Ph.D. in Education: Equity and Diversity in Education

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The Equity and Diversity in Education strand prepares doctoral students with increased knowledge of equity and diversity issues in the field of education and skills in conducting empirical research.

Admission Deadlines

The College of Education has application deadlines for Spring (November 15). Students wishing to apply for a graduate assistantship for Fall semester must apply for the Ph.D. program and the college graduate assistantship by February 1. Applications for Fall will continue to be reviewed up to July 15.

The Equity and Diversity in Education strand prepares doctoral students with increased knowledge of equity and diversity issues in the field of education and skills in conducting empirical research.

Students in this program will develop one or two focused areas of scholarship in a major area of equity and diversity in education, such as:

  • gender
  • global/international/comparative education
  • intercultural/multicultural education
  • race/ethnicity
  • second language acquisition/multilingual education


Jobs that graduates of this program might seek include positions both inside and outside of education, for example, organizational development, human resources, training positions, comparative education, and educational development.

The Equity and Diversity in Education area of emphasis is guided by the general framework found in the Doctoral Program in Education Application Manual. This page will provide you with general information for the Ph.D. along with with specific details unique to this strand.

Program Information

  • Admissions

    Applications at the program level are accepted on an ongoing ("rolling") basis. However, please note that the Graduate School has specific deadlines (November 15 for Spring; July 15 for Fall). If you miss the Graduate School deadline, you may still apply to be a Graduate Special to begin taking coursework for your intended first semester. Materials and criteria for the Equity and Diversity in Education area of emphasis are as follows:

    • Undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
    • Graduate Record Exam score (GRE)
    • Resume or curriculum vitae
    • Statement of Intent that includes a Philosophy of Education
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • One sample of scholarly writing
    • Program application, checklist, and signed disposition form (last 5 pages in the Application Manual)

    To get started on the application process, please contact Dr. Lynda Wiest, program coordinator, at wiest@unr.edu. Your main program application, checklist, and signed disposition form must be scanned and emailed to coe@unr.edu with the subject line "Application Materials for Literacy Studies PhD." You may also print and mail them to:

    College of Education Doctoral Program Coordinator
    Mail Stop 278
    University of Nevada, Reno
    Reno, NV 89557-0278

    All other materials must be sent through the University's application portal. Once you create your account, go back to MyNevada to log in and start your application. You must apply to both the College of Education and to the Graduate School. Please reach out to Dr. Wiest if you have any questions.

  • Program Structure

    This program allows educators and those in related fields to enhance their knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work more effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds. See the program manual above for program requirements that apply to all doctoral students. For additional program requirements, please contact the program coordinator.

  • Tuition, Cost, and Graduate Assistantships

    Please see the University tuition and fee rates for information regarding costs and financial aid. Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis through the College of Education, and applications are accepted through February 1 for fall of that year (September 1 for spring semester). Prospective students who indicate their interest in a graduate assistantship will be interviewed for one of multiple positions within the department following their application.

Program Faculty

Equity, Diversity, and Language Education
Rod Case
Rod Case, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of TESOL
(775) 682-7851
WRB 3110
3461
Equity, Diversity, and Language Education
Lindsay Dorio
Lindsay Dorio, M.A.
Administrative Assistant III, Literacy, Language and Culture
(775) 682-7857
WRB 3067
3461
Equity, Diversity, and Language Education
Fares Karam
Fares Karam, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture
(775) 682-7847
WRB 3071
3461
Equity, Diversity, and Language Education
Eleni Oikonomidoy
Eleni Oikonomidoy, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academics and Undergraduate Programs, Professor of Multicultural Education
(775) 682-7865
WRB 3083
3461
Equity, Diversity, and Language Education
Graham Slater
Graham Slater, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Equity & Diversity in Education
(775) 784-6647
WRB 3085
3461
Equity, Diversity, and Language Education
Amber  Warren
Amber Warren, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, English Language Learners
(775) 682-7835
WRB 3067
3461
Equity, Diversity, and Language Education
Lynda Wiest
Lynda Wiest, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics Education and Educational Equity
(775) 682-7868
WRB 3079
3461