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.

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. W. Paul Jones

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.

Paul's scholarship was extensive with over 85 articles in refereed professional journals, and textbooks in research methods, psychological diagnostics, enhancing clinical skills, and educational psychology. He earned numerous teaching and research awards throughout his career. Always staying current in the field, his most recent research included the use of the Internet to deliver counseling and assessment services, applications of single-case design/statistical analysis, and computer-assisted neuropsychological testing.

In terms of colleague and mentor, Paul was highly active in doctoral programs, serving on numerous committees in the department as chair or member, and in the COE and across campus as an outside representative who brought his statistical knowledge to assist students. He served as Department Chair, and as COE Faculty Chair. He was highly active on the Merit review, College, and University Tenure and Promotion committees, as well as the IRB Committee for Behavioral Sciences. Paul lent his services as a founding member to the Lynn Bennett Early Childhood Center Research Advisory Council, and was active with numerous community agencies as well.

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.

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.

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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