Biography of Jonathan Shields

Full Title: Academic Coach
Building: Love Building: TLC
Room Number: 302
Email: joshield [at] ucollege [dot] edu
Work Phone: 402.486.2089
Fax: 402.486.2691
Departments: Teaching Learning Center - 402.486.2506
Academic Background
  • B.S. in Behavioral Science and Business, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, Tenn., 1976
  • Graduate studies in Guidance and Counseling, University of Minnesota, 1977-1979
  • Completed Secondary Teaching Certification in the Social Sciences at Mary University, Bismarck, N.D., 1982.
  • Started graduate studies toward a MBA at St. Cloud State University, Minn.
  • Completed graduate studies in 2012 with a Masters in Management at the Doane College, Lincoln campus.
Campus & Community Involvement:

Collegeview Church, Chair of the Human Resource Committee

Professional Background:

Started employment at Union College in July of 2004. The Assistant in Financial Adminsitration with Human Resource, Risk Management, and Safety responsibilities was a new position. Previously, the duties were accomplished by others in the finance and accounting offices.

Previous to employment at Union College, I worked at Maplewood Academy from 1992-2004 as vice-principal, business manager, and instructor for business education and Spanish. Previous education experience included employment at three other academies in various positions as boy's dean, teacher, and business manager.

Personal Information:

Our family specializes in travel around the US and the world. We most enjoy travel in Minnesota and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. I enjoy traditional American music and play the guitar and banjo. For fun, I enjoy cutting red and white oak trees from our Minnesota property and transforming the logs into lumber for woodworking projects. Any free time is spent in reading about history, the cosmos, theology, and spiritual topics. 


Nathan (son): Attended Union College, then Newbold College, then Segunto, and finished at Southern.  Worked at Union for six years  as Enrollment Advisor Extraordinaire.  Currently finishing graduate studies in International Development at Andrews University's abroad program.  Nathan is a world traveler for both business and personal enrichment. His wit, brilliance and adaptability in all cultures, along with his willingness to include the old man in his leisure activities make him my first choice for "hijo increible."  Nathan found the woman of his dreams, Emilia in Finland,  where he currently lives, and is blessed with their first daughter, Silja.

Esther (daughter), graduated from Union College with a double major in Communications, PR, and Institutional Development. She  used those talents at Union College in Student Finance department.  In October of 2008, wedding bells chimed and her husband, Tyson Shaw, became the luckiest man in the universe.  She was also selected for the "Most Talented, Intelligent, Caring, and Beautiful Daughter Award" by the "father of the bride."  Esther is a full-time wonder-woman homemaker caring for our granddaughter, Abigail while Tyson works for the Bureau of Prison as a Human Resource Attorney.


Maureen Shields, prettiest red-head in Lincoln, could win a most outstanding mom award in a world-wide competition, and has already been selected for the Minnesota Outstanding Gourmet Chef by her husband. She is currently employed as a support and care-giver for seniors at Home Instead. She has yet to ever lose a trivial pursuit competition.  She is also a super-grammy for her two gifted granddaughters.