Kathryn Hausbeck Korgan, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate College
Dr. Kathryn Hausbeck Korgan earned her Ph.D. in 1997 at the State University of New York at Buffalo, was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in the UNLV Department of Sociology in 2002, and served as Associate Dean of the Graduate College from 2006 until 2007 when she was appointed Senior Associate Dean. In 2013, Dr. Korgan was asked to serve as Interim Dean when the Graduate College was moved to a stand-alone College reporting to the Executive Vice President & Provost, after which she became Dean in 2019.
A champion of diversity and equity, excellence and opportunity, and the powerful impact of innovative research, scholarship and creative activity, Dr. Korgan is deeply committed to graduate students, faculty, and the prospect of outstanding and transformative graduate education. She exemplifies these values in her graduate leadership through a sustained commitment to student-centered and data-driven decision making; encouraging participatory governance; building strong infrastructures to support graduate faculty; stimulating strategic growth and overall program excellence; implementing electronic/online systems to increase efficacy, efficiency, access to data, streamlined communications, and student success; establishing a Dean’s Leadership Council and strong ties to the community; leading efforts to advocate for graduate education; cultivating a strong graduate community of faculty, staff, and students on campus; founding the Professional Development Academy to provide comprehensive student lifecycle professional and career development; and increasing financial resources to better support graduate student success. In 2018, Dr. Korgan and colleagues won an NSF-CGS Ph.D. Career Pathways Project grant to study doctoral students and alumni pathways.
Dr. Korgan served as a Western Association of Graduate Schools Member-at-Large in 2015-2016 and was voted in as President-elect in March 2016. After serving as President of the organization in 2017-2018, Dr. Korgan served as Past-President and Western representative to the Council of Graduate Schools Board in 2018-2019. A recognized expert on issues in graduate education, Dr. Korgan has given more than a dozen presentations at regional and national conferences, as well as the Enrollment Rx keynote address in 2018 and three nationally subscribed webinars on the graduate student lifecourse CRM that the UNLV Graduate College has developed and deployed.
As a scholar, Dr. Korgan is a social theorist with diverse methodological skills and expertise in the study of sex, gender, culture and sexual commerce. Together with Dr. Barb Brents and Dr. Crystal Jackson, Dr. Korgan co-authored The State of Sex (Routledge, 2009), an examination of America's only system of legalized prostitution: the Nevada brothels. Dr. Korgan is currently studying business strategies and practices of female online escorts in the United States, and the nexus between neoliberalism and sexualized culture. Dr. Korgan has won multiple teaching awards and loves teaching both undergraduate and graduate sociology classes and mentoring students.