Oct. 22, 2021


Graduate College Dean Kate Hausbeck Korgan, Ph.D., has been assigned a title change to Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate College, effective June 1.

This uncompensated title change clarifies for campus constituents the duties and jurisdiction of Graduate College leadership in all matters of graduate education. The position is similar to that of the vice provost for undergraduate education. 

“Similar to the vice provost for undergraduate education and other vice provosts at UNLV, the Graduate College dean functions across all academic colleges and schools, providing oversight and support for graduate education,” Executive Vice President and Provost Chris Heavey said. “The title change will bring UNLV in line with national best practices that give deans of graduate education a title reflecting their role in academic affairs across the institution.”

As dean of the Graduate College, Korgan has provided service and support to students and faculty, and promoted transformative educational experiences. Korgan also has demonstrated a sustained commitment to student-centered and data-driven best practices for graduate education.

“I am delighted to accept this new title and honored to work with Provost Heavey and his team to continue championing graduate education at UNLV and beyond,” said Korgan. “This change is a reflection of our shared commitment to fostering excellence in graduate education. Our graduate students are engaged in innovative research, scholarship, and creative activities that improve not only their lives and respective fields, but our campus and community at large. I am proud to collaborate with graduate faculty, campus leaders, and Graduate College supporters and team members to deliver top tier graduate education at UNLV and continue to improve the graduate student experience as we promote student success.”

Korgan, who has been dean since 2019, created a Dean’s Leadership Council and multiple advisory boards to ensure strong ties to the community. She has led efforts to advocate for excellence in graduate education regionally and nationally, cultivating a strong graduate community of faculty, staff, and students on campus. She also founded The Grad Academy to provide comprehensive leadership, professional, and career development across the graduate student lifecycle. She has worked to increase diversity, provide outstanding service, foster program excellence, and expand financial resources to support graduate student success.

Korgan had served as interim dean beginning in 2013 when the college became a stand-alone college reporting to the executive vice president and provost. Prior to that, she served as associate dean from 2006 until 2007 when she was appointed senior associate dean. Korgan earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and she joined UNLV in 1995. Korgan is a sociologist and social theorist with diverse methodological skills and expertise in the study of sex, gender, culture, and sexual commerce who has won multiple teaching awards.

Korgan serves on the coordinating board for the Law & Society Association Collaborative Research Network 6 (Sex, Work, Law & Society) and is president of Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 100 (2020-2021). She served as a Western Association of Graduate Schools member-at-large from 2015 to 2016 and was voted in as president-elect in March 2016. Korgan was president of the organization from 2017 to 2018 and served as past-president and western representative to the Council of Graduate Schools Board from 2018 to 2020. Korgan is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools Advancement Advisory Committee (2019-present). Korgan is also a member of the editorial board of the University of Nevada Press.

A recognized expert on issues in graduate education, Korgan has given more than a dozen presentations at regional and national conferences, including the Enrollment Rx conference keynote address in 2018 and three national webinars (2017-2019) on the graduate student lifecourse CRM that the UNLV Graduate College developed and is deploying with Salesforce. Korgan has been an invited speaker at the Salesforce Users Conference (2020) and at Dreamforce (2019). Korgan and colleagues won an NSF-CGS Ph.D. Career Pathways Project grant to study doctoral students and alumni pathways from 2018 to 2020.