2018 Promotion & Tenure Recipients

Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Shih for being promoted to full professor and to Drs. Joshua Baker, Joseph Morgan, Tracy Spies and Micah Stohlmann who have received promotions to associate professor and tenure commencing July 1, 2018. We thank you for your contributions to the College, our students, and the profession.

Dr. Jeffrey Shih, professor of elementary mathematics education in the Teaching & Learning department, joined the UNLV faculty in 1999. Dr. Shih earned a B.A. in Statistics with a minor in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley. His Ph.D. in Social Research Methodology/Quantitative Methods from UCLA focused on the development of frameworks of rational number understanding for preservice teachers. Dr. Shih currently teaches undergraduate and graduate mathematics education courses and advises mathematics education doctoral students.

Jeff is a Research Associate of the NSF-funded Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum (CSMC), a member of the editorial board of the Elementary School Journal, and serves as the Coordinator for the Nevada Collaborative Teaching Improvement Program (NeCoTIP), the Improving Teacher Quality State Grant program. He also currently serves on the Clark County School District (CCSD) Research Review Committee. Jeff recently served as Program Chair of the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in Denver, as well as on the AERA Professional Development Committee.
Jeff’s research focuses on the effect of curriculum on student achievement. His current work examines the effect of secondary Standards-based mathematics programs on postsecondary access and success. His work has been published in JRME and Teaching Children Mathematics.
Dr. Joshua Baker, an associate professor in the Educational & Clinical Studies department, completed his doctorate in special education with an emphasis on accessing the general education curriculum for students with intellectual/developmental disability (including students with Autism). Prior to joining UNLV, Josh worked as a classroom teacher in Huntington, WV and later worked as a Research Associate on an IES grant under the direction of Dr. Diane Browder at UNC Charlotte that focused on teaching literacy to students with I/DD. Josh’s research continues to focus on general curriculum access and assessment for all students. Recently Josh has been working with a state coalition to improve the post-school outcomes for young adults (ages 18 +) with I/DD across the state of Nevada. Josh is the current director of F.O.C.U.S (Forming Occupational and Community Understanding for Success), an inclusive, post-secondary education program for students with I/DD.
Dr. Joseph Morgan, an associate professor in the Educational & Clinical Studies department, has worked with students with high incidence disabilities at the secondary level as a teacher and a facilitator. In his current position, he 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).
Dr. Tracy Spies, an associate professor in the Educational & Clinical Studies department, is fluent in Spanish and is engaged with Teaching English as a Second Language. With a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University and a doctorate degree in Hispanic Bilingual Education from Texas A&M, Dr. Spies has fifteen years experience as a teacher and principal. In 2010, she received the National Milken Educator Award as one out of fifty-five educators in the nation. She has secured more than $3 million in grants. Tracy has been very involved in community service working in the areas of hunger and TESL. Her research agenda includes the following: second language acquisition, the effects of the second language on the native language, effective teacher pedagogy with ELLs in native and second language, and dispositions of school leaders identified as successful with ELLs.
Dr. Micah Stohlmann, an associate professor of mathematics/STEM education in the Teaching & Learning department, is currently teaching undergraduate mathematics methods and graduate mathematics education courses. Dr. Stohlmann earned his B.A. in mathematics education from Concordia University, his M.Ed. in mathematics education from the University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in mathematics education with a minor in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Stohlmann’s research focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) integration and mathematical modeling. He has a focus on developing curricular tools to help all students increase their STEM knowledge and at the same time develop valuable 21st century competencies. His recent research has been published in the Journal of Engineering Education, The Mathematics Educator, and Education Research International.