Accomplishments: School of Public Policy and Leadership

March 26, 2019
Caitlin J. Saladino (Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West) recently was featured as a guest columnist in the Las Vegas Sun. The piece, "Public R1 Universities Undervalued as Elitists Clamber for Acceptance," highlights the value of schools like UNLV, in the wake of the college admissions scandal. The piece was originally published on March 22. 
March 25, 2019
Robert E. Lang (Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West) and David R. Damore (Political Science) are the authors of a new, recently published policy brief, "The Road to Carnegie R1 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas." Founded in 1957, UNLV is now classified as a top research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This is a major accomplishment. The Lincy Institute’s analysis of all 130 “Carnegie Doctoral Universities” (2018) with “very high research...
December 18, 2018
Kathleen Lauckner (Community Health and Public Policy and Leadership) was chosen to be a guest lecturer for her alma mater's new Stockton University campus in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She presented a session titled “Engaging Communities and Stakeholders”  for the executive Ed.D organization leadership program. This opportunity allowed her to share her involvement with communities impacted by the legacy of lead toxicity as well as her engagement with voter participation in issues involving...
December 12, 2018
David Damore (Political Science) and Robert Lang (Public Policy) hosted a colloquium on behalf ofThe Lincy Institute at UNLV, "Higher Education Reform: A Time for Action." The event featured research on Nevada higher education governance and system administration reform, with presentations from professors , executive director of The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West.  Local news coverage of the event can also be found in the Las Vegas Sun editorial, "Reforms Can Help Nevada Get the...
October 18, 2018
The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West served as co-sponsors of the American Planning Association Nevada Chapter Annual State Conference earlier this month. As such, many UNLV faculty members presented their research on critical policy areas for our state through various conference sessions.  Robert Lang and William Brown (The Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West) moderated two keynote sessions on the conference theme "Vegas Growing Up — Welcome to the Big Leagues," featuring...
September 13, 2018
On Sept. 5 the Academic Success Center (ASC) celebrated its 10-year anniversary and as part of its celebration recognized former students, faculty, departments, and community leaders that have made the ASC such an exemplary center. They are: Dean’s Award - Carl Reiber (formerly of the provost's office) Dean’s Award - Regent Kevin Page Founder’s Award - Neal Smatresk (former UNLV president) Outstanding Impact Award - philanthropist Christina Hixson  Classified Dedication Award -  Monica McNeely...
December 18, 2017
Randy Dexter (Communication Studies) and Jefferson Detrick (Public Administration) were among those who graduated from the Student Veterans of America's 2017 Leadership Institute. Expected to be the leaders of tomorrow, the 93 graduates completed intensive leadership training over three days with access to distinguished leaders including former President George W. Bush. Identified as the highest-performing student veterans in higher education, they traveled to the George W. Bush Presidential...
May 2, 2017
Larissa Terán (Communication Studies), Jonathan Birds, Anna Caputo, Rich Easter, Rosa Rosas, and Mark Sakurada (all Public Policy and Leadership) received honors at the 8th annual Greenspun College of Urban Affairs' (GCUA) Graduate Research Symposium in April. The symposium offers graduate students in GCUA the opportunity to present their research to the college, UNLV, and the community at large. Judges for the event were Robert Ulmer, GCUA dean; Chris Heavey, dean of the College of Liberal...
March 10, 2017
Christine Springer (Public Policy and Leadership) was a plenary speaker for the DRI 2017 Professionals Conference in February. She addressed emergency management and homeland security degrees nationwide, the ECEM (executive master of science in crisis and emergency management) degree that she helped start and manages and also where the emergency management and homeland security profession is today in contrast to 2011. She also interacted with the audience for 30 minutes and received and...
December 16, 2016
The Multicultural Educational Services Alliance (MESA) Team (Education) was chosen from more than 90 applicants as a focus project at the national Teach to Lead Summit held in Washington, D.C., last month. The annual teacher preparation summit seeks to spotlight and advance groundbreaking research and work happening in states, districts, and schools across the nation. MESA team members Jori Beck (Teaching and Learning); Cynthia Chávez, a teacher in the Clark County School District ; and UNLV...
October 20, 2016
Cassandra Boyer, Jorge Adrian Castrejon, Jessica Nave-Blodgett, Andrew Ortiz, and Karl Wennerlind have been chosen to receive the fall 2016 Southwest Travel Awards. They were selected from among 150 student applicants. Recipients of the awards receive a round-trip travel voucher from Southwest Airlines to allow them to travel to a conference or workshop related to their studies. Boyer, who is pursuing a master of arts degree in criminal justice, will be attending the annual conference of the...
August 8, 2016
Allison Smith (Education); Rosemary Flores (School of Public Policy and Leadership); Monica Hernández-Johnson, Norma Marrun, Jori Beck, and Christine Clark (all Teaching and Learning) received $335,224 in funding from the Nevada department of education (NDE) Great Teaching and Learning Fund (GTLF) for their “Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways for Students of Color into the Teaching Profession: Giving Back to the Community through Teaching" Project.   The Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways Project...