Chris Garrett, Ph.D.

Bio: For over a decade Chris has directed professional development programs and taught in higher education with experience teaching at various types of institutions: community college, junior college, private liberal arts, tier-one research, and comprehensive public universities.  After earning a bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University in American Studies, Chris taught English as a Second Language for two years at a private high school in Gotemba, Shizuoka, Japan.  Upon returning to the USA, he continued his academic training at Oregon State University (M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies) and Texas A&M University (PhD, English).  His doctoral work included concentrations in seventeenth-century devotional literature, religious studies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.  His hobbies include pickleball, scuba diving, tennis, cycling, and music.

Courses Taught:

  • EDU 250: Foundations of Education
  • ALS 101N: College Success
  • ENG 442A: 17th Century English Literature

Areas of Expertise:

  • New Faculty Orientation
  • College Initiatives (e.g., Core Curriculum Revision and Assessment)
  • Portfolio Training for Tenure-Track Faculty
  • Faculty Mentoring
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Discussion-Based Learning
  • Faculty Development
  • Organizational and Leadership Development

Beth Vasquez, MS, CCC-SLP

Mrs. Beth Vasquez has worked as a speech-language pathologist for over 18 years.  She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2003 with her Master Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  She has primarily worked with young children and school-aged children during this time.  She specializes in pediatric feeding, autism, language disorders, early intervention and speech sound disorders.  She is a native to Las Vegas and is committed to developing future speech-language pathologists to help assist with the growing demand of speech therapy.  She has presented on a variety of topics to educators and family members.  Over the years she has supervised many students and enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise.  She enjoys spending time with her family and taking her two French Bulldogs for walks to the park.

Beth Vasquez CV 2021

Steve Hayden, Ph.D.

My name is Steve (he/him), an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education with a literacy focus at Nevada State College. Agency or teacher agency (making choices, exerting influence, and taking stances for beneficial change in self, students, or community) drives my teaching, research, and service. I believe in the intergenerational nature of literacy, that much learning occurs beyond traditional school settings, in a variety of cultures, and that learning is a lifelong process. Agency is the healthy link between teaching, community, and literacy; the conscious role people play in bringing about social change.

I have a Bachelors degree in Consumer Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Masters in Teaching from the University of South Florida, and a Ph.D. in Teacher Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I have extensive teaching experience across elementary, middle grades, and higher education contexts. I entered teaching motivated by the idea that a career in education allowed me the opportunity to affect change, on a grand scale, in an industry in need of talented professionals. I have never looked back.