Holmes Scholar of the Month (May 2018): Erica Reid

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Congratulations to May Scholar of the Month Erica Reid of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)!

Originally from upstate New York, Reid earned her B.A. in English from the University at Albany and a M.S. in secondary education from the College of Saint Rose. She began working for UNLV in 2016 as an instructional designer for the Plus Center, creating modules for the hospitality industry training programs. Before joining the UNLV staff, she served as a secondary English and language arts teacher, licensed to teach grades 6-12.

As a UNLV Holmes Scholar, Reid is working on her Ph.D. in teaching and learning, with an emphasis in multicultural education. Her research areas and interests include online instructional design and curriculum development that prioritizes the needs of diverse learners in K-16 online settings.

In addition to working for UNLV as an embedded educational technologist, she works as an adjunct with the Touro University education department for the Diverse Learners Online Learning Certificate program and is working to create curriculum for in-service teachers to work with differentiated learners.

UNLV Education Dean to Serve on National Teacher Education Organization’s Executive Committee

Baltimore, Md.The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Board of Directors has selected UNLV College of Education Dean Kim Metcalf as chair-elect of the Executive Committee of AACTE’s Board of Directors.

The Executive Committee is charged with serving as the interim governing body between meetings of the Association’s Board of Directors. The committee considers administrative and management matters pertaining to AACTE and studies topics of importance for the association and pertaining to educator preparation.

Originally elected to AACTE’s Board of Directors in March 2017, Metcalf will now have a significant role in leading the board in strategic planning initiatives, ensuring AACTE continues to advocate for policies and practices in teacher education that meet the needs of today’s diverse educators and students alike.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is considered the leading voice on educator preparation, with a mission to advocate for and build capacity for high-quality educator preparation programs in a dynamic landscape. AACTE represents more than 800 postsecondary institutions with educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners.

Metcalf has been dean of the UNLV College of Education since July 2013. Beginning his career as a public school band and orchestra teacher, Metcalf has also served as dean, interim vice provost for operations and sponsored research, and director of institutional research at the University of West Georgia, as a faculty member at Indiana University Bloomington, and as an associate superintendent for research and assessment in Monroe County Community Schools in Bloomington, Ind.


UNLV College of Education is composed of three academic departments that offer undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs that prepare educators in fields across the instruction, teaching and learning spectrum. In addition, the College boasts seven research centers and clinics dedicated to scholarship and best practices in literacyautism spectrum disordersmental healthassessment and evaluation, and multicultural, STEM and early childhood education. Find more information at education.unlv.edu.

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.