Kris Hess

Kris Hess
Kris Hess

Dean of Students

Contact Information:

  • Phone: (402) 354-7260
  • Address
  • 720 N. 87th Street
  • Riley Leinart Center, Office 2102
  • Omaha, NE 68114

BS, Kearney State College
MA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

General Background
Dr. Hess has been at Nebraska Methodist College since 2000. Dr. Hess is a psychologist by education, and prior to coming to NMC, she worked at Texas A&M University and Oklahoma State University in their counseling centers.

Notable Publications/Presentations

  • Atherton, M., Hess, K., & Hoffman M. (2009).  Assessment & Evaluation:  Innovations for Continuous Quality Improvement at a Small College.  Presented at the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators (NASPA) national conference,  Seattle, WA.
  • Hess, K. (2009, October).  Highlights from the National Symposium on Student Retention.  Presented at the GPAC/Small Colleges Meeting.  Blair, NE.
  • Boatman, S., Hess, K. Smith-Howell, D. & Taylor-Costello, J.  (2007).  Words of Wisdom:  Hearing the Stories of Women Working in Higher Education. Presented at the Nebraska Women in Higher Education Leadership state conference, Lincoln, NE.
  • Denton, M., Stenberg, K, & Meyers, T. (2002).  Rx for Wellness:  Emotional Intelligence.  Presented at the Reaching UP conference, Nebraska City, NE.
  •  Stenberg, K.  (1999).  Effects of Presenting Problem and Counseling Relationship on Client Satisfaction with Counseling.  Unpublished doctoral dissertation.  University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Professional Service/Recognition/Charitable Boards

Dr. Hess has been a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) since 1999 and has served her professional association in a number of capacities.  She has been a member of the conference planning committee, the conference program committee, and chair for the conference registration committee.  She has also served as a program reviewer.  More recently, Dr. Hess served as the secretary for Region IV-West and now holds the position as treasurer for Region IV-West.

Dr. Hess has also been involved with the Nebraska Women in Higher Education Leadership organization.  She served as NMC's institutional representative for many years, has been a member of the conference committee for many years, and served in a leadership role for this organization in the 2008-2009 year.  Dr. Hess also holds a Certification of Qualification (Certified Practitioner) for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

Outside of her profession, Dr. Hess serves as a Board of Trustee at Countryside Community Church and volunteers at Harvey Oaks Elementary, where she volunteers for different school activities and currently serves as the Book Fair co-chair.