About The Department

Inquire Educate Innovate

The Department of Teaching and Learning delivers K-12 teacher education programs, conducts research, and provides professional service to school-based educational practice at local, state, national, and international levels. Our mission is accomplished through:

Preparing Educators

Preparing educators who empower students as active and literate participants in a democratic and global society through a focus on core academics and essential skills.

 

Fostering Partnerships

Establishing collaborative partnerships with schools to support the preparation of educators for diverse communities.

 

Implementing Standards

Concentrating on Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent, clear message regarding curricular priorities.

 

Technology

Using digital technologies to provide educational opportunities throughout the region.

 

Research to Practice

Creating and applying evidence-based research to all professional teaching areas, with particular emphasis on areas of national concern such as reading, mathematics, science, and technology.

 

Department Administration

 

Dr. Emily Lin

Dr. Emily Lin

Department Chair

Emily Lin received her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education-University of Toronto, Canada. She is the Past Director of Teacher Education for the College of Education and is the current Chair for the Department of Teaching and Learning at UNLV.

Faculty Bio

 
Dr. Jeffery Shih

Dr. Jeffery Shih

Associate Chair

Jeffrey Shih is an associate professor of elementary mathematics education that joined the UNLV faculty in 1999. Dr. Shih earned a B.A. in Statistics with a minor in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Dr. Travis Olson

Dr. Travis Olson

Graduate Program Coordinator

Travis Olson is an associate professor of mathematics education in the Department of Teaching and Learning who joined the UNLV faculty in 2009. Dr. Olson's current research continues to focus on curriculum analysis studies and implications on students' opportunities to learn and teachers' opportunities to teach particular mathematics concepts.

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Dr. P.G. Schrader

Dr. P.G. Schrader

Doctoral Program Co-Coordinator

Dr. P. G. Schrader is a professor of educational technology in the department of Teaching and Learning, co-coordinator for doctoral programs for the department, and assessment coordinator for STEM on UNLV's Gear-Up project. He is also a research scientist in the Center for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment at UNLV.

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Dr. Hasan Deniz

Dr. Hasan Deniz

Doctoral Program Co-Coordinator

Dr. Hasan Deniz is an Associate Professor of Science Education, currently teaching masters level science methods courses. Dr. Deniz is an active researcher in the areas of students' epistemological beliefs in science and teaching evolution.

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