University of Nevada, Reno. College of Education Records
Scope and Contents
The College of Education Records primarily includes reports and other publications created by the College of Education from the 1950s-1970s. The collection additionally contains some administrative documents, including minutes and "This and That" weekly missives sent by Dean William Sparkman, and materials on the Dean's Future Scholars Program.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Originally founded as the Normal School in 1888 and later called the School of Education after it separated from the College of Arts and Science in 1954, the College of Education includes programs in the areas of Counseling, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Equity and Diversity, Human Development and Family Studies, Integrated Elementary Teaching, Literacy, NevadaTeach, Secondary Education, and Special Education. It is located in the William J. Raggio building and has previously been housed in the Edmund J. Cain Hall and the Thompson Building.
In 2020, the name of the college was changed to the College of Education and Human Development.
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 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 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 Asuncíon, 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.
4.583 Linear Feet (12 boxes)
Language of Materials
Originally founded as the Normal School in 1888 and later called the School of Education after it separated from the College of Arts and Science in 1954, the College of Education includes programs in the areas of Counseling, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Equity and Diversity, Human Development and Family Studies, Integrated Elementary Teaching, Literacy, NevadaTeach, Secondary Education, and Special Education. The collection contains material created by and related to the College of Education, primarily composed of reports as well as administrative materials and materials on programs and centers, including the Dean's Future Scholars Program.
Arranged into the following series: 1) Administrative; 2) Reports and Publications; 3) College of Education Programs and Centers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by William E. Sparkman in June 2018 and February 2021. Other material collected through campus distribution.
Collection originally titled William E. Sparkman Papers. Renamed to University of Nevada, Reno. College of Education Records in May 2021 to better reflect provenance of materials and to account for other records created by the College of Education.
Additionally, in May 2021, NUB 28 "College of Education" records series merged into AC 0689. Original collection numbers are as follows: NUB 28/01; NUB 28/01/02; NUB 28/01/22; NUB 28/01/23; NUB 28/02/03; NUB 28/02/04; NUB 28/02/05; NUB 28/02/06; NUB 28/02/07; NUB 28/02/08; NUB 28/02/09; NUB 28/02/10; NUB 28/03; NUB 28/04; NUB 28/04/01; NUB 28/07; NUB 28/08; NUB 28/10/01; NUB 28/10/05; NUB 28/10/09; NUB 28/10/10; NUB 28/90/08; NUB 28/90/09; NUB 28/90/10; NUB 28/90/12; NUB 28/91; NUB 28/92; NUB 28/93; NUB 28/94; NUB 28/95; NUB 28/96; NUB 28/97; NUB 28/98; NUB 28/99; NUB 28/101; NUB 28/102; NUB 28/105; NUB 28/106; NUB 28/107; NUB 28/108; NUB 28/110.
- Guide to the University of Nevada, Reno. College of Education Records
- Jessica Maddox
- July 2018
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