Kyle Kaalberg serves in the president’s office as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff. This position entails managing responses to the wide and diverse range of issues that are directed to the president’s office from the campus and community constituents, directing the Student Ambassador program, mentoring the Cohen Scholarship program, providing tracking and oversight of presidential projects and priorities, planning and implementation of presidential events and meetings, and a variety of other duties.
Additionally, Kyle is a doctoral student in the Teaching & Learning Program, with an emphasis in Literacy and a cognate in Educational Leadership. Kyle’s research interests involve new literacies and literacy education. He is currently conducting research on teachers’ implementation of critical literacy and new literacies, blogging as a new literacies practice, literacy instruction and field experience models, school design through a new literacies perspective, and grading contracts in an advanced composition course that utilizes print-based and digital media. His next research project will involve teacher candidates and digital media.
Prior to his role as Special Assistant, Kyle was involved across campus in many ways. In addition to serving as a UNLV Presidential Student Ambassador, Kyle was a graduate assistant and served in the capacities of Course Instructor (Literacy Education) and Department Liaison. He was a founding member, Board Director, and Vice-President of UNLV Cares Food Bank. Within the Department of Teaching & Learning, he had founded and served as chair of DREC, the Doctoral Research and Education Collaboration, a student group committed to high-quality teaching and research. Kyle represented his department as an appointed council representative with the Graduate & Professional Student Association, where he chaired the Community Service Committee and represented graduate students on university wide committees, including the Course Evaluation Task Group and Student Health Insurance. He was also chair of the Doctoral Advisory Group, Chair of the Cohort Mentor Planning Group, and served on Literacy Committee and the GPSA Research Forum Committee. Kyle continues as the Graduate College Recruitment Director for Golden Key International Honour Society.
His educational experience prior to coming to UNLV in 2010 has involved living and spending time teaching and serving in leadership and administrative roles in schools in Iowa and Missouri, as well as Coahuila, Mexico. He is a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy/Reading-Language Arts. His career in education has resulted in Resolutions from the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate, as well as honors from the Missouri Governor and the Regional Professional Development Center of Southeast Missouri.
Outside of campus, Kyle volunteers and has provided service for events such as Giving Day, Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program (HOBY), Family Leadership Initiative (FLI), Project ASIST, UNLV College of Education GRIPS, UNLV Career Day, the Las Vegas Marathon, and the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign. He is a member and former Vice President of the University of Iowa Las Vegas Chapter Alumni Association. He holds membership in many professional organizations, including Literacy Research Association, the Association of Teacher Educators, International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English, the National Scholars Honor Society, and Kappa Delta Pi. When not on campus or studying, Kyle enjoys walking, hiking, biking, swim/sun, coffee, reading, movies, dinners, shows, and socializing.