Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel
Associate Professor & Extension Specialist – Entrepreneurship/Business Development
Phone: 308-632-1234.  Fax: 308-632-1365


  • 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.

Awards and Honors

  • 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.
  • National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, Excellence in Teamwork Award for Red Carpet Service, 2008.

Professional Society Memberships

  • Rural Sociological Society, 2007 - current
  • National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, 2004 - current
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi, 2001 - current
  • Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association, 1986-89 and 1998 - current
  • Nebraska Economic Development Association, 2001- current
  • Community Development Society, 1994-97 and 2001- current

Research Interests

  • New resident recruitment and retention
  • Great Plains migration

Extension Interests

  • Entrepreneurship/business development (marketing)
  • Tourism development (guest/customer services)
  • Value-added agriculture transitions

Major Project Activities

  • 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. (2009). Red Carpet Service On-line. (An eight module interactive web program for front-line employees based on the face-to-face program. Total approximate time for participants to complete - two hours. Formally endorsed by the NE Travel Association for their members.) Available at:

Recent Selected Publications

International Experience

  • Former International 4-H Youth Exchangee to Switzerland – a six month intensive experience on living and working on farms in five regions of the country