Always willing to listen, S. Kay Rockwell really cared about others and strove to help them achieve their best. She spent the majority of her career in academia, first as an instructor at Lincoln General Hospital and then as the acting assistant director for nursing education for the institution. Dr. Rockwell proceeded to join the University of Nebraska, where she stayed until she retired in 2003. Her positions there included evaluation technologist, member of the advisory board for the Department of Adult Education and Social Foundation, assistant professor in the cooperative extension division, evaluation specialist, and associate professor. From 1987 to 1990, she was the researcher-in-brief and editor of Journal Extension.
When Dr. Rockwell wasn’t working, she was using her skills to help her community. She was a member and chairman of the Social Ministry Committee of the Nebraska Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, a board member in the advocacy office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, a consultant to extension specialists and agents on program evaluation and a trainer on program evaluation for Nebraska Extension, and a presenter of workshops and symposia in the field. In recognition of her success, Dr. Rockwell earned a certificate of achievement from Epsilon Sigma Phi in 1991 and inclusion in the 4th edition of Who’s Who in American Education.
Dr. Rockwell prepared for her endeavors by earning a PhD in community and human resources, a Master of Arts in adult and continuing education, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Nebraska in 1984, 1975, and 1962, respectively. She was also a graduate in nursing at Lincoln General Hospital in 1960 and became a registered nurse in the state of Nebraska. Further, Dr. Rockwell joined prominent professional organizations like the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association, Adult and Continuing Education Association of Nebraska, United States International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, Epsilon Sigma Phi, and Gamma Sigma Delta.
Now in retirement, Dr. Rockwell enjoys spending time with her three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She also continues in her role as the north central region representative for the Extension Education Evaluation Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association, which she’s held since 1990.