Welcoming New Faculty

The College of Education is excited to introduce eight new faculty members joining our organization beginning this fall. A diverse group in research expertise and backgrounds, these new faculty members are an excellent resource of significant knowledge that impact practices in the education and behavioral health fields.

Wonjoon Hong (ORSP Post-Doctoral Scholar), Jackie Cordova, Tina Vo, Patrice Leverett, Hailey Love, Bradley Marianno, Xin Zhang, Heather Dahl and Brett Gleason join the ranks of the UNLV College of Education faculty beginning Fall 2018.

Jacqueline Cordova
Visiting Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology & Higher Education

Jacqueline Cordova received her B.S. in Psychology from South Dakota State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from UNLV. She teaches courses in learning and cognition, research methods, and introductory and intermediate statistics. She also coordinates the Educational Psychology Research Management System. Her current research focuses on the role of motivation and emotion in conceptual change learning. Her research has been presented at national and international research conferences, as well as published in peer reviewed scientific journals, including Contemporary Educational Psychology, Educational Psychology, Journal of Geoscience Education, and International Journal of Environmental and Science Education.

 

Heather Dahl
Assistant Professor
Counselor Education, School Psychology & Human Services

Dr. Heather Dahl received her Ph.D. in Counseling from Old Dominion University, with cognates in Qualitative Research and Supervision. She received her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Central Washington University. Her research interests include: suicide prevention and assessment, crisis intervention, trauma, research methodology, integration of career issues into clinical practice, and social justice issues in professional practice. She has held service positions at the local, regional, national, and international level, including: current President of the Western Association of Counselor Education & Supervision, Editorial Board Member for Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, and Institutional Review Board Member.

 

Brett Gleason
Assistant Professor
Counselor Education, School Psychology & Human Services

Dr. Brett Gleason graduated with his Ph.D. in Counseling from Old Dominion University, serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the human services program throughout his doctoral program. His dissertation was titled “Phenomenological Investigation of Wellness and Wellness Promotion within Counselor Education Programs.” Previously, Dr. Gleason was an Assistant Professor in the counseling program at Eastern New Mexico University. During his time at his previous positions, Dr. Gleason has helped with preparing for CACREP accreditation, served as faculty advisor for student organizations, advising students, serving as Assistant Editor for the Journal of Human Services, in addition to teaching several courses in both human services and counseling programs.

 

Patrice Leverett
Assistant Professor
Counselor Education, School Psychology & Human Services

Patrice Leverett received her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in educational psychology. Prior to completing this degree, Dr. Leverett served as a public school special education teacher and as a school psychologist. Patrice is committed to the wellbeing of the whole student and reflects those beliefs in her work as a mentor and an educator. Her current research interests include the design and evaluation of culturally responsive interventions, student advocacy, the impacts of intersectionality on educational outcomes, and ultimately increasing diversity and retention in higher education. Patrice’s teaching interests include consultation, assessment, crisis management, and culturally responsive practice. Patrice completed her M.S. in education at Queens College of New York and her B.A. at the University of Pittsburgh. She is very excited to start her position as an assistant professor in school psychology.

 

Hailey Love
Assistant Professor
Early Childhood, Multilingual & Special Education

Dr. Hailey Love’s scholarship focuses on high-quality inclusive education across early childhood settings. She has conducted research on inclusive practices, the preparation of inclusive early childhood educators, and environmental features that influence the quality of young children’s inclusive experiences. Additionally, Dr. Love’s research examines family-professional partnerships particularly between educators and families of color. She hopes her work will help early educators better serve children and families with various abilities, recourses, and needs within high-quality inclusive classrooms. In addition to research, Dr. Love has taught courses in inclusive education, child development, and early childhood education curriculum for young children with disabilities.

 

Bradley Marianno
Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology & Higher Education

Bradley D. Marianno graduated with his PhD in urban education policy from the University of Southern California (USC). He also holds master’s degrees in sociology and economics from Brigham Young University (BYU) and USC, respectively. Marianno’s research focuses on the consequences of local and state education policy change for educational governance with a substantive focus on state and federal teacher labor policy, teachers’ unions and collective bargaining, and the micro politics of local school district policy decision-making and implementation. His recent work includes a study of teacher contracts in California, Washington, and Michigan, a multi-year study focusing on the role of teachers’ unions in state politics, a qualitative case study on teacher contract implementation in California school districts, and a multiple case study of the micro politics of bargaining negotiations in California and Michigan.

 

Tina Vo
Assistant Professor
Teaching & Learning

Tina Vo earned a PhD from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln focused on science education and technology. Dr. Vo specializes in supporting elementary (K-8) teachers and students to engage in science practices (e.g., asking questions, using models, thinking computationally). As a former middle school teacher, she believes in developing collaborative spaces for teachers and preservice teachers to develop and support critical thinking, encourage the consumption and implementation of relevant information, and personal reflection on learning. To that end, current research focuses include making and modeling towards solving community problems, preparing elementary science teachers for 21st-century classrooms, and the role of epistemological considerations in classroom negotiations. Other research interests include games and simulations tied to scientific modeling, technology integration to support science in elementary contexts, and professional development supporting elementary teachers’ engagement with science and educational geology.

 

Xin Zhang
Visiting Assistant Professor
Early Childhood, Multilingual & Special Education

Xin Zhang was born and raised in China and earned her bachelor’s degree in English education. Xin came to the U.S. as a visiting scholar teaching Chinese language and Chinese history in the University of Texas at Brownsville, where she completed an MAIS in English and history and government as minors. She also completed a second M.A. in East Asian studies at the University of Arizona, where she received her Ph.D. in language, reading and culture with an emphasis in bilingual and multicultural education. Xin’s total experience ranges from classroom second language teacher in both public school and university levels to preservice language teacher educators in the U.S. and China. Her research focus is on ESL teacher preparation and development through community-based field experience. Specifically, she explores ways to build on and integrate family and community language and culture resources into English and content areas of teaching.