College of Education dean to step down

Aug. 4, 2020


Kim Metcalf, dean of the College of Education, will be stepping down from the post, effective Aug. 14. Metcalf will be on professional development leave for a year and expects to return to faculty at UNLV to focus on teacher education and research with an emphasis on policy.

“I am so proud of what the college has achieved over the past seven years,” Metcalf said. “The jump of over 70 spots onto the U.S. News & World Report’s best education colleges list is a reflection of the high impact and high quality work of our college.”

Metcalf joined UNLV as dean in 2013. Metcalf said he was recruited to elevate the college’s work and engagement at the local, state and national level, and to improve its impact among academic peers, education and behavioral health practitioners and policymakers.

“As dean, Kim Metcalf has advocated for education research, and has developed what he refers to as ‘next generation’ practices in a profession that is one of the toughest and one of the most important in our society today,” said Chris Heavey, interim executive vice president and provost.

Heavey said an interim dean will be named following consultation with College of Education faculty.

Under Metcalf’s leadership, the College of Education established its first endowed chair with funding from the Dunn Family Foundation. The endowed chair supports the development of educational assessment tools and research. The college also received one of the largest-ever gifts to UNLV – $12.9 million – from the estate of the late philanthropist Kitty Rodman for scholarships and graduate fellowships in Special Education.

Prior to joining UNLV, Metcalf served as dean of the College of Education, interim vice president for operations and sponsored research, and director of institutional research at the University of West Georgia. He had also spent more than a decade as a member of the faculty of the School of Education at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Metcalf began his career as a public school band and orchestra teacher after receiving his bachelor's degree in music education from Ball State University.

He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Ohio State University. Metcalf's research in teacher education and in education policy, particularly his research on school choice, has been recognized by the Association of Teacher Educators, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and the American Evaluation Association, among others.

His publications include a co-authored textbook, The Act of Teaching, now in its seventh edition. Previous leadership positions include service as director of the Indiana Center for Evaluation (Indiana University, 1997-2003) and as an associate superintendent for research and assessment (Monroe County Community Schools, Bloomington, Indiana, 2004-2006).