Staff Directory

Melissa Bowles-Terry

Associate Director 

Melissa Bowles-Terry
Office: BEH 235B
Mail Code: 1014
Phone: 702-895-2121

Doris Blackwell

Program Officer I

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Office: BEH 240C
Mail Code: 1014
Phone: 702-895-5167

Tanya Tuinei

Student Employee II

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Office: BEH 235
Phone: 702-895-5318


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UNLV's Faculty Center Fellows lend disciplinary expertise in scholarship, teaching, research and career planning to our professional development program. They serve as panelists, consultants, workshop leaders, mentors and coaches. Request a consultation with a Faculty Center Fellow.

Donna Costa, DHS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Program Director and Associate Professor; Occupational Therapy Program

Donna Costa
Donna Costa has been an occupational therapist for 47 years with expertise in the practice areas of mental health and academic education. She is a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Donna has authored three books on fieldwork education – The Essential Guide to Fieldwork Education (2004, 2015) and Clinical Supervision in Occupational Therapy (2007) and has served as an...

Dana Cotham, J.D., CHE

Associate Professor in Residence

Dana Cotham

Dr. Joe Ervin

Assistant Professor in Residence

Joe Ervin
Dr. Joe Ervin is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the Academic Success Center (ASC) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Dr. Joe specializes in helping students navigate their way through college and think about their future. His approach to teaching and education is grounded in his love for philosophy. In particular, Dr. Joe is interested in the philosophy of the first- and...

Karyn E. Holt, Ph.D., RN, CNM

Professor, and Director of Educational Quality & Innovations

Karyn E. Holt, Ph.D., RN, CNM
Karyn Holt joined the UNLV School of Nursing Team in May 2019. She has spent the last 15 years at Drexel University working within the College of Nursing and Health Professions promoting online learning. The Nursing Division of Drexel grew to a high of 53% of total student enrollments during her tenure. Holt has led innovative cutting edge Online Programs, certificates and course initiatives...

Han-fen Hu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator for IS Programs

Han-Fen Hu
Dr. Han-fen Hu is an Associate Professor of MIS in the Department of Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Hu receives her Ph.D. at the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah. Her research interests include electronic commerce, online consumer behavior, and organizational technology strategy. She has papers published in MIS Quarterly;...

Joanna Kepka, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Residence, Political Geography

Joanna Kepka
Dr. Joanna M. Kepka (B.A. Macalester College, Political Science and International Relations; M.A. and Ph.D., Political Geography, University of Oregon) was born and grew up in Poland and studied in France and the United States. She is a cultural-political geographer with regional specialties in Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Kepka’s research interests focus on the dynamics of political...

Brett Caroline Levner, M.F.A.

Associate Professor

Brett Caroline Levner
After graduating with honors from NYU and receiving a Founders’ Day Award, Brett got her start at MTV where she worked her way up from intern to producer while creating episodes of popular shows like True Life, Diary, My Super Sweet Sixteen and Made. While at MTV, she wrote, directed and produced the TV special, “MTV’s Break the Addiction: An Inconvenient Truth,” which...

Kurt Regner

REU Site PI; Professor-in-Residence, School of Life Sciences

Kurt Regner
My professional and scholarly goals include: Teaching excellence Implementing a problem based approach in biology courses Promoting the benefits of undergraduate research fellowships Providing effective training for graduate students Teaching Philosophy I have attempted to introduce a problem based approach in the lower division biology courses using a variety of methods. First, I...

Satish Sharma, Ph.D.

Professor of Social Work

Dr. Satish Sharma is a professor in the Department of Social Work. His studies include research methods and statistics; foundations of social work and welfare; mutlicultural, international, and minority social work practice; social development and community organization; and Gandhian welfare thought.

Nathan Slife, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Residence

Nathan Slife, Ph.D.
Dr. Nathan Slife coordinates the First and Second-Year Seminar Program in the College of Education. He obtained his B.A. in Social Science Studies from UNLV, M.A. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park, and Ph.D. in Higher Education from UNLV. Dr. Slife is passionate about teaching UNLV students and supporting the ongoing development of Graduate Assistant, Part...

Haroon Stephen

Associate Professor

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Dr. Haroon Stephen is Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Haroon Stephen is involved in interdisciplinary research of climate change impact and hydrology with specific emphasis on applications of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) and specific focus on safeguarding and improving urban quality...

A. B. Wilkinson

Associate Professor

A. B. Wilkinson
A.B. (Aaron) Wilkinson is an associate professor of history at UNLV. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, completed the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) at the University of Chicago, and earned his PhD in History at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches courses on Colonial North America, the U.S. Revolutionary Era, and early U.S. History. He also has research...


UNLV's Faculty Center services are made possible through the collaboration and contributions of many offices at UNLV, including:

  • Faculty Senate
  • Graduate College
  • University Libraries
  • Office of Diversity Initiatives
  • Office of Information Technology
  • Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Online Education
  • Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development


Karen Grove, Ph.D.

Professor in Residence

Karen Grove
Office: CEB 342
Mail Code: 3005
Phone: 702-895-5358

Tamara D. Herold

Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator

Office: GUA 5136
Mail Code: 5009
Phone: 702-895-5903
Fax: 702-895-0252

Edwin Nagelhout

Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator

Office: RLL 237
Mail Code: 5011
Phone: 702-895-5073
Fax: 702-895-4801

Jennifer Pharr, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Jennifer Pharr
Office: BHS 517A
Mail Code: 3064
Phone: 702-895-2006

William (Bill) Robinson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
William (Bill) Robinson
Office: BEH 500
Mail Code: 6005
Phone: 702-895-3769
Fax: 702-895-1354

Advisory Group

UNLV Members

  • Elizabeth Barrie, Director, Online Education
  • Mary Croughan, Professor of Public Health
  • Brent Drake, Vice Provost for Decision Support
  • Faculty Senate Representative
  • Maggie Farrell, Dean, UNLV Libraries 
  • Mark Guadagnoli, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Director of Learning & Performance, School of Medicine 
  • Mark Kasselhut, E-Learning Technology Program Manager, Office of Information Technology
  • Emily Lin, Associate Dean, Students, Graduate College and Professor, College of Education
  • Barbee Oakes, Chief Diversity Officer
  • Laurel Pritchard, Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Judy Skelton (Nursing), Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement, School of Dental Medicine
  • Doris Watson, Associate Dean and Professor, College of Education 

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