Gayle A. Zeiter Children’s & Young Adult Literature Conference

Join us on February 8, 2018 from 4-7:30 p.m. for an evening with Caldecott Award, winning author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe and Clark County’s Poet Laureate Vogue Robinson at the annual Gayle A. Zeiter Children’s & Young Adult Literature Conference.

The Gayle A. Zeiter Literacy Development Center, Southern Nevada Writing Project and the Lied Library are pleased to host this years Gayle A. Zeiter Conference. The mission of the Zeiter conference is to engage teachers, librarians, budding authors and illustrators, university faculty and students of all ages, in an evening of exploration and engagement with renowned Children’s and Young Adult authors.

This years conference features a keynote by Javaka Steptoe titled The Value of Imperfect Heroes. Javaka’s presentation will focus on the richness of life lessons to be learned in exploring the imperfect heroes and why they can be presented as role models for our students.

As a special edition to the conference this year, Clark County’s Poet Laureate Vogue Robinson will share some of her incredible poetry.

Break out sessions and round tables will provide opportunities to learn ways to share and teach with children’s and young adult literature; explore diverse topics in literature; and learn more about fostering writing in the classroom.

We look forward to a wonderful evening at this years Gayle A. Zeiter Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conference!

Tickets are limited! Be sure to register TODAY!


Before becoming an award-winning artist, Javaka Steptoe served as a model and was the inspiration behind much of the artwork created by his esteemed father, the late John Steptoe.

Javaka Steptoe’s debut picture book, In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers (Lee & Low Books, ), earned him a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, in addition to a nomination for Outstanding Children’s Literature Work at the 1998 NAACP Image Awards. Since that time, Steptoe has illustrated and/or written more than a dozen books for youth readers, collaborating with some of the top names in the business—Walter Dean Myers, Nikki Grimes, Karen English. This past January, Steptoe won the 2017 Caldecott Medal for his picture book biography Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Little, Brown), more than thirty years after his father won two Caldecott Honors. The book won many other honors, too, including the 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, and multiple starred reviews. Visit Javaka’s website for further information.


Vogue Robinson recently became Clark County’s second-ever poet laureate and she will always have an appreciation for humans who put truth & heart into words. Since graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from SDSU, she dedicated herself to expression. Her work has been published in Catching Calliope: Vol. 2Red Rock ReviewLegs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace: An Anthology of Literature by Nevada Women and Clark: Poetry from Clark County, Nevada. Her first poetry collection titled, Vogue 3:16, was released in 2014. Vogue serves as organizer and co-host to Words in Motion Open Mic and Battle Born Poetry Slam. Robinson has also represented Las Vegas four times at the National Poetry Slam. She spends her spare time with family or organizing as the Executive Director of Poetry Promise. Social Media: @VogueR316

For more information about Poet Laureate Vogue Robinson check out this: Las Vegas Review Journal Story and information on the Clark County website.

University Forum Lecture: How Does Las Vegas Fit Into the Changing Landscape of Sport?

Featured Lecturer: Steve Miller, CEO of Agassi Graf Holdings

Monday, February 5 at 7:30
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art Auditorium
Free to attend, no registration required.


After years of no major professional sport teams, Las Vegas recently became one of the most talked about sport cities in the U.S. With new pro teams now flooding the market, including the NHL’s Golden Knights, the United Soccer League’s Las Vegas Lights,—set for a February Start—and MGM Resorts International’s new WNBA team that will relocate from San Antonio to the Mandalay Bay Events Center this year, it’s difficult to imagine that fans will have discretionary dollars left to buy tickets when the NFL Raiders franchise relocates to Las Vegas in 2020. In addition to this, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is also adding a second NASCAR event in 2018 atop the already established UNLV teams, UFC fights, the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), and occasional big-time boxing matches.

So the question emerges… How likely is Las Vegas to succeed as a major league or world-class sport city?

Steve Miller, CEO of Agassi-Graf Holdings, brings years of experience as a Nike executive, an NCAA Division I athletic director, President and CEO of the Professional Bowlers Association, and an entrepreneur to discuss this intriguing question.

This event is co-sponsored by the Sport Marketing and Management Association and the College of Education Department of Educational Psychology & Higher Education. 


Did you know?

The UNLV College of Education offers a Graduate Certificate in College Sport Leadership. This program is for students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of college sport leadership and career options in the intercollegiate athletics field. Find more information here.

Congratulations, 2017 Summer & Fall Doctoral Graduates!

Dean Kim Metcalf and the College of Education proudly congratulate our 2017 Summer & Fall Doctoral Graduates! We wish you luck and continued success and as you forge forward in your careers.


Educational & Clinical Studies

Joice M. Higa, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Instructional Math Technology in Secondary Special Education: Teacher-Reported Practices and Perceptions
Advisor: Joseph Morgan, Ph.D.

Mona Nasir-Tucktuck, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: The Effects of Distributed Trials on the Behaviors of Students with Significant Disability
Advisor: Joshua Baker, Ph.D.

Rebecca C. Norton, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Investigating the Use of Structured Self-determination Curriculum with Students with Gifts and Talents
Advisor: Kyle Higgins, Ph.D.

Samantha Riggelman, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Self-Monitoring: A Behavioral Intervention for Children Attending Head Start
Advisor: Joseph Morgan, Ph.D.

Dominique Marie Tetzlaff, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Using Mobile Technology to Increase the Math Achievement and Engagement of Students with Disabilities
Advisor: Joseph Morgan, Ph.D.

Janet C. Van Heck, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: The Relationship Between Roles and Responsibilities of Co-teachers and Co-teacher Self-efficacy
Advisor: Cori More, Ph.D.

Educational Psychology & Higher Education

Laura Wilcox Yavitz, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Vertical Transfer and Baccalaureate Completion for Adult Community College Students: Milestones and Momentum Points That Matter
Advisor: Vicki J. Rosser, Ph.D.

Teaching & Learning

Fawn Elise Canady, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: “Already Writers”: A Case Study in Assessment and Visual Rhetoric Connections in Digital Multimodal Composition
Advisors: Marilyn McKinney, Ph.D. (Emeritus) and Chyllis Scott, Ph.D.

Sandra L. Candel, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Reverse Migration: Documenting How the Educational Experiences of Transnational Youth in Mexican Schools Are Shaped by Parental Deportation
Advisor: Christine Clark, Ed.D.

Lina DeVaul, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: A Study of Strengthening Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Knowledge of Statistics and Probability Via Professional Development
Advisors: Jeffrey Shih, Ph.D. and Travis Olson, Ph.D.

Shahla Fayazpour, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Co-Navigating the U.S. Educational System: A Multiple Case Study of the Social and Academic Pressures Experienced by Iranian Immigrant Parents and Their 1.5-Generation Immigrant Children
Advisor: Christine Clark, Ed.D.

Sergio Guzman, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Student Expectations and Motivation in Spanish for Heritage Speakers Programs
Advisor: Steven McCafferty, Ph.D.

Pamela A. Maher, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Using Two Simulation Tools to Teach Concepts in Introductory Astronomy: A Design-Based Research ApproachAdvisors: Hasan Deniz, Ph.D. and Janelle M. Bailey, Ph.D. (Temple University)

Refika Turgut, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Case Studies of Teach for America Teachers’ Teacher Identity Development in Relation to English Language Learners
Advisor: Steven McCafferty, Ph.D.

Robert P. Walker, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: The Relationship Between African-American Male Education and Employment Opportunities Through the Lenses of Critical Race Theory and Stereotype Threat in the Historical Context of the 1965 Moynihan Report
Advisor: Christine Clark, Ed.D.

Tonya E. Walls, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Race, Resilience, and Resistance: A Culturally Relevant Qualitative Examination of How Black Women School Leaders Advance Racial Equity and Social Justice in U.S. Schools
Advisor: Christine Clark, Ed.D.