About the Dean

Dr. Danica G. Hays serves as the Dean of the UNLV College of Education. In her roles as interim dean and executive associate dean for the College of Education, she led the expansion of student success and retention-progression-completion initiatives, facilitated faculty affairs-related activities, and increased the college’s scholarship capacity through new and reactivated research labs and centers.

Hays joined UNLV in 2015 as a professor and executive associate dean.

She earned her doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision, with an emphasis in multicultural research, from Georgia State University. She has published about 125 journal articles and book chapters in her areas of research expertise, which include research methodology and program evaluation, leadership development, domestic violence prevention, assessment and diagnosis, and multicultural and social justice issues in community mental health and counselor preparation.

Hays is co-editor of Qualitative Inquiry in Clinical and Educational Settings, Developing Multicultural Counseling Competency: A Systems Approach, and A Counselor's Guide to Career Assessment Instruments. In addition, she is associate and content editor of the American Counseling Association Encyclopedia of Counseling, co-author of Mastering the NCE and CPCE, and author of Assessment in Counseling: A Guide to Psychological Assessment Procedures.

She has extensive leadership history in the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), including serving as AARC President, ACES journal editor for Counselor Education and Supervision, and president of an ACES region.

The American Counseling Association has recognized her nationally as an ACA Fellow, as well as presented her awards for her research and advocacy as a counselor educator.

Dean's Office

Danica G. Hays, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Education
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Office: CEB 301
Mail Code: 3001
Phone: 702-895-3890

Jeffrey C. Shih, Ph.D.

Professor, Associate Dean of Student and Community Engagement (ADSCE)
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Office: CEB 301
Mail Code: 3005
Phone: 702-895-5340

Jonathan Hilpert, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Research and Sponsored Projects
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Office: CEB 399
Mail Code: 3003
Phone: 702-895-4949

Iesha Jackson, Ed.D

Associate Professor, Interim Associate Dean for Faculty and Inclusive Excellence
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Office: CEB 301
Mail Code: 3005
Phone: 702-895-2466

Kenneth J. Varner (Kenny), Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives
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Office: CEB 301
Mail Code: 3005
Phone: 702-895-3860

Mark Carroll

Director of Assessment and College Effectiveness
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Office: CEB 301
Mail Code: 3001
Phone: 702-895-2871

Sebern Coleman

Director of Educator Preparation
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Office: CEB
Mail Code: 3048
Phone: 702-895-0432

Young Bok Kim

Director of Information Technology
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Office: CEB 301
Mail Code: 3001
Phone: 702-895-3762

Lauren Layton

Director of Student Success  
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Office: CEB 118
Mail Code: 3038
Phone: 702-895-1537

Jose Navarro

Administrative Assistant 4
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Office: CEB 301
Mail Code: 3001
Phone: 702-895-3375

Nancy Weaver, M.A., APR

Communications Director
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Office: CEB 301
Mail Code: 3001
Phone: 702-895-3607

Morgan Jackson

Program Manager
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Office: CEB 234

Mary Mostoller, M.Ed.

Business Manager
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Office: CEB 301
Mail Code: 3001
Phone: 702-895-3690

Jenn Oshiro Rivers M.Ed. ('05, '08)

Alumni Engagement and Events Manager
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Mail Code: 3001
Phone: 702-895-4511

Josie Boyle

Assistant Business Manager
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Office: CEB 301
Mail Code: 3001
Phone: 702-895-3375

Kia Cummings, M.A.

College of Education Communications, Technical Content Writer
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Office: CEB 301

Mark Estrada

Communications and Social Media Intern
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Office: CEB 301
Phone: 702-895-4683

Department Chairs

Joseph Morgan, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Associate Professor
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Office: CEB 143
Mail Code: 3014
Phone: 702-895-3329

Steven (Steve) L. Nelson, J.D, Ph.D

Department Chair, Associate Professor
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Office: CEB 320
Mail Code: 3003
Phone: 702-895-3245

P.G. Schrader, Ph.D.

Department Chair & Professor
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Office: CEB 354
Mail Code: 3005
Phone: 702-895-3331

Christopher Wood, Ph.D.

Department Chair & Associate Professor; Counseling Core Faculty
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Office: CEB 221
Mail Code: 3008
Phone: 702-895-2948