Megan Rauch Griffard

Assistant Professor, College of Education
Expertise: Teacher retention, vacancies, and turnover, School funding, Crises, natural disasters, pandemics, and other disruptions to schooling


Megan Rauch Griffard is an assistant professor with UNLV's Educational Policy and Leadership program. Her primary research areas address: (1) teacher retention, vacancies, and turnover; (2) K-12 school finance, and (3) crises, natural disaster, pandemics, and other disruptions to schooling.

Griffard began her career in education in Nevada as a high school teacher in Clark County School District. At UNLV, she teaches courses that prepare aspiring school leaders to manage human and fiscal resources in schools.

She has shared her research in more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and policy papers, 15 national conference presentations, and 13 presentations to local organizations and other stakeholders in education policy. In 2023, Griffard received the Dissertation of the Year award from the American Educational Research Association's Leadership for School Improvement group.


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.S., Northwestern University
  • M.Ed., UNLV
  • B.A., Boston College

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Dr. Megan Rauch Griffard from UNLV’s Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education’s project Dissecting the Educator Talent Pipeline and Educators’ ROI in Nevada will focus on whether CTE certificates in education concentrations lead to eventual employment in education, seek to understand how long NSHE education majors take to earn their desired degree by educational attainment level, and how the wages of educators compare to other workers with comparable education and experience in Nevada by educational attainment level.