Dr. Denise Dávila, Director of Research, Zeiter Literacy Development Center
Dr. Denise Dávila specializes in early literacy research in diverse community settings. Prior to joining the faculty of UNLV in 2016, she was an assistant professor of literacy and children’s literature at The University of Georgia. She holds a PhD in Teaching and Learning with a specialization in Literature for Children and Young Adults from The Ohio State University. She also earned an MS in Education with a specialization in Reading and Children’s Literature from California State University, East Bay and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Dr. Dávila started her career in education as a licensed primary grade teacher in a culturally and linguistically diverse community of Oakland, CA. For more information about her background, visit: https://www.unlv.edu/news/article/new-face-denise-d-vila
Dr. Sophie M. Ladd, Director of Community Outreach, Literacy Development Center
Dr. Sophie M. Ladd specializes in teacher preparation with an emphasis in elementary literacy instruction and the inclusion of diverse children’s literature in the classroom curriculum. She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Literacy from The University of Nevada Las Vegas. Dr. Ladd began her career in education as a licensed primary grade teacher in Clark County School District. She also worked as a elementary school librarian in CCSD.
Dr. Ladd joined the faculty at UNLV in August of 2012 as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She will begin her new position as an assistant professor, in residence this fall. Her work at UNLV has been essential in creating collaborative partnerships with local public schools and the community. As part of this work she coordinated the 2015 & 2017 Gayle A. Zeiter Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conference which features awarding winning diverse authors and illustrators. In the fall of 2016 she was the recipient of Channel 8 Acts of Kindness for her work with Books for Baton Rouge, an initiative to rebuild school libraries devastated by flooding. http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/books-for-baton-rouge/602201408