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Kathryn Hausbeck Korgan, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of the Graduate College


Dr. Kate Hausbeck Korgan came to UNLV in 1995, is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Sociology, and over the years she has been affiliated with the Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies, and Asian Studies programs. Kate is a social theorist with diverse methodological skills and expertise; her broad research and teaching specializations are sex/gender studies, translational science studies, and visual/cultural studies.

As a co-founder of the Sex and Body Industry Research Project (The SABIR Project) with colleague and co-author, Dr. Barbara Brents, Dr. Korgan works on theoretical, policy, and scholarly issues related to global sexual commerce. Together with Brents and Dr. Crystal Jackson, Korgan published The State of Sex (Routledge, 2009) about America's only system of legalized prostitution: the Nevada brothels. Kate is currently researching business strategies and practices among female online escorts in the United States. Continuing her work on culture and identity, Dr. Korgan’s new research is in translational science studies, specifically as related to the socio-cultural impact of genomics and personalized medicine, and the translation and communication of health information to diverse populations. She is affiliated with the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine at UNLV.

Dr. Korgan joined the Graduate College in 2006 as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She was promoted to the Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate College in 2007, and served in that role until 2013 when she was appointed Interim Dean of the Graduate College. During her tenure in the Graduate College, Kate has successfully practiced change management in numerous ways. She has assisted in the development or reorganization of more than two dozen certificate, masters, doctoral, and dual programs. Dr. Korgan helped lead the unit through severe budget cuts, loss of staff, and a diminished unit mission, back to a vibrant, autonomous Graduate College. Kate was responsible for planning and spearheading the transition from all paper to primarily electronic processes and data management in the College, by designing and implementing online archives and dynamic e-storage, facilitating the College’s transition to the new NSHE PeopleSoft student information system, and guiding the creation and implementation of online electronic applications for graduate admission, GAs, and scholarship/fellowships utilized by prospects, students, staff, and faculty. During her tenure in the Graduate College, Dr. Korgan has increased efficiency, decreased processing times, improved customer service, initiated central graduate recruitment efforts, encouraged strategic decision making based on GEM (graduate enrollment management) and expanded support for GAs, the GPSA, the Graduate Council, and graduate faculty. Kate also created a College unit, the Grad Rebel Success Center, dedicated to graduate student services, non-academic advisement, and professional development. 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.