Dr. Neal Nghia Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Exceptional Student Education at Florida Atlantic University. He has taught at several universities and public schools in Utah, Missouri, Nevada, and Florida.

In 2007, Dr. Nguyen was awarded “Teacher of the Year” at Thacker Elementary School of Osceola County School District, Kissimmee, Florida. In 2015, he has received the “College of Education Faculty Professional Growth Award” and he has also served as an Honors Faculty for the Jane Stephens Honors College at his previous institution in Missouri.

His research interests include early childhood education and development, early literacy skills acquisition, neuroscience and early learning, compassion science, and effective instructional and collaborative practices.


  • Ph.D., Early Childhood Education/Special Education
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • M.S., Early Childhood Education/Special Education
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • B.S., Early Childhood Education
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Nguyen has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in typical and atypical child development, special education, early literacy, designing & implementing a blended curriculum for all young children, positive behavioral support interventions, teacher-parent collaborative practices, and assessment for all young children. Dr. Nguyen has been teaching classes at both campuses in Boca Raton and Davie since 2016.

Dr. Nguyen has published in peer-reviewed journals. Publications from his research interests have appeared in journals such as The Reading Teacher, The Reading Professor, Young Children, The Educational Forum, Teaching Exceptional Children, Kappa Delta Pi Record, & Early Child Development and Care.

He has presented on a variety of topics regarding early childhood education, compassion science, effective instructional and collaborative practices, and reading skills of young children at national, state, and local conferences over the past decade. Additionally, he has been collaborating with local public schools, principals, and reading specialists in southern Florida to assist young children with or without special needs to enhance their reading abilities.

Dr. Nguyen has been a member of several professional organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), International Literacy Association (ILA), Professors of Literacy and Teacher Education (PLTE), and the Division for Early Childhood (DEC). Dr. Nguyen has also been serving as consulting editor and manuscript/book reviewer for a few peer-reviewed organizations and/or journals.

His interests include reading, writing, jogging, and sightseeing. He particularly has interests in human and educational rights, educational laws for teacher educators, public school teachers, families, and young children. He also enjoys the annual road trips with his wife and daughter and classical music.

Dr. Nguyen has also been a published Vietnamese poet, a freelance writer, and a member of the Vietnamese Writers Abroad Pen Centre from 1997-2010 (an affiliate of P.E.N. International). He used to write poetry, short stories, and political commentaries for several Vietnamese literary journals in the U.S. and Canada. His first book (poem collections) was published in Vietnamese in 1997. He has also co-authored several Vietnamese books on political commentaries and poetry collections with other established Vietnamese writers and poets abroad from 2003-2008.

Nghia (Neal) Nguyen

Dr. Nghia (Neal) Nguyen

Associate Professor, Exceptional Student Education
Department of Exceptional Student Education

Office Phone: 954-236-1288
Office Location: ES BC52 - 218
Campus: Davie