARE) Professional Development, $73,984, 2009 - 2010. Business Feasibility, Marketing and On-line Direct Marketing: In-depth Training to Better Serve Sustainable Agricultural Businesses.  UNL Extension Entrepreneurship Work Group Initiative. (Co-PI).

USDA National Research Initiative - Rural Development, $498,000, 2008 - 2012 .Marketing Rural Communities to Attract and Retain Workers. (Multi-state team; Lead Co-PI).

USDA National Research Initiative - Rural Development, $220,000, 2006 - 2008. Relocation to the Buffalo Commons: Using a marketing approach to understand residential decisions among migrants to the Nebraska Panhandle. (PI).

Nebraska Worker Training Program – Nebraska Department of Labor, $19,200, 1998 - 2000.  (PI).

 

Selected Publications:

Journals

Burkhart-Kriesel, C., Cantrell, R., Narjes, C., Vogt, R., Hodur, N. (2015). Marketing rural communities: A qualitative study on the power of community images.  Journal of the Community Development Society, 45(2), 181-194.

Nene G., Johnson, B., Cantrell, R., Burkhart-Kriesel, C., Narjes, C., & Vogt, R. (2009). Community recruitment and retention of new residents: A study using a market assessment   process. Online Journal of Rural Research & Policy - Rural Development Special Issue. 4(1), 1-27.  Retrieved July 1, 2009 from http://ojrrp.org/journals/ojrrp/article/view/75

Cantrell, R., Burkhart-Kriesel, C., Johnson, B., Narjes, C. & Vogt, R. (2008). Moving to the rural Great Plains: Point of origin differences in the decision making process. Great Plains Research. 18(2), 155-164.

Burkhart-Kriesel, C. & Francis, C. (2007). Red carpet service - Linking rural communities to travelers and tourists. Journal of Extension, 45(6), Article 6FEA7. Retrieved January 1, 2008 from  http://www.joe.org/joe/2007december/a7.shtml

Extension publications

Burkhart-Kriesel, C., Vogt, R., Cantrell, R. (2013). Using focus groups to understand what new residents want and need in a community.  Marketing Hometown America (embedded within the electronic magazine). Retrieved December 1, 2013 at:  http://em-zmags.unl.edu/mha/FocusGroups.pdf 

Cantrell, R., Burkhart-Kriesel, C., Vogt, R., Thares, P. (2013). Learning about the local labor market. Marketing Hometown America (embedded as a resource within the electronic magazine). Retrieved December 1, 2013 at: http://em-zmags.unl.edu/mha/LaborVacancySurvey.pdf 

Vogt, R., Burkhart-Kriesel, C., Cantrell, R. (2013).  Using surveys to learn the opinions of new residents.  Marketing Hometown America (embedded as a resource within the electronic magazine). ). Retrieved December 1, 2013 at: http://em-zmags.unl.edu/mha/HouseholdSurvey.pdf 

Burkhart-Kriesel, C., Cantrell, R., Johnson, B., Narjes, C., Vogt, R. & O’Brien, T. (2010). Tailoring rural community web sites to new residents.  Extension Circular  EC 859. Retrieved February 1, 2010 from http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/live/ec859/build/ec859.pdf

 

Recognition:

  • University of Nebraska Gamma Sigma Delta Excellence in Extension, 2015.
  • National Rural Sociological Society Excellence in Extension and Outreach , 2015.
  • National Community Development Society Innovation Award for Marketing Hometown America, 2014.
  • National and North Central Region Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Excellence in Teamwork Award for Marketing Hometown America, 2014.
  • Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement Inductee, 2014.
  • National and North Central Region Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Educational Technology Team Award for Red Carpet Service On-Line, 2011.
  • National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science National and North Central Internet Technology Award for Red Carpet Service On-Line: 24/7 Hospitality Training for the Tourism Industry, 2010.