Dr. LeAnn G. Putney, Ph.D.
Department: Educational Psychology & Higher Education
Position: Full Professor and Department Chair
Office: CEB 320B
Alma Mater: University of California, Santa Barbara
Areas of Expertise: Ethnographic Research, Discourse Analysis, Action Research
Research Interests: Collective Classroom Efficacy, Linguistically diverse classrooms
Biographical Description: LeAnn G. Putney, professor in educational psychology, joined the UNLV faculty in 1997. She earned her B.A. in Spanish and English from Indiana State University, her M.A. in Multicultural/Multilingual Education from California State University, Stanislaus, and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Language, Culture, and Literacy from the University of California, Santa Barbara. LeAnn specializes in teaching various courses in qualitative research. LeAnn is active in AERA, ATE, and TESOL professional organizations. Her ethnographic research has focused on how teachers and students construct responsible communities for academic success in K-12 schools from a Vygotskian perspective. She has also examined teacher efficacy and collective classroom efficacy from a Vygotskian perspective to illustrate how efficacy can be developed and enhanced. LeAnn co-founded Innovations International Charter School of NV and serves as Director of Research.