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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. Kim Metcalf joins the faculty at UNLV after serving as Dean of the College of Education, Interim Vice Provost for Operations and Sponsored Research, and Director of Institutional Research at the University of West Georgia. Before this he was a member of the faculty of the School of Education at Indiana University-Bloomington.
Dr. Metcalf began his career as a public school band and orchestra teacher after receiving his bachelor's degree in Music Education from Ball State University. In 1989, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University in Teacher Education and Educational Research and Evaluation.
Dr. Metcalf's research in teacher education and in education policy, particularly his research on school choice, has been recognized by the Association of Teacher Educators, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and the American Evaluation Association, among others. His publications include a co-authored textbook, "The Act of Teaching," now in its sixth edition.
Previous leadership positions include service as director of the Indiana Center for Evaluation (Indiana University, 1997-2003) and as an associate superintendent for research and assessment (Monroe County Community Schools, Bloomington, Indiana, 2004-2006).
Dr. Metcalf succeeds Dr. William Speer, who has served as interim dean of the College of Education from July 2009 - June 2013.
Dr. P.G. Schrader (Department of Teaching & Learning) and Dr. MaryKay Orgill (Department of Chemistry) were awarded $749,700 from the National Science Foundation for their grant proposal titled Cyber-Learning Activities to Scaffold STEM Practices (CLASSP). The grant will look at how innovative, cyber-enabled instructional methods can transform STEM education and increase opportunities for underrepresented middle-school student populations. CLASSP addresses this by developing, implementing and testing a cyber-learning methodology to elevate STEM learning opportunities and success for underrepresented minority and rural middle school students in Nevada.
Research on video games has informed this approach, which combines a proven system for online inquiry with feedback. This system is being developed in concert with a community of practitioners within the existing Nevada Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) network that addresses the college preparation of underrepresented populations. GEAR UP will help identify and CLASSP will target an audience of middle-school students from ethnically and racially diverse and economically disadvantaged communities. Through this partnership, the impact of the projects' cyber-learning methodology will be piloted online and in face-to-face interactions with students in the urban settings of Reno and Las Vegas. Next, the project will expand to meet the interests and needs of rural educators and students in remote areas of Nevada. With experimental cyber-learning methods and low technology requirements, CLASSP is capable of being integrated into the most rudimentary technology infrastructures. The lessons learned will inform teacher training and STEM education of diverse students.
The State University of New York has commissioned a number of national practitioners and scholars to examine the future of higher education, in a series of books to help higher education leaders think about the future of public higher education. Dr. Mario Martinez (Department of Educational Psychology & Higher Education) and Dr. Brandy Smith (Department of Educational Psychology & Higher Education) were asked to contribute to Higher Education Systems 3.0: Harnessing Systemness, Delivering Performance, Lane, J. and Johnstone, B (editors). Their chapter Systems, Ecosystems, and Change in State-Level Public Higher Education describes an organizational change model for systems of higher education. This foundation of this chapter is based on a combination of recent work by Dr. Martinez and Dr. Smith's dissertation research. Congratulations Dr. Martinez and Dr. Smith.
Dr. William Speer will serve as the Director of the Math Learning Center. As the Director of the Math Learning Center, Dr. Speer's top priority will be to work with the campus on the continued improvement of mathematics education at UNLV. This entails working closely with the College of Sciences - Department of Mathematical Sciences, Academic Success Center and the College of Education to develop new and more effective math education delivery modes.
Dr. Speer is a Past President of several professional organizations including the Research Council on Mathematics Learning, the School Science and Mathematics Association, the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Ohio Mathematics Education Leadership Council, the Nevada Mathematics Council (two terms), and the Nevada Association of Teacher Educators (two terms). He is also an Alumni Fellow of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. He has served on the Mathematics and Statistics Advisory Committee for the College Board, served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Washington, D.C. based Triangle Coalition of Business, Government, and Education and, currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of WestEd. He was a member of the NCTM Commission that released the landmark publication entitled Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics and was a major author on the revised NCTM teaching standards. He has also served NCTM as the Chairman of the Affiliated Services Committee and as the Chairman of the Board of the Mathematics Education Trust. He is the primary author of the Wiley text, TODAY'S MATHEMATICS: Concepts, Classroom Methods and Instructional Activities, twelfth edition, focusing on content/teaching methods for the elementary and middle grades. Dr. Speer also served as the General Editor for the NCTM annual yearbooks covering 2011-13, has been a contributing author on six major books, and has authored numerous articles in various professional journals. He has served as editor of the IDEAS section for the Arithmetic Teacher journal and editor of the INVESTIGATIONS section of Teaching Children Mathematics journal. He has also served on the Editorial Board for the research journal FOCUS on the Learning and Teaching of Mathematics (now renamed as INVESTIGATIONS in Mathematics Learning).
The 2013-2014 College of Education Scholarships have been awarded! Thirty-three students were awarded scholarships for a total of $35,600. Thank you for taking the time to apply. If you have any questions, please contact us.
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