Pat Hawthorne joined the UNLV University Libraries as Associate Dean for Research & Education in October 2015. She leads the Libraries division of 40 staff and library faculty, including: the Library Liaisons Program, Educational Initiatives, New Media, User Services, and the three branch libraries, all of which focus on the university’s educational, research, service, and community engagement goals.
Pat was attracted to the associate dean role for three primary reasons -- the caliber of the library faculty and staff, the focus on student learning, and the growing emphasis on research. "I visited UNLV in the fall of 2013 to attend a workshop here, and was very impressed with the work of the University Libraries faculty and staff. Collaboration and creativity were very evident, and the dedication was inspiring. When I saw this position posted, I found myself really excited about the opportunity to join such a talented group of colleagues and to work at an urban university that is clearly thriving and striving to reach that next level," Pat shared.
During her 27-year career, Pat has served in senior leadership positions at the University of Oklahoma, Emory University, Texas State University, UCLA, and the University of Miami. Prior to working in libraries, she was a journalist and public relations specialist.
Pat holds an MA in Adult & Higher Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio, an MSLS from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and a BA in English & Journalism from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette. She also earned a certification in human resources management from the University of Miami, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Now that Pat has been in her position for a few months, she knows she made the right decision joining the Libraries, “It feels like home and I am excited to be a part of UNLV. I am a first-generation college graduate, and getting a college degree changed my life. I feel so fortunate to work in a university that is focused on providing opportunities for this generation of students and future generations," Pat said.