Kim K. Metcalf

Dean, College of Education
Professor of Education
Expertise: Education Policy, School Choice, Vouchers, Charter Schools, Teacher Education, Educational Research


Kim Metcalf began his career as a high school band and orchestra director in Indiana before enrolling at The Ohio State University to pursue his graduate degrees. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in the dual areas of Teacher Education and Educational Research & Evaluation. His early research examined teaching behaviors found to significantly enhance student learning, garnering national recognition for its quality and research methodology.  This work also serves as a basis for the textbook The Act of Teaching, now in its 7th edition.

After two years on the faculty of Southwest Missouri State University, Metcalf joined the faculty of the School of Education at Indiana University in Bloomington. During his tenure, he served as director of an experimental program for the development and testing of clinical and experiential training of education professionals, directed one of the first alternative teacher licensure programs in Indiana, and established the Indiana Center for Evaluation which focused on evaluation of educational programs and policy at the state and national levels. For nearly 10 years, he lead a team of faculty and graduate students that completed what remains the most intensive study of school choice programs to date. This monitored a range of factors associated with the progress and family contexts of nearly 40,000 children who attended public, private, voucher-funded, magnet, and charter schools in Cleveland, Ohio. The work was recognized by the U.S. Office of Budget and Accountability for its objectivity and rigor.

Before becoming dean of the College of Education at UNLV in July 2013, Metcalf held positions as associate superintendent for research in Bloomington, Indiana,  and dean of the College of Education and vice president for the Office of Research and Sponsored Operations at the University of West Georgia.

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Kim K. Metcalf In The News

April 23, 2018
A timeline for a “Top Gun”-style teacher preparation program slated to start next year at UNLV has slowed down because of concerns from an anonymous donor.
February 23, 2018
Between President Trump’s suggestion to arm trained teachers and students around the country walking out of schools, educators have been challenged this month. It's changed the way universities have to educate future teachers.
September 26, 2017
If leading the country’s fifth-largest school district isn’t daunting enough, try doing so in the midst of a massive reorganization, a budget deficit of at least $60 million and a continual firestorm of pushback from unions and trustees.
August 16, 2016
Complaining about the Clark County School District is as typical of Las Vegas as griping about monsoon season or the Spaghetti Bowl. While Nevada no longer ranks last in the nation (That spot belongs to New Mexico now: We’re No. 49!) and students are beginning to see gains in reading and math proficiency, achievement still leaves something to be desired.

Articles Featuring Kim K. Metcalf

children at a science presentation
Business and Community | September 26, 2017
As the rest of the country becomes as diverse as Las Vegas, UNLV is creating better-than-best practices for our next generation of kids.
Brian Sandoval
Campus News | December 8, 2015
UNLV College of Education’s first Summit on Nevada Education draws local, state, and national stakeholders for idea swap on improved education.
illustration of an apple that says unlv. clouds surrounding it says english, math, and special education. a magifying glass is placed above the apple and it says research.
Business and Community | May 15, 2015
Clark County School District is ground zero for the issues rumbling in schools across the country. Here's how UNLV is linking research and outreach programs to help find solutions.
Campus News | October 13, 2014
College of Education receives largest-ever gift from the estate of the late philanthropist Kitty Rodman for scholarships and graduate fellowships.