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Susan Sarver, Ph.D.

Director of Workforce Planning and Development

Susan Sarver, Director of Workforce Planning and Development

Susan Sarver joined the Buffett Institute in 2014. Her work focuses on ensuring a skilled, informed, and diverse early childhood workforce in Nebraska and the nation. She is chair of the Nebraska team that is working with the National Academy of Medicine to examine state and national efforts based on recommendations from the recent consensus report Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation. She also is working with the Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Commission that is developing a comprehensive plan of action for expanding and strengthening the state’s early childhood workforce. Her research has been devoted to studying rural families living in poverty as well as continuity between parents and teachers. Sarver is on leave as an associate professor of child, youth, and family studies at the University of Nebraska ΜΆ Lincoln, where she provided leadership for undergraduate programs in early childhood education. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington & Lee University in Virginia, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in child and family development from the University of Georgia.

Research Interests

  • Studying rural families living in poverty
  • Continuity between parents and teachers
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