William E. Sparkman Papers

Identifier: AC 0689


William E. Sparkman was a professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) from 1998-2018 and Dean of the College of Education from 1998-2010. He retired from UNR in June 2018. Collection contains printouts of weekly email missives written while he was Dean of the College of Education.


  • 1999-2010

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Biographical Note

William E. Sparkman was a professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) from 1998-2018. He taught graduate courses in several areas of education law, including public schools, special education, higher education, and sports law. His research expertise focused on issues at the intersection of school finance and the law including the constitutional theories of school finance litigation. Most recently, he reframed his research interests to include more emphasis on emerging legal issues in higher education. Sparkman served as a consultant to local school boards and to various branches of state government. He holds the following degrees from the University of Florida including a B.A. (History), M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration. He also holds lifetime professional certificates from Texas in the areas of secondary social studies, mid-management administration, supervision, and the school superintendent. Just prior to retirement, he served on the Board of Directors of WestEd and was a member of WestEd's Management Committee.

Sparkman began his teaching career at the American School of AsuncĂ­on, Paraguay, followed by several years at Williston High School in Levy County, Florida. He was on the faculty at Kansas State University and was a faculty member and academic administrator at Texas Tech University. He served as Dean of the UNR College of Education from 1998-2010.

Sparkman retired from UNR in June 2018.


0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by William E. Sparkman in June 2018.
Guide to the William E. Sparkman Papers
Jessica Maddox
July 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

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