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Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education News

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Current Educational Psychology and Higher Education News

UNLV students in red caps/gowns hugging at commencement
Campus News | December 12, 2019

UNLV president Marta Meana will highlight four graduating students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the Class of 2019.

People preparing to cut ribbon on new Fertitta Complex
Campus News | November 1, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

U.S. Women's National Soccer Team lifts FIFA World Cup 2019 trophy as confetti and streamers rain down
Research | July 23, 2019

UNLV sports and gender equity researcher Nancy Lough weighs in on the wage gap, marketing/sponsorship, and role of men and media in the sports industry.

Frederick Ngo poses in front of tables and chairs in a classroom.
People | April 15, 2019

The former high school teacher dove into education policy research after realizing that many of his students went on to college but later dropped out.

Portrait of Nicole Stella.
People | October 15, 2018

Have a student who is struggling — or excelling? Send them to the Academic Success Center. Nicole Stella wants to see them.

Research | April 25, 2018

The biggest barrier is getting teachers and staff on board with new strategies in school discipline.

Educational Psychology and Higher Education In The News

The Ultimate Sports Parent Podcast
November 22, 2019

Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Nancy Lough, professor at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), who focuses on gender equity in sports, explains why more girls drop out of sports than boys. It's due, in part, to stereotypes about what boys and girls should be doing.She also describes how girls are becoming more actively involved in pushing for equal pay in professional sports.

The Hechinger Report
November 18, 2019

Community colleges and nonselective universities that enroll everyone are at a crossroads.

Authority Magazine
November 14, 2019

Conduct pay audits routinely. Inequities can be addressed more easily when they are small. Over time, salary issues tend to grow when no audit is done to create awareness of inequities. Equal pay is mandated by federal law for equal work. This also means stop justifying discrimination. The U.S. Soccer Federation is the most visible example of this: Instead of addressing the pay inequity, they hired two lobbying firms to advocate for their position. This money could have been spent on addressing the pay inequity issue.

Chicago Sun-Times
October 30, 2019

Classes in Chicago’s public schools were canceled on Oct. 17 when more than 25,000 teachers went on strike, in what they called a fight for “justice and equity” for their students.

Education Dive
October 28, 2019

This year kicked off with a teacher’s strike in the nation’s second-largest school district, and as the end of 2019 nears, teachers in the third-largest district still haven't reached an agreement with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson.

October 23, 2019

Chicago schools will remain closed Wednesday, as more than 32,000 teachers and staff continue to strike for a fifth school day, fighting for education funding and calling on the city to take on broader issues — from homelessness to immigration raids — that affect the nation’s third-largest school district.

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Recent Educational Psychology and Higher Education Accomplishments

December 12, 2019
Jacob D. Skousen (Educational Psychology and Higher Education) recently published a book chapter, "Hegemony, Principal Preparation, and the Language of the Oppressor: The Elusive Preparation of Socially Just School Leaders" in the Handbook on Promoting Social Justice in Education by Springer.
November 20, 2019
Federick Ngo (Educational Psychology and Higher Education) has been invited to present at the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness's 2019 conference, Reimagining Developmental Education. The two-day event, which takes place Nov. 21 and 22 in New York City, focuses on innovative practices in developmental education across the United...
November 15, 2019
Nancy Lough (Educational Psychology and Higher Education), president-elect of the Sport Marketing Association, gave two presentations at the association's annual  conference in Chicago. Her topics were "Segmentation of Women's Sport Fans: Identification and Motivations" and "From Survive to Thrive: A Roundtable on Supporting Female Sport Marketing...
October 23, 2019
Christopher Cain (Hospitality), Nancy Lough (Educational Psychology and Higher Education), and Lisa Cain, '15 PhD Hospitality Administration, recently published their paper "Exploring Strategies to Improve Gender Equity in a Masculinized Field of Study" in the Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education. The study sought to...
October 17, 2019
Jacob D. Skousen (Educational Psychology & Educational Leadership) and co-author Elizabeth Domangue, superintendent in the Manitou Springs School District in Colorado, published in the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership by SAGE Publishing. The article, “Leadership for Social Justice in High-Poverty Schools: Exploration of Equity and...
September 18, 2019
Federick Ngo (Educational Psychology and Higher Education) co-authored the article "Giving Community College Students Choice: The Impact of Self-Placement in Math Courses," which was published in the American Educational Research Journal. The study shows how removing placement testing requirements and letting students choose their own math courses...