Stephen Rock, Ph.D.

Professor of Special Education, NCED Director
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Stephen L. Rock, Ph.D, serves as the director the Nevada University Center for Excellence in Disabilities (NCED) and is a professor of the Special Education in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Dr. Rock specializes in special education, educational research, and program evaluation.  In addition to serving as the NCED Director, he teaches one course each semester in behavior management and educational research.  He received his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois.  Since arriving at UNR in 1990, he has served as Acting Dean for the College of Education, Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Faculty Senate Chair.  In addition, he has been involved in conducting or supervising a variety of externally funded projects from federal, state, and private sources.  Before coming to UNR, Dr. Rock was a researcher and teacher educator at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Illinois State University.  Dr. Rock also taught special education and worked in residential treatment centers for children with behavior disorders in Arizona and Utah.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D, Special Education, University of Illinois
  • M.S., Learning Disabilities & Emotional Handicapped, Utah State University
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Arizona