UNLV Education Executive Associate Dean Named American Counselor Association (ACA) Fellow

The College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is proud to announce that Dr. Danica G. Hays, executive associate dean and professor in the Counselor Education, School Psychology & Human Services department, has been awarded the prestigious American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow Award. This honor is presented to less than 1 percent of the more than 56,000 ACA members.

The ACA Fellow distinction is bestowed upon members of professional distinction who have been recognized for significant and unique contributions to the counseling profession through professional practice, scientific achievement, leadership and governance, and/or teaching and training.

Dr. Hays earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, with an emphasis in multicultural research, from Georgia State University. She has published approximately 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters in her areas of research expertise. She is co-editor of Qualitative Inquiry in Clinical and Educational Settings (1/e, Guilford Press), Developing Multicultural Counseling Competency: A Systems Approach (2/e, Pearson), and A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments (6/e, National Career Development Association). In addition, she is associate and content editor of the American Counseling Association Encyclopedia of Counseling (1/e, ACA), co-author of Mastering the NCE and CPCE (2/e, Pearson), and author of Assessment in Counseling: A Guide to Psychological Assessment Procedures (5/e, ACA).

She has extensive leadership history in the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), including serving as AARC President, ACES journal editor for Counselor Education and Supervision, and President of an ACES region. The American Counseling Association has recognized her nationally for her research and advocacy as a counselor educator.

Dr. Hays will be recognized in April 2018 at the American Counseling Association Conference in Atlanta.

Dr. Sam Song named Chair-Elect of CDSPP Board of Directors

Congratulations to Counselor Education, School Psychology, and Human Services Associate Professor Dr. Sam Song for being elected to the Executive Board of the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP). Dr. Song will serve as Chair-Elect in 2018.

An association of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP) is an organization of North American doctoral programs in school psychology. The mission of CDSPP is to foster the advancement of doctoral education in school psychology in all its aspects. This mission includes:

1) providing a mechanism for dissemination of information, exchange of views, collection of data, facilitation of communication, and formulation of policies concerning doctoral training in school psychology, and

2) providing consultative resources, maintaining active liaison, and promoting the representation of school psychology programs in functions of APA and other organizations that are relevant to doctoral education in school psychology.

Dr. Steven Bickmore Elected President of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE

Congratulations to Teaching & Learning Associate Professor Dr. Steven Bickmore for being elected President of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (ALAN).

ALAN promotes communication and cooperation among all individuals who have a special interest in adolescent literature, presents programs and conferences on this subject, promotes and increases the number of articles and publications devoted to it and integrates the efforts of all those with an interest in this literature.

Dr. Jeff Shih Named Associate Vice President of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators

Congratulations to Teaching & Learning Associate Professor Dr. Jeff Shih for being named Associate Vice President & 2018-19 Chair of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE).

As the largest professional organization devoted to the improvement of mathematics teacher education, AMTE includes over 1,000 members devoted to the preservice education and professional development of K-12 teachers of mathematics.

The organization’s goals are:

  • Effective mathematics teacher education programs and practices;
  • Communication and collaboration among those involved in mathematics teacher education;
  • Research and other scholarly endeavors related to mathematics teacher education;
  • Professional growth of mathematics teacher educators;
  • Effective policies and practices related to mathematics teacher education at all levels; and
  • Equitable practices in mathematics teacher education, including increasing the diversity of mathematics teachers and teacher educators.