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Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education News

The Department of Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education delivers and provides instruction in innovative research that informs the educational process from early childhood through higher education. Our curriculum prepares graduates for leadership positions in diverse settings and roles, provides foundational support for programs across the university, and investigates educational policy to inform practice in P-12 through higher education.

Current Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education News

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Campus News |

News highlights starring UNLV students and faculty who made local and national headlines.

Spring Flowers (Becca Schwartz)
Campus News |

A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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Research |

UNLV-led grant project creates a hub for faculty across the country to share resources, learn, and collaborate with each other.

The Las Vegas strip as seen on Super Bowl weekend (Josh Hawkins/UNLV).
Campus News |

A collection of news stories and highlights featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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Business and Community |

Rebecca Nathanson, a 2024 Community Engagement Award winner, teaches children strategies to minimize trauma of courtroom testimony at Kids' Court School.

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Business and Community |

As Southern Nevada’s image as a mecca for professional sports continues to grow, so too do employment opportunities for UNLV graduates. 

Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education In The News


It’s been a year of missteps, miscalculations, confusion, delays, glitches, and frustration after the botched launch of the simplified FAFSA, which has prevented financial aid packages from being awarded to students with ample time to make plans for their future.


Five defeats and no wins - that's how the first professional season for basketball star Caitlin Clark started. She didn't score as she usually does and rarely found a rhythm with her teammates. And the criticism of the 22-year-old player is already piling up - with no grace period: Is she too small for the professional league? Too delicate? Too weak? Can she not handle the pressure of expectations? Is there racism behind all the hype about the white player, which deliberately overlooks black players with greater talent?

Nevada Business

For the longest time, we’ve thought about the marriage between sports and educational institutions on a competitive level. From Friday Night Lights with high school football, to Saturday afternoons in college, to the madness in March with NCAA basketball. The representation of schools in the form of athletic competition has always united student bodies, but even more so, has been an added source of entertainment.

City Cast Las Vegas

On Friday, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced an unprecedented new sponsorship program: $100k to each of the Las Vegas Aces players, from superstars to rookies. On the heels of that announcement, however, the WNBA confirmed that it would be investigating this sponsorship deal for possible violation of league rules. But why? Today, executive producer Sonja Cho Swanson talks with professor Nancy Lough, co-director of the UNLV Sports Innovation Institute, about the complicated rules of endorsements, sponsorships, and pay-to-play in pro sports — and how we can get to pay parity for female athletes.


Las Vegas Aces star A'ja Wilson says members of her team had no idea about the surprise they were set to receive on Friday. "I don't think people really understand, but we didn't know what was going on," Wilson said after practice at the team's facility in Henderson on Monday. "Our city is behind us 100% and they're giving us what we deserve."

KSNV-TV: News 3

Las Vegas loves its sports teams. The WNBA’s Aces arrived from San Antonio, Texas. We welcomed the Raiders, and soon-to-be Las Vegas A’s from Oakland. But the Vegas Golden Knights are Vegas-born, and their birth certificate was forged in our community’s darkest hours.

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Recent Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education Accomplishments

LeAnne Salazar Montoya's (Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education) recent publication, "Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: What’s in a Name?", examines the intricate meanings and implications behind the terms equity, diversity, and inclusion within contemporary discussions and practices. The work delves into how these concepts are…
Associate professor Federick Ngo (Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education) provided commentary on issues with new FAFSA implementation in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Last week, Secretary of Education Miguel A. Cardona released a letter to Federal Student Aid (FSA) staff which acknowledged the errors made and a need…
Nancy Lough (Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education; UNLV Sports Innovation Institute) was featured in episode 10 of the City Cast Las Vegas podcast. In this episode she does a deep dive into the complexities of endorsements, sponsorships, pay-to-play in pro sports, and how we can get to pay parity for women's sports.
E. Michael Nussbaum (Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education), Ph.D., published an article in Science Education detailing a year-long professional development for middle school science teachers in Clark County School District. The study, led by Dr. Nussbaum, Ian Dove (Philosophy), Ph.D., and LeAnn Putney (Educational…
Ariana Garcia and Blanca Rincón (both Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education) published an article, "Culturally Responsive Mentoring: A Psychosociocultural Perspective on Sustaining Students of Color Career Aspirations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM),” in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.…
Ileana Jara Yupanqui (Linguistics), Miriam Melton-Villanueva (History), and Blanca Rincón (Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education) were selected to receive a 2024 Faculty Opportunity Award (FOA) for project entitled "A Planning Grant for NEH: Mural of Knowledges."