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.
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.
The College of Education Alumnus/a of the Year Award, the highest and most prestigious award given by the UNLV Alumni Association, is designed to recognize a UNLV College of Education alumnus or alumna who has made an impact on UNLV through the significant contributions they've made to society in their professional field or through their personal achievements. The award is not based on accomplishments achieved during the current year but on contributions over their lifetime. The deadline to apply is 5 P.M. Saturday June 1, 2013.
The UNLV College of Education would like to announce that Dr. Kim K. Metcalf will serve as the new Dean of the College of Education effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Metcalf is currently the Director of Institutional Research and Planning at the University of West Georgia and served as dean of its College of Education from 2008 to 2012.
Dr. Christine Clark, a professor of Multicultural Education in the Department of Teaching & Learning, was interviewed as a part of a recent article on on diversity in higher education. The article was included as an insert within both the March 8, 2013 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education and the February 28, 2103 edition of Diverse Issues.
In addition, Dr. Clark recently received the UNLV Graduate & Professional Student Association Outstanding Mentor Award. The purpose of the GPSA Outstanding Mentor Award is to acknowledge UNLV faculty who have demonstrated continued success in preparing graduate and professional students for academia. Each academic year, the GPSA recognizes up to three faculty providing outstanding research/teaching mentorship.
The College of Education is hosting a forum on educational issues featuring the renowned researcher, author and speaker David C. Berliner, Regents' Professor Emeritus of Education at Arizona State University. The event is free to the pubic and currently scheduled to occur on Friday, April 5, 2013, 10 AM – 3 PM in the Science & Engineering Building (SEB) Auditorium. It is requested that you submit an online RSVP submission by Wednesday, March 27, 2013 if you are planning on attending.
David Berliner has taught at the Universities of Arizona and Massachusetts, at Teachers College and Stanford University, as well as at universities in Australia, The Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland. Dr. Berliner is a member of the National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a past president of both the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Division of Educational Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Solidifying his reputation as a passionate, resourceful force in educational research, Berliner began his career by studying the critical use of instructional time in classrooms, citing student engagement as the most important element of efficacy. Berliner's publication of several influential works including: Educational Psychology (with N. L. Gage), The Manufactured Crisis (with B. J. Biddle), and The Handbook of Educational Psychology (edited with R. L. Calfee) distinguish him as a world renowned researcher.
Dr. Nancy Lough, Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education, was recently interviewed regarding her thoughts on social media use in NASCAR. Dr. Lough is currently an editor for the Sport Marketing Quarterly and actively publishes in the area of sport management and sport marketing.
At The Association of Teacher Educators 2013 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Department of Teaching & Learning faculty member Dr. Jane McCarthy received the Distinguished Member of the Association of Teacher Educators Award.
According to The Association of Teacher Educators website: the Distinguished Member of the Association of Teacher Educators Award exemplifies the best of teacher education in this nation, which includes, outstanding contributions to the Association; outstanding contributions to teacher education; and professional, academic, and ethical standards. Congratulations Dr. McCarthy.
Dr. Rebecca Nathanson, professor of education and law, was recently highlighted in The Guardian for her work with Kids' Court School. The mission of Kids' Court School is to educate child witnesses about the investigative and judicial processes; conduct research aimed at maximizing the capabilities of child witnesses; and to serve as a training site for graduate and law students regarding child witness education.
Professor Larry Ashley of the College of Education's Department of Educational & Clinical Studies has been elected as International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors (IAAOC) President-elect. The IAAOC is an organization of professional counselors and other interested individuals who work in the addictions or forensic / criminal justice fields and advocate for the appropriate treatment for such client populations.
College of Education faculty members Dr. Janelle Bailey, Dr. Hasan Deniz, Dr. Michael Nussbaum, Dr. P.G. Schrader, Dr. Micah Stohlmann, and Dean Speer participated in UNLV's First STEM Summit. Dr. Nussbaum participated in a panel discussion regarding Economic Development. Drs. Bailey and Schrader participated in a panel discussion regarding STEM at UNLV. Drs. Deniz and Stohlmann participated in a panel discussion regarding Retention & Recruitment Pipelines. Dr. Speer served as the moderator for the discussion on Retention & Recruitment Pipelines. The summit was held on January 14 and 15 on the UNLV campus. It was sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice President for Research and the Vice President for Diversity Initiatives along with the College of Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Education, School of Allied Health Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Dental Medicine, and the School of Community Health Sciences.
Dr. Shannon Crozier (Director of the UNLV Center for Autism) served as a moderator for the film MABUL (The Flood) at the Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival. The film portrays a family struggling with their relationships and the needs of their sons (one with Autism) after their eldest son's residential home is suddenly shut down. Dr. Crozier held a discussion on autism following the screening of the film.
The UNLV Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders was highlighted in a recent UNLV News Center Article. The center was highlighted because of a recent donation by the Dave Rice Foundation. Fox 5 News also did a special report on the donation in which Center Director Dr. Shannon Crozier was interviewed. The donation provides the ability for the center to offer testing services for children and adults.
The College of Education would like to announce that Mr. Edmund Ronca will serve as the Director of the College of Education Advising & Field Placement Center. Mr. Ronca moved to Las Vegas in August 2002 from Burnt Hills, New York where he taught and coached for 33 years. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Brockport and his Master Degree from University at Albany. He began working at UNLV in April 2003 as an Admissions and Enrollment Counselor in the Registrar's office. Since November 2007, Mr. Ronca has served in the College of Education as an Academic Advisor.
Dr. Nancy Lough becomes the first female President-Elect of the Sports Marketing Association. The Sport Marketing Association is dedicated to developing mutually beneficial relationships between professionals, academicians, and students around the world through the creation, distribution, and implementation of sport marketing knowledge via networking, scholarly activities, and career development opportunities. The Sport Marketing Association leads in the development and expansion of the body of knowledge in sport marketing; disseminates sport marketing knowledge via internal and external distribution networks; provides forums for professional interaction among practitioners, academicians, and students dedicated to the sport marketing industry segment; and impacts future development within the academic discipline and the field of sport marketing.
Dr. Randy Astramovich has been invited to be a member of the review board for Vistas, a peer-reviewed publication of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Dr. Astramovich's research on school counseling and counseling program evaluation have been featured in past issues of Vistas. Reviewers for Vistas are highly respected ACA leaders and scholars who have made a significant national impact in the field of counseling.
The journal Intervention in School and Clinic is listed as one of the top academic journals in Special Education. The journal is edited by Dr. Kyle Higgins of the Department of Educational & Clinical Studies and Dr. Randy Boone of the Department of Teaching & Learning. Intervention in School and Clinic equips teachers and clinicians with hands-on tips, techniques, methods, and ideas for improving assessment, instruction, and management for individuals with learning disabilities or behavior disorders. Articles focus on curricular, instructional, social, behavioral, assessment, and vocational strategies and techniques that have a direct application to the classroom settings.
Dr. Lori J. Olafson is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education specializing in research methods. She has been a faculty member at UNLV since 1999. Her research interests include qualitative research, teachers' perceptions of school climates, beliefs and practices of practicing teachers, alternative perspectives in teacher education, and construction of subjectivities in adolescents.
Dr. Shannon Crozier was appointed as the new Director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (UNLV CASD). The UNLV CASD 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 UNLV CASD is to be a nationally recognized leader in the field of ASD through high quality research, assessment, and training.
Rory Sipp, graduate of the Department Educational & Clinical Studies doctoral program in special education, was honored by the White House for his work with the Acelero Learning Clark County Head Start program. He serves as director of the program. Congratulations Rory!
Dr. Paul Jones received official confirmation that the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology-School Psychology Specialization Strand has been approved as a 'Designated Doctoral Degree in Psychology' by the Joint Designation Committee of the Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. This designation is important national recognition of the quality of the doctoral program and invaluable to students pursuing state psychologist licensing.
Dr. Shaoan Zhang of the Department of Teaching & Learning, is a recipient of a Faculty Opportunity Award. Dr. Zhang received the award for his project titled: "A study of teacher identity development through microteaching". The awarded will be funded through the Scholarly and Creative Work category.
The Faculty Opportunity Awards Program is intended to increase innovative research where support is needed for development of research areas where there is potential for continued funding by extramural funding agencies, private foundations, or industry, or modest support is needed to complete scholarly/creative works by faculty in disciplines outside of engineering, physical and natural sciences, and health.
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