Project SELF

Project SELF (Special Education Leaders of the Future) is a 325D Leadership project, funded by the Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education to address the significant national shortage of leaders in special education teacher education and leadership in policy and advocacy at the district and state levels.

Our project

This project at the College of Education and Human Development is a collaboration between the Special Education program and the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities. SELF will graduate scholars with a Ph.D. in Special Education and Disability Studies who possess essential leadership competencies for conducting research, preparing highly effective teachers, and participating in interdisciplinary service & community engagement.

Our goals

After enrolling our six funded scholars, our goals are to provide all scholars with high quality coursework, high quality internship experiences in research, teaching, and service, provide each scholar with unique mentoring and support to ensure completion of a quality dissertation, and ensure scholars obtain positions in special education leadership roles following degree completion.


NCED Faculty
Lindsay Diamond
Lindsay Diamond, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Special Education
(775) 682-7927
WRB 3085
NCED Faculty
Kathryn Hill
Kathryn Hill
Administrative Assistant III, NCED
(775) 682-9052
WRB 4090
NCED Faculty
Randall Owen
Randall Owen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Special Education, NCED Director
(775) 784-6385
WRB 4102
NCED Faculty
Shanon Taylor
Shanon Taylor, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Special Education
(775) 682-7864
WRB 3081


NCED Scholars
Jessica Keefhaver
Jessica Keefhaver, M.S.Ed.
Program/Academic Coordinator
(775) 682-9074
WRB 4090