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Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education News

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Current Educational Psychology and Higher Education News

Campus News | September 16, 2021

College of Education experts explore what it means to be an MSI institution as they train future higher ed leaders.

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Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

Campus News | March 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

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Business and Community | February 5, 2021

Nevada Institute on Teaching and Educator Preparation finds home at UNLV and in the community.

Campus News | February 3, 2021

A collection of news stories from the new year highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

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Campus News | January 25, 2021

Online master’s program for School of Nursing ranks 7th overall and College of Education earns highest-ever placement at 35th; Liberal Arts’ online bachelor’s in psychology debuts at 26th. 

Educational Psychology and Higher Education In The News

Education Week
August 6, 2021

Despite arguing in the spring that teachers should be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine, state and national teachers’ unions have so far been reluctant to support a mandate.

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 12, 2021

If approved, the change would ban smoking — including the use of electronic cigarettes — and tobacco products such as chewing tobacco in all university spaces, both indoors and outdoors. It would apply to students, employees, contractors and vendors, and visitors.

Fast Company
April 29, 2021

Growing up, it was common in my region of the United States to use the word “guys” with the second person plural, as in: “How are you guys?” I didn’t think twice about using it until I learned the history of the word “guy” and considered what it meant when used for groups that included women and nonbinary people.

April 6, 2021

A series of CarMax advertisements featuring WNBA superstar Sue Bird, which recently went viral on social media, uses humor and misdirection to elevate female athletes who have faced decades of underrepresentation in media. Bird’s accomplishments on the court put her among the best players to ever play professional basketball.

April 6, 2021

The list of well-wishers was long and prominent when Kim Ng signed her contract with the Miami Marlins. She was particularly proud of an ex-first lady, a tennis legend and a former presidential candidate.

Fox News
March 31, 2021

Teachers unions had a greater effect on school reopening plans than COVID-19 hospitalizations, a new report examining unions in 250 large, urban school districts found.

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Recent Educational Psychology and Higher Education Accomplishments

September 22, 2021
Federick Ngo (Educational Psychology and Higher Education) and doctoral candidate Juanita Hinojosa, published a new article titled "Supporting Undocumented Community College Students" in New Directions for Community Colleges. The article discusses policies that can be enacted at the federal, state, and local levels to increase access and success...
August 16, 2021
Kristine Jan C. Espinoza and Blanca Rincón (both Educational Psychology and Higher Education), Lawrence Letourneau (Academic Enrichment and Outreach), Judd Harbin (Student Affairs), and Brent M. Drake (Decision Support) have received a $10,000 research grant award from APIA Scholars to fund a research project entitled, “Oceania in the Desert:...
August 5, 2021
Dana Bickmore, Miguel Gonzales, and Maria Roberts (all in Educational Psychology and Higher Education) coauthored an article “Exploring School Leaders Communities of Practice and School Improvement” in the National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin. The study examined a program of collaborative professional development for school...
July 30, 2021
Monica Hernández-Johnson (Educational Psychology and Higher Education); Valerie Taylor and Ravijot Singh (both Interdisciplinary, Gender, & Ethnic Studies); and Norma A. Marrun, Tara J. Plachowski, and Christine Clark (all Teaching and Learning) coauthored an article, “Like Where Are Those Teachers?”: A Critical Race Theory Analysis of...
July 30, 2021
Ariana Garcia and Blanca Rincón (both Educational Psychology and Higher Education) co-authored a manuscript on how alliance-based STEM enrichment programs broker graduate-related opportunities for students of color. Using a single case study of a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation  alliance, they found that these programs bridge...
July 2, 2021
Dan Wright (Educational Psychology & Higher Education), along with colleagues from City University, London, has published the partner version of the City Birth Trauma Scale in Frontiers of Psychology. The maternal version was published a couple of years ago in Frontiers of Psychiatry and has been translated into about 10 other languages.