College of Education & Human Services
Meet the Dean's Office Staff
Erskine Smith, Interim Dean
Erskine’s primary responsibilities are in the areas of budget, personnel, enrollment management, contract implementation and facilities. Prior to joining the Dean’s Office, Smith served as department chair of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising, and Hospitality since 2004. Before coming to WIU, Smith served as chair and associate professor of family and consumer sciences at the University of Mississippi, associate director of the division of applied research of the National Food Service Management Institute and an assistant professor of food service management at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has also served as the director of the School of Home Economics at Southern Mississippi and as an administrative intern in the Office of the Chancellor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Smith has also worked as a clinical dietitian in the private sector. He received his bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Smith also holds a certificate from The Miami Valley Hospital Dietetic Internship Program.
Dale Adkins, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Dale provides leadership to academic programs and to faculty/student research initiatives as well as coordinating program approval/review/accreditation of all non-teacher education programs. He came to Western in 1992, after serving as assistant professor in the department of physical education and recreation at Western Kentucky University. Prior to that, he was a visiting lecturer and associate instructor at Indiana University. He also served as a manager for Sherwood Youth Camp (Dahinda, IL) in 1998, 1999 and 2000; was the co-recreation director for the Illinois Youth on Campus Summer Program at WIU (1994-96); and as a program specialist for special populations for Indiana University's Bradford Woods, an outdoor education, recreation and camping center. He is a member of the National Recreation and Park Association; the Society of Park and Recreation Educators, for which he served as president (07-08); the American Park and Recreation Society; and the American Camp Association. Dale received his Re.D. from Indiana University (Bloomington), his master's degree in recreation and park administration from the Eastern Kentucky University and his bachelor's degree in sociology and recreation from Morehead State University. He also holds a master's degree in Christian education from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville (KY)
Katrina Daytner, Interim Associate Dean for Administration
Katrina’s primary responsibilities are in the areas of budget, personnel, enrollment management, contract implementation and facilities. Daytner joined Western's faculty in 2001 as an assistant professor in the educational and interdisciplinary studies department, with primary teaching responsibilities in the area of educational psychology, methods research and clinical observations in human growth and development. She was promoted to full professor in 2013. From 2006 until 2014, Daytner also served as the faculty associate for Western’s First Year Experience (FYE) program. In that role, she was responsible for co-chairing the Foundations of Excellence Self Study, the FYE Leadership Committee, the FYE Review Committee and the Committee on FYE Classes. Prior to coming to Western, Daytner served as a project coordinator and an instructor (1999-2001) at Ball State University; as an adjunct instructor (1997-98) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); and as an associate instructor (1994-96) at Indiana University. Daytner earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology at Indiana University (2003); her master's degree in developmental psychology at Illinois State University (1995); and her bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (1992).
Dana Moon, Director of Development, Marketing and Community Relations
Dana oversees COEHS development, marketing, public and alumni relations and recruitment efforts. She provides overall leadership for the COEHS fundraising program, with primary emphasis on securing major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations to support academic priorities of the College and University goals and objectives. She works closely with the 12 academic units within the college to recruit and retain a diverse and well-qualified student base, assist with constituent relations and promote COEHS achievements. She and the assistant director of development, marketing and community relations will provide leadership and direction to individuals interested in helping advance the College mission. Prior to her position in COEHS, Dana was an academic advisor for the department of computer science at WIU. She earned her bachelor degree in Business and M.B.A from Western.
Dawn Sweet, Instructional Development Services Manager
Dawn is responsible for technology planning, support, and integration within the college. She works closely with all COEHS academic units and centers, and serves as our liaison to University Technology to ensure that all technology infrastructure and support systems within the college meet necessary university-wide standards. Additionally, she manages Instructional Development Services and coordinates the Faculty Innovators Program. Prior to this position she served as the Interactive Multimedia Lab manager for the Center for the Application of Information Technologies. Dawn received her bachelor degree in Instructional Technology and Telecommunications and M.S.Ed. in Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies from Western.
Jason Eveland, Assistant Director of Development, Marketing and Community Relations
Jason oversees COEHS marketing and public relations. He has direct responsibility for coordination of publications and promotional efforts for the college. He assists with constituent relations and promotes COEHS achievements. Along with coordination of major college events, Jason serves as liaison to Alumni Programs, assists with the college's development efforts and works closely with the COEHS director of development, marketing and community relations to promote COEHS and its many initiatives. Jason is responsible for providing web support and web maintenance for the college. He works closely with the 12 academic units within the college to assist, maintain, and support all aspects of their websites. Jason earned his bachelor degree in Business with a minor in Computer Science and M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology from Western.
Amy Hodges, Office Support
When you call the office, Amy will most likely help you. If someone needs to reserve a room in Horrabin or needs a videoconferencing room for a meeting, Amy is the person to call. Amy also works with the ACE sheets, summer budget and courses, schedules appointments for the office staff, sends out the Dean's List certificates, supervises the student assistants, provides support to the teacher education assessment coordinator and associate dean of teacher education, and much more.
Merrie Jean Parry, Budgets and Contracts
Merrie Jean’s responsibilities include maintaining the general revenue budget and assisting departments with personnel budgets, preparing offering letters, supervising the inventory database and assisting with design of marketing publication. She works one-on-one with the Associate Dean to keep the College funds in order. Merrie Jean is very talented and knowledgeable on many computer software programs.
Nancy Still, Dean's Secretary
Nancy has been at WIU and in the Dean's office since 1997. She became the Dean's secretary in 2004. Nancy is responsible for maintaining the Dean's calendar and correspondence and manages the office. She makes travel arrangements for the Dean's office staff and also maintains the personnel records for the College. She is also a Notary Public.