Aug. 31, 2022

UNLV’s College of Education is saddened to announce that Dr. CarolAnne M. Kardash, Professor Emerita in the Department of Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022 after a three-year battle with small cell lung cancer.

Dr. Kardash earned a B.A. at Le Moyne College, a M.S. at the College of Saint Rose, and a Ph.D. at Arizona State University. Her post-doctoral career in higher education began 36 years ago when she accepted a position as an assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of Missouri – Columbia. She came to UNLV in 2001, which was quite a coup for the educational psychology program.

During her time in the academy, Dr. Kardash consistently contributed to the educational psychology scholarship and has, notable, published 14 articles in two of the most prestigious journals in that field: the Journal of Educational Psychology and Contemporary Educational Psychology. Her research revolved around text processing. Early in her career, she focused on how students learn from text and how differences between students and texts could contribute to gains when learning from text. Later, her focus shifted to how/whether students could change their minds (i.e., conceptual change) about controversial issues (e.g., climate change, vaccinations for children) as a result of reading persuasive texts under different processing procedures with or without the inclusion of reader characteristics.

Dr. Kardash was an exacting, yet supportive mentor of the students under her supervision and her students benefited tremendously from her counsel. She always set high standards for her students, in and out of the classroom, and then made sure she provided the means necessary for the students to meet her expectations. Students consistently praised her for providing clear and timely feedback, which is one of the most commonly overlooked bedrocks of effective instruction.

Dr. Kardash served the department, college, university, and profession in all ways expected of a university professor. She willingly completed the dullest and most labor-intensive tasks for the betterment of the department and the programs therein. She assumed leadership roles – especially in terms of promotion and tenure issues – for the department and college. She sat on several editorial boards and provided numerous ad-hoc reviews for scholarly journals, and was a supportive colleague who made sure to connect with faculty throughout the department, especially new and/or non-tenured faculty.

Dr. Kardash consistently demonstrated the best of what we expect from university faculty – dedication to teaching, perseverance in research, commitment through service, and unwavering support for her department. She served as a praiseworthy example of how to navigate the professorate. She was insightful and honest – a trusted advisor – and a voice of reason. Dr. Kardash has been a valued colleague, mentor, and friend to students, faculty, and staff at UNLV. She will be greatly missed.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at St. Thomas More Catholic Community (130 North Pecos Road, Henderson) with a reception in the church’s community center afterward. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for CarolAnne’s friends and family may be shared via the Palm Mortuary website.