Kevin J. Graziano

Kevin J. Graziano, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Digital Technologies for Teaching and Learning

Dr. Kevin Graziano received his doctorate in International and Multicultural Education with a minor in Digital Media and Learning from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Graziano is a professor of education at Nevada State College in Henderson, Nevada. His teaching and research interests include teacher education, educational technology, and teaching English as a second language.

Dr. Graziano encourages students to make critical decisions that affect their lives and the world around them, learn leadership responsibilities, become independent and creative, and develop practical skills to analyze and transform systems and problems.

Dr. Graziano received the 2012 Nevada System of Higher Education, Board of Regents' Teaching Award, the 2008 Nevada State College iTeach Economic Development Award, the 2006 Nevada State College iTeach Teaching Excellence Award, the 2006 City of Henderson and Henderson Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Teaching Award, the 2007 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award, and the 2005 American Education Research Association (AERA) Scholar-Activist Award.

In 1997, Dr. Graziano taught English as a Second Language at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2000 and 2003, Dr. Graziano completed two participatory research studies with gay and lesbian youth in South Africa. In 2012, Dr. Graziano was awarded two teacher-training fellowships. The first fellowship was to the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia where he worked with teachers from Indigenous schools in Australia and Papua, Indonesia. The second fellowship was to the Marino Institute of Education (MIE), an associated college of the University of Dublin, Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland where he provided professional development to teacher education faculty from five Catholic universities including, The Church of Ireland College of Education, Mary Immaculate College, St. Patrick's College, Froebel College of Education, and the Marino Institute of Education (The University Dublin, Trinity College).

In 2012, Dr. Graziano received a Fulbright Specialist grant to Sakhnin College in Sakhnin, Israel. As a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Graziano trained Arab, mainly Muslim, faculty and students on participatory action research, educational technology, and photovoice, the use of documentary photography and storytelling, as a research methodology and teaching strategy. Additionally, Dr. Graziano is co-chair of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education's (AACTE) Innovation and Technology Committee and will be come chair of the committee for 2015 (March)-2016.

Dr. Graziano continues to publish journal articles and book chapters on teaching and learning and routinely speaks at regional, national, and international education conferences. His recent publications include, The everyday realities of Palestinian college students living and studying in Israel: A photovoice study in the International Journal of Progressive Education, Co-Teaching in a College Classroom: Collaboration, Compromise, and Creativity in Issues in Teacher Education, Creating Student-Generated Multimedia: Benefits and Challenges for Teacher Education in Excellence in Education Journal, and Working with English Language Learners: Preservice Teachers and Photovoice in the International Journal of Multicultural Education.

Dr. Graziano's work in the classroom and community has been featured in local newspapers and magazines such as the Henderson Home News, El Mundo Newspaper, and Meet the Neighbor in the Las Vegas Zip Code Magazine.

When Dr. Graziano is not teaching, he enjoys traveling, foreign films, writing, spending time with his family on the east coast (Connecticut), swimming, and the outdoors.


Ed.D., International and Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco
M.S., Counseling, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
B.A., Journalism, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Research Areas

Teacher education; educational technology; teaching English as a second language.

Courses Offered
  • Technology and Diverse Learners

Graziano, K. (2014). The everyday realities of Palestinian college students living and studying in Israel: A photovoice study. International Journal of Progressive Education, 10(1) 32-45.

Graziano, K. (2012). Creating Student-Generated Multimedia: Benefits and Challenges for Teacher Education. Excellence in Education Journal, 1(1), 6-28.

Graziano, K., & Navarrete, L. (2012). Co-Teaching in a College Classroom: Collaboration, Compromise, and Creativity. Issues in Teacher Education, 21(1), 109-126.

Graziano, K. (2011). Working with English Language Learners: Preservice Teachers and Photovoice. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 13(1), 1-19.

Graziano, K., & Herren, C, (2009). Students as Researchers: A Photographic Approach to Teaching High School Economics. In E. Litton, & S. Martin (Eds.), >Justice, Care, and Diversity: Addressing the Needs of All Students in Catholic Secondary Schools. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).

Graziano, K. (2008). Walk the talk: Connecting critical pedagogy and practice in teacher education. Teaching Education, 19(2), 153-163.

Graziano, K., & Litton, E. (2007). First Year Teachers and Diversity: Teacher Research through Photography. Issues in Teacher Education, 16(1), 1-13.

Graziano, K. (June 2007). Teachers as Generators of Text: Action Research and Teacher Preparation. In, K. Murtadha, R. Helfenbein, & M. Wineburg (Eds.), Democracy and Civic Engagement: Implications for Teacher Preparation and a National Agenda for Inquiry.  American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

Graziano, K. (2005). Reflections from university students in a South African gay and lesbian society. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, (27)2, 299-310.

Katz, S., Kyuchukov, H., & Graziano, K. (2005). The complexity of language issues in school desegregation: Case studies of Latino students in the United States and Roma students in Bulgaria. In R. Hoosain, & F. Salili (Eds.), Language in Multicultural Education. Greenwich, Connecticut: Information Age Publishing Inc.

Graziano, K. (2004). Coming out on a South African university campus: Adaptations of gay men and lesbians. Society in Transition, 35(2), 273-286.

Graziano, K. (2004). Oppression and resiliency in a post-apartheid South Africa: Unheard voices of black gay men and lesbians. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 10(3), 302-316.