Rodney Verhoeff, PMP®, CSM, CSPO, SPC4 is an instructor and Senior Program Manager at Creighton University Heider College of Business who brings over twenty years’ experience in program and project leadership and niche management consulting firm ownership in project management, environmental science, IT and instruction and professional training. Rodney oversees the Masters Certificate in Project Management (MCPM) program, leads the project component of the Leadership Experience Accelerator Program (LEAP), and instructs and consults for external partnership project management and leadership programs. In 2019, he received the Cahill Award for Excellence for his efforts and contributions to the Heider College of Business. Rodney is committed to motivating and engaging his students as they navigate their learning journey.
He says, “my role is to provide the guidance and opportunities that allow students to explore subjects and make ‘discoveries’ that will help them become better problem-solvers and critical-thinkers. I believe we need to ‘color outside the lines, while staying on the page’ in order to unlock creativity and innovative thought. Ultimately, it is about pulling together ideas, tools, techniques, and knowledge into our collective ‘toolbox’ that we draw from as we navigate the challenges, changes and issues of our lives and careers.”
Rodney has served in a variety of capacities ranging from environmental scientist and executive director, to invasive species coordinator, including leading two regional watershed management entities in Nebraska - the Niobrara Scenic River Council and the Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance. He is currently involved with the accreditation process for HCB and has past experience successfully gaining accreditation for a project management undergraduate program through the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center (PMI-GAC) – something only a handful of schools in the world have received.
His ongoing research interests include soil physics, geostatistics, agronomy and emotional intelligence.
Rodney holds a Project Management Professional (PMP®) designation and is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and Scaled Agile Consultant (SPC4). He also holds certifications in non-profit leadership and watershed management. He earned his B.Sc. in Natural Resources, with a major in Water Science and his M.Sc. in Agronomy, with specialization in soil and water science and soil physics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received the highest commendation from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for his dedication to Nebraska’s natural resources and has been known to navigate the waters of Nebraska in canoe, kayak and even an airboat on the lower Platte River.