Nathan M. Slife

Assistant Professor in Residence, Educational Psychology and Higher Education
Expertise: Values in higher education, Developing educational pathways for underrepresented students


Nathan Slife joined UNLV in 2014 after earning his doctorate in higher education that same year from the university. He also holds a master's degree in college student personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park. Nathan coordinates both the First- and Second-Year Seminar program and the Holmes Scholars Program in the College of Education.

The First- and Second-Year Seminar program introduces students to UNLV’s academic expectations and prepares them to succeed in their chosen major. In this role, Slife has sought to increase the amount of students that are retained each year and ultimately graduate from UNLV. The Holmes Scholars Program provides rich mentoring, peer support, and professional development opportunities for historically underrepresented students pursuing careers in education. In this role, Nathan has sought to address the Clark County School District teacher shortage and build a diverse teacher workforce by developing pathways for high school and college students to pursue careers in teaching.

His research focuses on the values guiding student affairs professionals in higher education. These professionals work with students in areas such as housing and residence life, student activities, and student conduct.


  • Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • M.A., University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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