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.

Video Recap: 2017 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 Third 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.

Watch the videos below for a recap of the Third Annual Summit.

Research that Impacts: Celebrating and Embracing Diversity in Literacy Education
Denise Dávila • Assistant Professor, UNLV College of Education

Nevada Partners Panel
Moderator: Pat Skorkowsky Superintendent, CCSD
Adam Johnson Executive Director, Democracy Prep
Sylvia Lazos Justice Myron Leavitt Professor of Law, UNLV
Sean Parker Executive Director, Teach for America Las Vegas Valley
Thom Reilly Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education

Toe Tag Monologues Performance

Afternoon Keynote Address
New Gilded Age: How American Prosperity Hides the Kids Who Face Adult-sized Challenges Every Day
Dale Erquiaga President & CEO, Communities in Schools

Research that Impacts: Addressing School Safety with Restorative Justice
Samuel Song • Associate Professor, UNLV College of Education

College of Education Keynote Address
Research and Innovation in Education 
Kim K. Metcalf • Dean, UNLV College of Education

Nevada State Legislature Panel
Moderator: Luis Valera VP for Government Affairs & Compliance, UNLV
State Senator Becky Harris (R-9)
State Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson (D-17)
State Senator Joyce Woodhouse (D-5)

Research that Impacts: Using Video Games to Conduct Psychological Assessments
Michael McCreery • Assistant Professor, UNLV College of Education

Teacher & Principal Panel
Moderator: Todd Mason Government Affairs Director, Wynn Las Vegas
Ramona Esparza Principal, Valley High School
Stacey Dallas Johnston English Teacher, Las Vegas Academy
Anthony Nuñez Principal, William E. Orr Middle School
Mike Taack English Teacher, John C. Fremont Middle School

Closing Remarks & What’s Next
Terri Janison • CEO, Grant a Gift