Chris Kennedy, M.A.

Hello! I am a Lecturer of Visual Media specializing in media postproduction and music. I attended Morehead State University where I did undergraduate studies in music and theatre. I also completed additional undergraduate coursework in fine arts education, anthropology and science. In preparation for my Master’s Program at the University of Chichester I attended Nevada State College as a student. My creative dissertation focuses on scoring for animation and the use of intertextual reference in media music. At NSC I teach courses in editing, visual effects, sound design, and film music.

My professional career has offered several diverse opportunities including positions with Jenny Wiley Theater, Blue Man Group: Live at the Venetian, and as a creative consultant to numerous scholastic music and fine arts programs across the nation. I successfully transitioned to the film and media industry and have worked both as an independent artist and as a sound and music supervisor for a global distribution company. Some of my favorite projects include pre-production work on Action Mice (2019), the family Christmas film Joy and Hope (2020), and the period drama Maysville (2021).

My personal research interests are intertextuality in the arts, assessment of creative works, and using game engines in the education setting. I have lived here in Henderson since 2005 and love the diversity, excitement, and opportunity here in the Las Vegas valley. My favorite pastime is board gaming and I have been a life long Star Wars fan.

Chad Curtis, Ph.D.

I received by bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Utah. Aiming to teach professionally, I went to graduate school at the University of Washington to get my PhD, also in chemical engineering. I ended up working on a very data-intensive project, which opened a lot of doors in the growing field of data science. I am very excited to join the up-and-coming data science program as an assistant professor here at Nevada State.

My research interests lie at the intersection of medicine, nanotechnology, and data science. I use machine learning to model connections between nanoparticle movement and aspects of the tissue microenvironment to help improve drug delivery outcomes. Despite the niche application, I am enthusiastic about using data science and programming tools across disciplines, whether it be medicine, the environment, or football stats.

Outside of class you can usually find me reading a history book of some sort, playing around with our awesome 3D printer setup on campus, or spending time with my kids in the beautiful outdoors here in Nevada.

Kimberly Florence, Ph.D.

Kimberly Florence is a lecturer on college success and psychology at Nevada State. Born in Southern Nevada, she graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s and doctorate degrees in Higher Education. Dr. Florence worked as a Zoom Reading Tutor at Title I schools in the Clark County School District (CCSD) and as a college success instructor for CCSD, UNLV, and the College of Southern Nevada (CSN). Also, she has worked as a coordinator for diversity and community engagement initiatives at Nevada State.

Research Interests: Her research interests include student learning and development, college success, first-generation students, motivation, self-regulated learning, and the social-cultural and positive psychological influences on college learning outcomes.

Courses taught: ALS 101N College Success, PSY 101 General Psychology, PSY 307 Educational Psychology, PSY 490 Capstone in Psychology