Dr. Kimberly Nehls Receives Annual Distinguished Scholar Award

Dr. Kimberly Nehls received the Annual Distinguished Scholar Award at the 28th Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC) in Las Vegas, February 1-2, 2016. This award highlights an attendee that has been active in the conference Particular consideration is given to evident scholarship and continued participation in the EQRC conference.

The awards are intended to (a) recognize quality scholarship among EQRC participants and (b) encourage able scholars to continue participating in the conference. EQRC will bestow 4-5 awards on an annual basis and they will be recognized in the conference program. We assembled an ad hoc committee of able scholars who had previously attended the EQRC conference and among whom had received the award last year. The committee reviewed CVs of individuals who previously have had longstanding participation with the conference and evidenced able scholarship in research conference presentations, journal publications, and other scholarly contributions to their respective fields. More information about the award can be found on the Annual McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award site.

UNLV Press Conference on Teacher Shortage

UNLV joined AACTE to host a conversation on how educator programs are addressing Nevada teacher shortages.


The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) invites you to join the conversation on how educator preparation programs are addressing the persistent teacher shortages in Nevada at a press conference, Monday, February 22, at 2:00 p.m. PST on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Stan Fulton Building).

Presented by AACTE in partnership with member institutions in the state, the event will highlight an interactive panel discussion moderated by Mark LaCelle-Peterson, AACTE Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs, and will feature the following panelists:

  • Kenneth Coll, Dean, College of Education, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Kim Metcalf, Dean, College of Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Dennis Potthoff, Dean, School of Education, Nevada State College
  • Thomas Reagan, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Great Basin College
  • Staci Vesneske, Former Chief Human Resources Officer, Clark County School District, on special assignment to the superintendent’s office

The panelists will discuss factors contributing to the local shortage as well as efforts to alleviate it. They will describe their work to develop a more robust teacher pipeline that addresses the needs of schools across Clark County and the state. Attendees will gain an inside look into the collaborative work under way to strengthen the educator workforce in Nevada and how it fits within the national context of addressing teacher shortages.

AACTE is excited to present this event hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and in partnership with Great Basin College, Nevada State College, and the University of Nevada, Reno.

RSVP Requested: http://aacte.org/index.php?option=com_rsform&formId=27

Questions on this event can be directed to Sheila Bray at sheila.bray@unlv.edu

Rodman Scholars: Preparing the Next Generation

The largest single endowment to UNLV is being used for scholarships and fellowships for UNLV students.


n Fall 2014, the College of Education became the recipient of the largest single endowment to the university in the amount of $12.9 million by the late Kitty Rodman, a longtime supporter of the university and the community. Per Ms. Rodman’s request, the funds are to support scholarships and graduate fellowships for UNLV students pursuing careers in special education.

The second cohort of Rodman Scholars begins coursework Spring 2016: Patrick Achord, Ashlen Atkinson, Deanna Bitsko, Audrey Blockovich, Alicia Corey, Luke Danno, Melissa M. King, Corey Lewis, Jennifer MacDonald, and Monique Pinczynski. All ten of these students are undergraduate College of Education majors.

In addition to meeting the application requirements, a key factor in the final selection of the scholars was that they each embody passion and commitment to the special education career field and serving students with disabilities in the Las Vegas community. Dean Kim Metcalf speaks to the importance of scholarships to continue the work of the College of Education:

“Special education is one of UNLV’s longest running programs. It is a great honor to our institution that Kitty Rodman would recognize the College of Education’s commitment to producing teachers who are dedicated to helping children with disabilities.”

Dr. Kyle Higgins, Professor in Educational & Clinical Studies, and Ms. Nancy Brown, Educational & Clinical Studies Field Coordinator, agree that Ms. Rodman was a visionary, and both indicate that the Rodman Scholarships will showcase this vision by contributing to the department’s ability to attract the best and the brightest students to the field of special education.