Welcome To The UNLV College of Education

The College of Education is committed to creating an intellectual environment that promotes quality instruction, significant research, and professional service. Particular attention is focused on preparing professionals for diverse educational settings and on contributing to educational and pedagogical knowledge through scholarly endeavors. The College provides leadership in both the art and science of educational practice. Furthermore, the College is committed to creating an inclusive learning environment that values and promotes diversity. Collaboration among students, faculty, other professionals, and community members is essential to the College in achieving its goals. Integral to the mission is a dedication to being a premier college of education that serves our dynamic and expanding community, the state, the region, and the nation.

Dr. Jane McCarthy

Dr. Jane McCarthy, Executive Associate Dean of the UNLV College of Education, was named President of the World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education (WFATE) at their recent conference in Beijing. She will serve a two year term of office.

It is the mission of the World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education to build a global community of teacher educators and to promote trans-national collaboration, support, and research and development in teacher education. Membership consists of teacher education associations and individual members from around the world. The aims of the World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education are to:

  • To establish a worldwide community for teacher education.
  • To promote the development of teacher education associations throughout the world by:
    • Creating cooperative networks between teacher education associations.
    • Sharing information, resources and expertise.
    • Supporting countries and regions in developing teacher education institutions.
  • To represent the interests of teacher education associations to international bodies and organizations.
  • To provide equitable educational opportunities by promoting quality teacher education throughout the world.

More information about the association can be found at the World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education website.

Dr. Christine Clark

Dr. Christine Clark, Professor and Senior Scholar in Multicultural Education from the Department of Teaching & Learning, recently received the 2014 G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator of the Year Award. To receive this award, a multicultural educator had to show evidence of long term, scholarly commitment to teaching from a multicultural perspective. There are multiple facets of diversity (e.g., race, ethnicity, social class, gender, language, sexual orientation, exceptionality, belief systems) addressed in the recipient's work. The recipient is an example of multicultural ideals and practices (e.g., teaching excellence, service in the community, participation in local, regional, or national organizations.

Dr. Clifford R. McClain

The Nevada Association of Career and Technical Education (NACTE) recently honored Dr. Clifford R. McClain as the Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, at their Annual Conference in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. This award was presented in recognition of his outstanding service, devotion, and leadership in Career and Technical Education.

While at the Annual Conference, Dr. McClain also made two presentations. He presented with Ms. Celine Endy, a UNLV Sophomore and the Administrative Vice President of the UNLV Collegiate DECA organization. Their presentation was entitled, Why Not a Collegiate CTSO? This presentation discussed the need for more student leadership organizations on Nevada's several collegiate campuses, while highlighting the success of the new UNLV DECA Chapter. Dr. McClain also presented a paper entitled, I'm Not What Others Think: Countering Stereotype Threat. This presentation discussed how repeated experiences of negative stereotyping can lead to diminished confidence, poor performance, and loss of interest by many of our students, especially on cognitive high threat tests.

Dr. McClain is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Career and Technical and Postsecondary Education program in the Department of Teaching and Learning.

Faculty traveled to Australia in September to attend an international conference sponsored by the UNLV Department of Educational & Clinical Studies and the University of New South Wales School of Education. The conference was titled: Special Education: Building Bridges Among Researchers and Practitioners Conference. An electronic version of the official conference proceedings is available in PDF format.

Special recognition to UNLV College of Education faculty members, Dr. Randy Boone and Dr. Kyle Higgins, who aided in editing these proceedings.

The UNLV Graduate College is pleased to announce the following scholarship, fellowship and award opportunities. Apply for a variety of merit-based scholarships and fellowships. Applications for 2015-2016 awards must be submitted via Apply Yourself by 5pm on 12/1/14. For additional information visit the Graduate College Scholarships and Fellowships site.

UNLV Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
Academic Colleges must submit their nominations to the Graduate College by 12/1/14 by emailing them to: GradStudentSvc@unlv.edu. The 1st place winner will receive a $2,500 award, the 2nd place winner will receive a $2,000 award, and the 3rd place winner will receive a $1,500 award. More information can be found at the UNLV Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award site.

UNLV Graduate College Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards
Academic Colleges must submit their nominations to the Graduate College by 12/1/14 by emailing them to: GradStudentSvc@unlv.edu. There is a $1,000 prize for the author of the Outstanding Dissertation, and a $750 prize for the author of the Outstanding Thesis. More information can be found at the UNLV Graduate College Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards site.

Outstanding Graduate College Faculty Award
This prestigious annual award recognizes one outstanding graduate faculty member with a documented record of dedication to, and successful mentorship of, graduate students and has demonstrated excellence in graduate education. Nominations are due to the Graduate College by 5 p.m. on Dec. 1st, 2014. More information can be found at the Outstanding Graduate College Faculty Award site.

Faculty traveled to Australia in September to attend an international conference sponsored by the UNLV Department of Educational & Clinical Studies and the University of New South Wales School of Education. The conference was titled: Special Education: Building Bridges Among Researchers and Practitioners Conference. An electronic version of the official conference proceedings is available in PDF format.

Special recognition to UNLV College of Education faculty members, Dr. Randy Boone and Dr. Kyle Higgins, who aided in editing these proceedings.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas will announce during its annual Foundation Dinner a $12.9 million gift from estate of the late philanthropist Kitty Rodman. Per Rodman’s request, funds will be directed to the College of Education to support scholarships and graduate fellowships for UNLV students studying special education. UNLV expects the funds to generate more than $400,000 per year for awards. The gift is the largest ever to the College of Education, and it is also the top scholarship and realized estate gift the university has ever received. Rodman was a founding member of the UNLV Jean Nidetch Women’s Center and a 25-year member of the UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees. She was a staple at UNLV academic and community events, supported scholarships, helped establish the physical therapy program at UNLV, and funded the construction of campus residence halls – one of which is named in her honor. She died this past February.

Thomas Pierce, Professor and Chair of the Department Education & Clinical Studies, said locally and nationwide there are critical shortages of teachers in all areas and disciplines, particularly in special education. The endowment, which is the largest single source of funds at UNLV for doctoral fellowships, will help UNLV recruit students from Nevada and out of state to the academic field.

With deepest sadness we announce the passing of Dr. Paul Jones, long-time faculty member from Educational Psychology and Higher Education in the College of Education. Paul joined the UNLV faculty in 1987 after working as a psychologist in full-time private practice in Las Vegas. He earned a BA and MA in Psychology from Eastern New Mexico University, and an EdD in Counseling from New Mexico State University. Paul's record of service to his department, the college, the University, and the professional and local community was outstanding and colleagues, students, and community members in the Las Vegas area held him in highest regard.

Gifts in memory of Dr. Paul Jones can be given to the UNLV Foundation for the College of Education Scholarship Fund. Checks may be issued to the UNLV Foundation and sent to:
UNLV Foundation
4505 Maryland Parkway Box 451006
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1006.
Donors should note on the check memo line "In memory of Dr. Paul Jones."

Donations also can be made online through the UNLV Foundation website. Select "College of Education." After the gift amount is entered, please select "College of Education Scholarships" for the designation. At the tribute section at the bottom of the page, please add "Dr. Paul Jones" as the honoree.

Dean Kim Metcalf made a visit to Washington D.C. in mid-September to attend the AERA OIA Fall Policy Meeting. During this visit Dean Metcalf also met with Congressman Mark Amodei, United States Representative for Nevada's second Congressional District, and presented him a UNLV Flag. This bright red flag was a welcomed addition to Congressman Amodei's office, spreading UNLV Pride to Washington D.C.

Apply for a variety of merit-based scholarships and fellowships. Applications for 2015-2016 awards open via Apply Yourself on October 1, 2014 and complete applications must be submitted via Apply Yourself by 5pm on December 1, 2014 (for applications and supporting letters).

General Information and Guidelines

  • The application portal will open on Wednesday, October 1st.
  • Each scholarship/fellowship is awarded for both the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters.
  • Recipients must remain in good standing in your degree program and enroll in a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship/fellowship year (fall 2015-spring 2016) in order to be eligible for an award.
  • All awards are subject to funding; award amounts change annually. Final award packages/amounts will be noted on award letters to recipients.

For more information visit the UNLV Graduate College website.

UNLV College of Education alumni are invited to join fellow graduates and share your stories about life after graduation! The COE Alumni Chapter is hosting an event prior to the UNLV Men's Soccer game vs. the Air Force Academy. Wear your pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and cheer the Rebels on to victory: All for a great cause!

The mission of the COE Alumni Chapter is to keep the College of Education graduates connected to one other and the university both socially and professionally and to provide diverse programs and events that bring our alumni together as a community, wherever they may be located. Our goals and objectives are to develop educational events that will support of educators as well as our alumni not directly serving in the field; to support the UNLV College of Education in its mission to create an intellectual environment that promotes quality instruction, significant research, and professional service; to reach out to and engage our over 19,000 local and widespread alumni and build a community dedicated to enriching the lives and careers of our current and future education professionals; and to develop a diverse slate of activities, programs, and resources to foster a lifelong commitment to our field and to the university.

Congratulations to Dr. Josh Baker and Dr. Cori More on a newly sponsored project. Dr. Baker (Project-Director) and Dr. More (Project Co-Director) of the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies were notified as recipients of a Personnel Preparation in Special Education grant funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The purpose of the project is to address the shortage of licensed teachers in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Intellectual Disability (ID) by providing a one-year fast track dual licensure path in ASD and ID. This project was awarded $1,151,680 to cover tuition, books, professional organization membership, and small travel stipends for 50 teachers across 5 years.

Dr. Joseph Morgan

In a special ceremony at Mayor Goodman's Office, the Mayor proclaimed September 4, 2014 "Joseph Morgan Day" in the City of Las Vegas. Dr. Morgan, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational & Clinical Studies, was recognized for his dedication to the City of Las Vegas, his leadership in the Downtown Achieves Project, and his leadership as a professor at UNLV. In front of many of his UNLV colleagues, his Downtown Achieves colleagues, his Teach for America colleagues, and his Clark County School District colleagues, Dr. Morgan was both surprised and honored. Congratulations Dr. Joe Morgan.

Dr. Morgan has worked with students with high incidence disabilities at the secondary level as a teacher and a facilitator. He currently teaches courses on the provision of access to the general education curricula for students with high incidence disabilities and multicultural perspectives in special education. His dissertation focused on teaching online social skills to students with emotional and behavioral disorders, for which he was named a President's Fellow during his doctoral studies. His current research interests are centered around the provision of access to the general education environment for culturally and linguistically diverse students with disabilities (academic, social, and technological).

Emeritus Professor Dr. Porter Troutman was featured on the news for his continuing work with the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP). A video clip of Dr. Troutman's interview is available off of the Fox 5 News site.

The NYSP is an academic and sports enrichment program that's open to all students that are ages 10-16. The program serves as a positive alternative to violence, gangs, and drug abuse. Its focuses include Positive Action (An Evidence Based Drug Prevention with Enrichment Components), Success Maker (Technology Literacy Program that focus on Math and Reading), STEM (Science Technology Math Engineering) Career Education, Health and Nutrition, Higher Education Topics, Mentoring, Bullying, Conflict Resolution, Diversity, Family Risks and Protective Factors, Dropouts and Individual and Team Sports (Golf, Tennis, Swimming, Basketball, Dance, Soccer, Flag Football and Volleyball).

Dr. Nancy Lough

Dr. Nancy Lough will be honored as Sport Marketing Association Research Fellow at the group's annual conference in Philadelphia in October. The Sport Marketing Association Research Fellow recognizes individual scholars who have shown excellence in the area of sport marketing research, honoring the work that they have disseminated through SMA and its official journal, Sport Marketing Quarterly.

The SMA Research Fellow designation is intended to: (a) be one of distinction within SMA and Fellows' own academic communities, and (b) encourage high standards of research and other forms of scholarship among SMA's members.

Congratulations to Dr. Lough for this prestigious award.

The UNLV Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders announces a partnership with the University of Nevada School of Medicine. The purpose of the partnership is to bring more services to autistic children, in the form of a two-story center across from UNLV's main campus. More information about the partnership is available at the following websites:

The UNLV Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders conducts community-focused research, assessment, and training of persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), their families, and community service providers in Southern Nevada. The goal of the center is to be a nationally recognized leader in the field of ASD through high quality research, assessment, and training.

Learn more about the UNLV Center of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dr. Jane McCarthy

The College of Education would like to announce that Dr. Jane McCarthy has accepted an offer to serve as Interim Executive Associate Dean of the College for the 2014-15 academic year. Dr. McCarthy's history with the College and University, her experience in the Dean's Office, and her awareness of the tremendous dynamism that exists in Education today will be invaluable to the College. Her engagement in the work of the Task Force's both as a Facilitator and as a member of the Alignment Committee give her a particularly rich understanding of the College and the work that lies ahead of us.

Dr. Jane McCarthy previously served a two-year term as Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was appointed to this position in July, 2005. She is also the Director of the Accelerated Schools Project at UNLV. In this position, she works with schools with high percentages of students in at-risk situations. She is currently working intensively with a school district on the Navajo Reservation. She also serves as the Past-President of the national Association of Teacher Educators. She has recently been appointed to the NCATE Board for Specialty Area Subjects. Dr. McCarthy previously served as the Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (now the Department of Teaching & Learning) and Chair of the UNLV Faculty Senate. She has an extensive record of research and publication in the fields of school reform, classroom management, and effective teaching strategies for students in at-risk situations. She has been a faculty member at the University of Houston, Rice University, and a project director at Stanford University before coming to UNLV sixteen years ago. Dr. McCarthy is a member of numerous boards and committees. She has served as the chair of the Classroom Management Special Interest Group for the American Educational Research Association and the Accelerated Schools Special Interest Group. She has been the chair of the Executive Committee of the Accelerated Schools national center. She has served as state president for ATE as well as for AACTE. She also serves on numerous university level committees including the UNLV Planning Council. Dr. McCarthy has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Inquiry Award given for research by the Accelerated Schools National Center, the Outstanding Faculty Award, given by the Board of Regents, and the Outstanding Faculty Award given by the UNLV Alumni Association. Dr. McCarthy received her B.A. in History and Sociology from Douglass College of Rutgers University, her M.S. in Education from Florida State University, and her Ed.D. in Teacher Education from the University of Houston.

Nathan Slife

Nathan Slife has been selected as the Coordinator of the College of Education's First Year Seminar (FYS) and Second Year Seminar (SYS). Nathan, along with Dr. Vicki Rosser (Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education), has been instrumental in creating courses for both the FYS and SYS. In his new position, Nathan will be responsible for scheduling and teaching courses, hiring instructors, and generating information and data about the FYS and SYS. The College of Education is pleased that Nathan will continue to oversee these important courses for our undergraduate students.

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