Dr. Nix is the Director of the Institute for Urban Education (IUE), a University of Wisconsin System program housed at UWM that supports pre-service educators seeking residential clinical experience in Milwaukee, creates professional development opportunities for educators, and promotes research on urban education. Dr. Nix’s educational background includes a B.S. in Special Education, a M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, and a Ph.D in Special Education from the University of Kansas. Through her educational career, she received numerous academic awards and honors that facilitated her successes. She has twenty-two years experiences in education and remains committed to the academic and spiritual maturation that has enabled her to become an advocate for children, author, mother, and public speaker.
Her experiences have included a Project Coordinator for the KU iTran Program at the University of Kansas, special education K-12 teaching in rural and urban settings, conducting and facilitating transition planning and services trainings for culturally, linguistically and economically diverse (CLED) families, consulting with educators and parent training and information centers, and presenting numerous research-based presentations. Her research interests include transition planning and services with CLED families, teacher preparation, culturally responsive teaching and religion and disabilities.