Danica Hays named College of Education Dean

May. 20, 2021


The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is pleased to announce Danica G. Hays as dean of the College of Education, effective July 1, 2021.

“Dr. Hays has been a steady leader for the College of Education, supporting faculty and students through the unprecedented pandemic and continually charting a course to position UNLV as a leader in best practices for all levels of education,” Executive Vice President and Provost Chris Heavey said.

Hays has served as interim dean since August 2020, following the departure of Kim Metcalf from the post.

“I am honored to be selected as the next dean of the College of Education,” Hays said.  “I look forward to continuing the work of our faculty, staff, students, and community partners steeped in values of equity, inclusion, and diversity.”

Hays said the college is focused on building and sustaining a diverse educator workforce, increasing access to high-quality educational and mental health supports, improving access to high-quality early childhood education, and advancing the conversation for educational practice and policy.

Hays previously served as executive associate dean for the College of Education. In that role, 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.