Danica Hays named interim dean of the College of Education

Danica Hays, interim dean of the College of Education

Danica Hays, interim dean of the College of Education

Aug. 17, 2020


The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is pleased to announce Danica G. Hays as the interim dean of the College of Education, effective Aug. 17, 2020.

“Dr. Hays is a strong leader who has long been involved in moving the College of Education forward, and has done great work in supporting faculty and students,” Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Chris Heavey said.

Hays steps in for Kim Metcalf, who served as dean since 2013. He announced last week that he would be going on professional development leave then returning to faculty.

Hays, who most recently served as executive associate dean for the College of Education, 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.

“I am deeply honored to be selected as the interim dean for the College of Education,” Hays said. “We have an outstanding faculty and staff; I look forward to working with them to broaden our local and national impact in education and mental health.”

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

Hays 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 (1/e, Guilford Press), Developing Multicultural Counseling Competency: A Systems Approach (3/e, Pearson), and A Counselor's Guide to Career Assessment Instruments (6/e, National Career Development Association). In addition, she is associate and content editor of the American Counseling Association Encyclopedia of Counseling (1/e, ACA), co-author of Mastering the NCE and CPCE (3/e, Pearson), and author of Assessment in Counseling: A Guide to Psychological Assessment Procedures (6/e, ACA).

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.