2019 Doctoral Colloquium Recap

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Feb. 28, 2019


The Third Annual College of Education Doctoral Colloquium kicked off on February 8th, bringing the College’s doctoral students, faculty, and community members together for a night of catching up and showing off. Often, the hectic demands of doctoral life keep us from spending as much time as we’d like with friends and colleagues in other departments across the college—The Doctoral Colloquium is a great opportunity for all departments and students to come together to celebrate the work and achievements of all. After a delicious dinner provided by the UNLV Hospitality College, we were given the opportunity to network, chat, and view research posters from fellow students.

The main events of the night were an awards ceremony honoring achievements in outstanding thesis, dissertation, and graduate student teaching, awarded to Elizabeth Hofschulte-Collins, Scot Ewen, and Malayka Neith Cornejo, respectively. This was followed by a carefully crafted panel of College of Education alumni, brought together to share their knowledge and experience of life during and after obtaining their doctoral degree. Thoughtful and informative words from Dr. Regina Brandon, Associate Professor at the University of San Diego, Dr. Laura Yavitz, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at Touro University, and Dr. Leanna Archambault, Associate Professor at Arizona State University, moderated by COE Assistant Professor Dr. Jenna Weglarz-Ward, were much appreciated by aspiring students and faculty alike. If you missed the panel, you can watch a recap from the video below.



The colloquium also featured a poster presentation that allowed College of Education students to showcase innovative research they’re pioneering. Presenters included:

  • Mental Burnout, Attrition and Administrative Support Among Special Education Teachers
    William Woods
  • Student Engagement: The Role of School Structures and Social Relationships
    Christie Gardner
  • I Design My Own Life (IDOL). A Person-Centered Planning System to Enhance Self-Determination Skills for Students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders
    Katelyn Zirkus
  • Investigating Computational Thinking Self-Efficacy Beliefs of Pre-Service Elementary Teachers  
    Erdogan Kaya
  • Single Case Study: Critical Story Telling in a Doctoral Course
    Ezgi Yesilyurt
  • Body Continuum Polling: A Dynamic Technique for Any Classroom
    Erica Tietjen

A special thank you to all who attended, presented or served as panelists. We can’t wait to see what this event, now a staple of the College, brings to the table next year!