Class of 1954
Hall of Honor 2009
After graduating from Grand Island Senior High School, Rosemarie Keller Skaine attended Sioux Falls College and the University of South Dakota. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Dakota (1958) with majors in sociology and speech. She earned a Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Northern Iowa (1977).
Skaine was an Administrative and Legislative Assistant to the Chair of President Kennedy's Consumer Advisory Council, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (1963). She served as a high school teacher in English at Ovid Central School, Ovid, New York (1958-1961). She also has served as an adjunct instructor at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa and Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, Iowa.
Skaine has authored eleven books and several national and international articles. Her books with McFarland Publishers include: Women of Afghanistan in the Post-Taliban Era (2008); Women Political Leaders in Africa (2008); Female Suicide Bombers (2006); Female Genital Mutilation: Legal, Cultural and Medical Issues (2005); The Cuban Family: Custom and Change in an Era of Hardship (2004); Paternity and American Law (2003); The Women of Afghanistan Under the Taliban (2002); Women College Basketball Coaches (2001); Women at War: Gender Issues of Americans in Combat (1999); and Power and Gender: Issues in Sexual Dominance and Harassment (1996). In addition, Skaine coauthored her father’s biography with her father and her husband, A Man of the Twentieth Century: Recollections of Warren V. Keller, A Nebraskan As told to Rosemarie Keller Skaine and James C. Skaine, Author’s Castle Publishing (1999).
Skaine’s articles include: “Women's Leadership in Africa", SAGE reference project Gender and Women's Leadership (forthcoming); “Female Genital Mutilation,” World Book Encyclopedia Online (2008 ); “Overturning Paternity,” 2004 Family Law Update, Aspen Publishers; "Neither Afghan Nor Islam," Ethnicities, Sage Publishing (2002 ); "Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis," and "Sexual Harassment," The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (1999); and coauthored, "Organizational Structure, Supervision and Job Satisfaction," Osmania Journal of Sociology (1979).
Skaine’s special awards include: The Gustavus Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America (1997) for her outstanding work on intolerance in North America for her book, Power and Gender: Issues in Sexual Dominance and Harassment, McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers (1996). The Iowa State American Association of University Women (AAUW) presented Skaine an Award for Excellence and Honorary State Membership (2009-2010) in appreciation for her significant contributions to AAUW (2009). The International Congress on Family Law awarded her a Delegate Certificate for participation in the XII International Congress on Family Law, Havana, Cuba (2002).
Skaine and her husband, James, professor emeritus, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls have two sons, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is a native of Grand Island and is the daughter of Warren V. Keller and Marie Kuehner Keller.