Tonya Walls, PhD

Assistant Professor
Tonya Walls
School of Education
(702) 777-1738

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Tonya Walls joins Touro University Nevada as an assistant professor and emerging scholar in the College of Health and Human Services School of Education. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a Masters of Science in Education with an emphasis in Reading Instruction from California State University, Hayward (now East Bay), a Masters equivalence in Educational Leadership from Mills College, and is currently completing her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Multicultural Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Before joining the TUN faculty, she served as an elementary teacher, secondary teacher, literacy coach, literacy consultant, program coordinator, assistant principal and adjunct faculty, teaching Ethnic Studies for Nevada State College, and Multicultural Education and Reading Methods for California State University East Bay and Holy Names University in California.

Her research areas and interests include teacher preparation, culturally responsive pedagogy, equity and social justice, educational inequality and opportunity, race and education, transformational leadership, educational leadership and policy, school reform, and community-based social justice activism. 

Tonya Walls serves on the University Engagement Council and Faculty Executive Council. She received Congressional Recognition as a Distinguished Educator in 2009, and is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher (NBCT).

  • B.A. in Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.S. Ed. Reading Instruction, California State University, Hayward
  • Educational Leadership, Mills College
  • Teacher Leadership, Southern Utah University
  • Online Teaching, Southern Utah University
  • Cognitive Coaching; Instructional Coaching
  • Postive Behavior Support Training: KAGAN, CHAMPS, TRIBES
  • National Board Certified Teacher, 2005, 2015
  • Elementary Teaching License, NV
  • K-12 School Administration License, NV
  • Reading Specialist License, NV
  • CTE 618 Collaboration for Learning
  • CTE 621 Refining Best Practices for School Success
  • EDU 610 Research Issues in Education
  • EDU 691 Essentials of Measurement Research Project
  • EDU 692/693 Internships in School Administration I and II
  • Teacher preparation
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Equity and social justice
  • Educational inequality and opportunity
  • Race and education
  • Teacher leadership
  • Transformational leadership
  • Educational leadership and policy
  • School reform
  • Community-based social justice activism
  • Congressional Recognition Distinguished Educator Award, 2009
  • National Association of Multicultural Education
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for Supervision of Curriculum Development
  • International Literacy Association
  • The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • National Education Association
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • 2015: Adjunct Faculty, Nevada State College, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2006-2015: School Administrator, Instructional Coach, Teacher, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV
  • 1999-2002: Adjunct Faculty, California State University East Bay, Hayward, CA
  • 1999-2001: Adjunct Faculty, Holy Names College, Oakland, CA
  • 2002: Program Director, Partners In School Innovations, San Francisco, CA
  • 1994-2002 and 2003-2005: Instructional Facilitator, Teacher, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA