Celebrating Our 2016 Summer & Fall Doctoral Graduates

Dean Kim Metcalf and the College of Education proudly congratulate our 2016 Summer & Fall Doctoral Graduates! We wish you luck and continued success and as you forge forward in your careers.

Left to Right: Robbie J. Marsh, Ph.D., Derek Jordan, Ph.D., Dean Kim K. Metcalf, Ph.D., Cristina Salinas Grandy, Ph.D., Matthew Nishimoto, Ph.D. and Andrew Goodman, Ph.D.

Educational & Clinical Studies

Robbie J. Marsh, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: School Connectedness: Comparing Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders to Their General Education Peers
Co-Advisors: Kyle Higgins, Ph.D. and Joseph Morgan, Ph.D.

Teaching & Learning

Khaled Alnajjar, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: A Multiple Case Study Analysis of Mentor-Mentee Perception of the Effectiveness of Self-Disclosure in the Field Experience
Advisor: Shaoan Zhang, Ph.D.

Abdullah Al-Shukri, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: From Belief to Action: Omani EFL Teachers’ Self-Efficacy in Relation to their Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
Advisor: Shaoan Zhang, Ph.D.

Andrew Goodman, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: The Manifestation of Student Engagement in Classrooms: A Phenomenological Case Study of How Teachers Experience Student Engagement and How It Influences Pedagogical Decision Making
Advisor: Christine Clark, Ed.D.

Derek Jordan, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Investigating Teacher Learning and Change in a PLC that Designs Integrated Curriculum
Co-Advisors: Marilyn McKinney, Ph.D. and Shaoan Zhang, Ph.D.

Matthew Nishimoto, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Secondary Preservice Teacher Expectations of the Principal’s Role in New Teacher Induction
Advisor: Shaoan Zhang, Ph.D.

Heather Skaza, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Development and Testing of an Assessment to Measure Spatial Thinking About Enhanced Greenhouse Effect
Advisor: P.G. Schrader, Ph.D.

Cristina Salinas Grandy, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: An Analysis of Reflective Thinking in Teacher Candidates’ ePortfolios
Advisor: Linda Quinn, Ed.D.

2016 Summit on Nevada Education

The UNLV College of Education is proud to work to expand existing best practice into “next generation practices” that address and overcome the challenges we face in education here in our state. The Second Annual Summit on Nevada Education welcomed educators, administrators, policy makers, community leaders, teacher preparation leaders, pre-service teachers and others with a direct link to education in Nevada to gather in an open forum to share ideas, challenges and lessons to improve and celebrate Nevada education. View highlights from the Summit here.

For those who attended, please give us your feedback by taking a brief survey regarding the event and your thoughts on how we can improve the Summit in the future.

New UNLV program wants more teachers of color in Clark County schools

A new UNLV program that aims to open pathways into the teaching profession for more students of color is planning to use the Clark County School District as a laboratory, focusing on recruiting high school and college students to eventually fill many of the district’s current 360 teaching vacancies.

The long-term goal of the Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways program is to shift a teacher demographic that currently skews more than 75 percent white to more closely match that of the district’s student population.

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