Nevada State College Chapter
President -- Dr. Leila Pazargadi
Dr. Pazargadi is Associate Professor of English at Nevada State College, currently teaching composition, postcolonial literature, life writing, ethnic American literature, and Middle Eastern literature courses. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Comparative Literature with a certification in Gender Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012. In 2014, she had the honor of receiving NSC’s iTeach Heritage Award and Occidental College’s Erica J. Murray Young Alumni of the Year award for co-founding the Nepantla Summer Bridge Program, which is dedicated to supporting first-generation college students. For her teaching strategies and endeavors at Nevada State College, she was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award in 2018. She has been a passionate supporter and leader of union-related activities since 2012, serving as: NFA Vice President of Membership from 2013-2017,Member-at-Large for the American Association of University Professors from 2014-2016, and NFA President from 2017-2019.
Secretary -- Ms. Tiffany Garrett, Assistant Director of the Library
Ms. Garrett joined NFA when she came to Nevada State, about six years ago. As a newly tenured academic faculty member she is interested in any opportunities to take a more active role in faculty advocacy. In her position as Assistant Director of the Library she has had the opportunity to work with faculty, staff, and administrators across the institution. Some of her roles have included co-leading the No-Cost Textbook Summer Institute, representing the library on Faculty Senate, chairing the Library Advisory Board, and serving on the current Core Curriculum Revision Committee.
Vice President of Membership -- Dr. David Kelsey
Dr. Kelsey is co-founder of the Deaf Studies Program and lecturer of Deaf Studies. He has been with Nevada State College for more than 14 years. Outside of NSC, Dr. Kelsey was a president of the board at Deaf Centers for Nevada for two years. His work recruiting support to enhance the Deaf Studies Program and make it a major on campus has instilled in him the qualities necessary for good organization and recruitment of the necessary people to make dreams a reality. Starting as a liaison with the Deaf community and working with the board of Deaf Centers of Nevada, he worked closely with the administration, students, and the community to foster support for the Deaf program at NSC.
It was here that his talents as an organizer emerged as he expressed ideas and concerns with those who could help make possible a degree program of study at NSC, including college administration and state individuals. As faculty sponsor of the Deaf club here at NSC, he has increased participation and continuously recruited individuals to declare Deaf Studies their chosen major. These endeavors have strengthened his skills and make his selection as a candidate for Vice President of Organizing and Membership a worthwhile choice.