Accomplishments: School of Public Policy and Leadership

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...
April 5, 2016
Katherine Dockweiler, LeAnn Putney (both Educational Psychology and Higher Education), and Teresa Jordan (Environmental and Public Affairs) are the authors of the article “Enhancing the Policy Analysis Process: Case Studies Using the Layers of Analysis Framework," appearing in the Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research. The Layers of Analysis Framework (LoAF) was uniquely designed as a methodological tool for deconstructing policy text in education at the text, policy, and societal...
October 12, 2015
Aaron Brown (Public Affairs and Academic Success Center) recently was recognized as an "emerging scholar" by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). In November, he will be co-presenting a paper with Jessica Word, (Environmental and Public Affairs) at the ARNOVA conference in Chicago. The paper is titled "Crowding Out or Aligning Incentives: Motivating Nonprofit Employees Through Altruism or Materialism."
August 20, 2015
Carrie Sampson (Environmental and Public Affairs) and Sonya Douglass Horsford, formerly of UNLV and now of George Mason University, co-authored a book chapter titled "Beyond Legal Remedies: Toward Funding Equity and Improved Educational Opportunities for English Language Learners" in Law & Education Inequality: Removing Barriers to Educational Opportunities.   
November 1, 2014
Ted Greenhalgh (Environmental and Public Affairs) presented "When Hollywood Goes Green, Does It Matter?" at the Midwest Popular and American Culture Association annual conference in Indianapolis. The paper examines movie portrayals of environmental themes, including climate change and sustainability.
June 1, 2014
Kathy Lauckner (Environmental and Public Affairs) was an invited speaker at the California Conference on Lead, Housing & Healthy Homes in San Gabriel, Calif., in April. This special regional conference was for housing inspectors, code officials, environmental health specialists, lead and healthy housing program managers, and community advocates. The guests learned the "how to" information necessary for lead poisoning prevention, hazard control, indoor environmental hazard identification and...
November 1, 2013
Kathy Lauckner (Environmental and Public Affairs) spoke at the Lead and Healthy Housing Midwest Conference in Peoria, Ill., in October. She addressed the nuances of a healthy homes investigation and a lead hazard assessment. She also has been invited to join a workforce coalition group associated with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to discuss a new curriculum for IICRC certifications. She maintains the Lead Hazard Prevention Program in partnership...
February 1, 2013
James Deacon (Environmental and Public Affairs) received the first E.O. Wilson Award for Outstanding Science in Biodiversity Conservation. The award is given by the Center for Biological Diversity. Over the course of a 52-year career, he has focused on conservation of desert fish and other freshwater species and on sustainable water-use advocacy in the Southwest. His work contributed to the protection of several threatened and endangered aquatic species, helped secure water rights for Death...
December 1, 2012
Christopher Stream (Environmental and Public Affairs) and Robert Tekniepe (Environmental and Public Affairs) recently had an article published in the American Review of Public Administration. The article, "You're Fired," focuses on factors that affect county manager turnover in large U.S. counties during an 18-year period. The analysis reveals that measures of political conflict within a county help precipitate county manager removals. Also, increased fiscal stress --although significant --...