Kathryn Hausbeck Korgan, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate College
Dr. Kate Hausbeck Korgan earned her Sociology Ph.D. in 1997 at the State University of New York at Buffalo, was tenured and promoted 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 of the Graduate College in 2019.
A champion of diversity and equity, excellence and opportunity, and the powerful impact of innovative and interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activity, Dr. Korgan is deeply committed to creative problem-solving, collaboration, and servant leadership. Her mission is to provide outstanding service and support to students and faculty, and promote transformative educational experiences. Kate exemplifies these values in her graduate leadership through a sustained commitment to student-centered and data-driven decision making; encouraging participatory governance; building strong infrastructure 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 throughout the lifecycle; establishing a Dean’s Leadership Council and multiple advisory boards to ensure strong ties to the community; leading efforts to advocate for excellence in graduate education regionally and nationally; cultivating a strong graduate community of faculty, staff, and students on campus; founding the The Graduate Academy to provide comprehensive leadership, professional, and career development throughout the student lifecycle; and increasing financial resources to better support graduate student success.
Dr. Korgan serves in a number of professional leadership roles. She is a longtime member of the editorial board of the University of Nevada Press; serves on the coordinating board for the Law & Society Association Collaborative Research Network 6 (Sex, Work, Law & Society); and is President of Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 100 (2020-2021). Kate 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 2018-2020. Dr. Korgan is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools Advancement Advisory Committee (2019- present).
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 numerous invited presentations, including the Enrollment Rx conference keynote address in 2018, and three national webinars (2017-2019) on the graduate student lifecourse CRM that the UNLV Graduate College has developed and deployed in Salesforce. Kate has been an invited speaker at the Salesforce Users Conference (2020) and at Dreamforce (2019). Dr. Korgan and colleagues won an NSF-CGS Ph.D. Career Pathways Project grant to study doctoral students and alumni pathways from 2018-2020.
As a scholar, Kate is a sociologist and 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: Tourism, Sex, and Sin in the New American Heartland (Routledge, 2010), an examination of America's only system of legalized prostitution: the Nevada brothels. With Dr. Alex Nelson and Antoinette Izzo, M.A., Dr. Korgan is currently studying business strategies and entrepreneurial practices of female online escorts in the United States, and the nexus between neoliberalism and sexualized culture. The research team’s website is EroticEntrepreneurs.com. Dr. Korgan has won multiple teaching awards and loves teaching undergraduate and graduate sociology classes and mentoring her students.
In her free time, Dr. Korgan is an entrepreneur who co-founded and owns a hospitality business. Kate enjoys travel, photography, design, politics, writing and reading, cheering on the UNLV Rebels, entertaining, and relaxing with her family, friends, and pets.