Danica G. Hays

Dean, College of Education
Professor of Educational Psychology/Counselor Education
Expertise: Educator pathways and workforce development, Multicultural and social justice issues in community mental health and counselor preparation, Leadership development, Research methodology, Program evaluation


Danica G. Hays is professor and dean of the College of Education at UNLV. She has developed innovative academic programs that create diverse educator pathways, including the Paraprofessional Pathways Project. In addition, she has led the expansion of student success and retention-progression-completion initiatives, facilitated faculty affair-related activities, and increased the college's scholarship capacity through new and reactivated research labs and centers.

Hays' research interests include qualitative methodology, assessment and diagnosis, trauma and gender issues, and multicultural and social justice concerns in counselor preparation and community mental health. She has published 13 books and more than 125 journal articles and book chapters in her areas of research expertise.

She has extensive leadership history in the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. The American Counseling Association has recognized Hays nationally for her research and advocacy as a counselor educator.


  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision (emphasis on multicultural research), Georgia State University
  • M.S., Professional Counseling, Georgia State University

Danica G. Hays In The News

Christian Science Monitor
Where’s the best place to look for an aspiring teacher? These days, school leaders are launching talent searches inside their own buildings. In Nevada, districts are increasingly turning to their support staff members – such as bus drivers, substitute teachers, cafeteria workers – as possible recruits.
Foreign Affairs Co
To kickoff Nevada Reading Week, Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03) joined local teachers, teacher candidates, tutors, and education advocates at Elaine Wynn Elementary School to announce her bipartisan Partnering Aspiring Teachers with High-Need Schools (PATHS) to Tutor Act and call on Congress to deliver the resources and support that students, teachers, and future teachers desperately need.
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
On Saturday, the 9th annual Summit at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas brought educators, administrators, and community members, all with a shared goal: addressing the challenges facing education in the state.
The News-Gazette
This is encouraging: Between 2018 and 2022, the number of teachers, assistant principals and paraprofessionals across the Land of Lincoln grew by 7,000, according to a new study by the advocacy group Advance Illinois.

Articles Featuring Danica G. Hays

The Sphere on the Las Vegas Strip.
Campus News | October 2, 2023

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Campus News | September 1, 2022

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Campus News | December 8, 2021

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