Sloan-C and Nevada State College Team Up to Bring Career Forum to Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Conference

New career development feature will facilitate networking among higher ed recruiters and Educational Technology/Instructional Technology professionals attending the conference.
The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) and Nevada State College (NSC) have teamed up to bring a new networking opportunity to attendees of the 6th Annual Sloan-C/MERLOT Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium(ET4Online), which takes place April 9-11, at the Planet Hollywood Resort, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The  Career Forum, which is being managed by conference sponsor NSC, was created to provide conference participants with new opportunities to network and interview with prospective employers. It will feature roundtable discussions for graduate students and junior faculty and will provide attendees with the chance to meet seasoned faculty and discuss educational technology career choices, career skills such as professional networking and scholarship development, and career applications such as portfolio and CV development and gathering references.
Institutions and organizations across the country are searching and competing for professionals skilled in educational technology/instructional technology as the growth in online learning in higher education continues to increase, said Bruce Chaloux, Executive Director and CEO of Sloan-C. Our events are populated with those seeking professionals to join their organizations and individuals with outstanding qualifications looking for these opportunities, making it an ideal environment for initiating the interview process. We are excited to be working with Nevada State on the Career Forum.
The ET4Online Symposium offers individuals an opportunity to study best practices, understand applications, discover new technologies, and connect with others who share a love for and belief in the promise of educational technology.
The idea for the Career Forum emerged following discussions among NSC and Sloan-C peers at a prior Sloan-C conference, said, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Interim Dean of the School of Education, NSC. We’re excited for this first edition of the Career Forum and anticipate it will become a regular feature and an attendee favorite of Sloan-C events in the future.
Information about the 6th Annual Sloan-C/MERLOT Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, including registration links for onsite and virtual attendance, is available at

Tenure awarded to five Liberal Arts and Science professors

By Mandi Enger
Recognizing Nevada State College (NSC) faculty members committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, five professors from the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) were awarded tenure by the Nevada Board of Regents during the spring 2013 semester. The newly tenured faculty include: Shirli Brautbar, Associate Professor of History; Edwin Price, Associate Professor of Environmental Science; Gregory Robinson, Associate Professor of English; Gwen Sharp, Associate Professor of Sociology and Department Chair of Social Sciences & Business Administration; and Aaron Wong, Associate Professor of Mathematics.
The tenure process encourages our faculty to achieve a level of excellence in their teaching and scholarly endeavors that will best serve our students and the broader Southern Nevada community, said NSC Provost Erika Beck. NSC is proud of our newly tenured faculty as they have demonstrated that the quality of their work meets or exceeds the long-standing traditions of the Academy and helps to foster the success of our entire student body.
Faculty members are eligible for tenure based upon standards set by the Board of Regents as well as internal criteria outlined by each school in their standards of academe. The full tenure process lasts approximately six years encompassing annual reviews, a comprehensive third year review, and an official application for promotion to tenure.
The application for tenure contains a wealth of comprehensive, evidence-based data on the professor’s growth overtime, said NSC Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences Andy Kuniyuki. What ultimately matters in our tenure process is that our professors truly impact our students in a way that they are in turn able to demonstrate what they think, and what they know, and what they are able to do.
The in-depth application packet is subject to a rigorous evaluation process by the dean, external professors and/or department chairs in the discipline from around the country, an on-campus committee comprised of tenured faculty, the college provost and president, and finally the Board of Regents.
The designation of tenure signifies that a faculty member upholds the value of higher education, added Kuniyuki. Tenured faculty are qualified to not only continue teaching but to do so with a level of academic freedom to explore new teaching techniques that will improve the educational outcomes of our students.
Approximately 21 NSC professors have been tenured, including those within LAS, the School of Education and the School of Nursing. In 2014, two additional faculty members will become eligible to complete the application for promotion to tenure.
Shirli Brautbar
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D. in History, University of Southern California
My favorite part of being a professor at NSC is watching my students succeed. Receiving tenure is the result of many years of hard work and a great honor.
In 2012, Dr. Brautbar published a critically-acclaimed book titled From Fashion to Politics: Hadassah and Jewish American Women in the Post World war II Era. Brautbar is currently working on an American History textbook and advises the NSC History Society, an active history student organization. She considers herself to be an interdisciplinary scholar and this is reflected in her research and teaching.
Edwin Price
Associate Professor of Environmental Science
Ph.D. in Geology, Washington State University
My favorite part of teaching is getting students involved in field projects. Many of our students have not spent much time outdoors but want to. Several of my classes have a field component and some courses have been taught predominantly in the field.
With abundant work experience in the environmental science industry, Dr. Price began teaching in higher in education in 2003. Price teaches all classes in the NSC Environmental and Resource Science program such as: Geology, Meteorology, Planetary Astronomy, Hydrology, Soils, Climate Change, Pollution, Regional and Global Issues, and Environmental Measurement and Analysis. Price continues to participate in field work and plans to work with two NSC students on a soil research project in Georgia over the summer.
Gregory Robinson
Associate Professor of English
Ph.D. in English, University of Nevada Las Vegas
I love our community at NSC. The faculty work together remarkably well, and the students are truly invested in learning more. We have created an environment that is always exciting and inspiring.
Dr. Robinson joined NSC in 2003 as the Director of Library Services. Moving to the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2008, Robinson now teaches courses in Literary Theory, American Literature, Film, and Interdisciplinary Studies. In additional to teaching, Robinson is active in the community working with the Contemporary Arts Center.
Gwen Sharp
Associate Professor of Sociology and Department Chair of Social Sciences & Business Administration
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Being a really good instructor is a skill you build, and it requires experimenting, mastering new techniques, gathering data on what works, and constantly adapting and revising your classes to meet students needs. I think NSC is really unique in the degree to which the faculty recognize this and think about their classes not in terms of what the instructor would like to do, but what actually helps our students learn and get excited about the subject.
Teaching a range of sociology classes, such as Principles of Sociology, Gender and Society, Sex and Social Arrangements, and Popular Culture, Dr. Sharp has been teaching at NSC since 2007. She began teaching in higher education in 2005.
Aaron Wong
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. University of California-San Diego
I think NSC has an entrepreneurial spirit that is unique in education. We don’t have the same institutional inertia other places do, which keep them doing the same things, the way they have always done them. Instead, we have the freedom to try new ideas and explore new technologies to help us become better at the things we do.
Receiving his Ph.D. and joining NSC in 2007, Dr. Wong began teaching a variety of lower- and upper-division mathematics courses. Over the last few years, Wong has reorganized NSC’s remedial math courses. Since the Foundational Mathematics program was implemented, the college has seen a 20% relative increase in the pass rates for these classes.

Nevada State College publication wins Collegiate Advertising Award

First edition of annual magazine receives gold recognition

By Mandi Enger
The first edition of the Nevada State College (NSC) magazine, the Black and Gold Annual, has won a gold 2012 Collegiate Advertising Award (CAA) in the single magazine publication category. The CAA was presented to all contributors of the piece including NSC, All Write Business Communications, and B&P Advertising, Media and Public Relations.
The annual magazine was launched in October 2012 during the college’s10-year anniversary celebration in order to share details of the unique programs, events, students, faculty, and alumni at NSC with community members and supporters throughout the state.
Highlights of the magazine include features on the School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and student life. A faculty and staff directory and listings of alumni and NSC donors are also included.
The second edition of the Black and Gold Annual is expected to be released by the college in the fall of 2013.
The first annual CAA program was held in December 2012. The program is an elite competition designed specifically for communications, marketing, and advertising initiatives of colleges and universities from across the nation. More than 700 entries from the United States and Canada were entered into the 2012 program.
All entries were judged by industry experts and were scored on multiple criteria with a possibility of 100 total points. Gold awards were presented to entries receiving a score of 95 to 99 points (the top five percent in the nation).
Criteria included creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality, and overall appeal. Entrants competed against similar-sized organizations in their specific groups and categories.
To order a complimentary copy of the Black & Gold Annual, please email