College of Education & Human Services
Meet the Dean's Office Staff
Erskine Smith, Dean
As Dean, Erskine oversees the nine departments and four external service centers. 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.
Katrina Daytner, 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 Marketing & Community Relations and COEHS Advising
Dana oversees COEHS marketing, public and alumni relations and recruitment efforts. She provides overall leadership for the COEHS marketing and public relations, with primary emphasis on graphic design and advertising to support academic priorities of the College and University goals and objectives. She works closely with the nine 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 will provide leadership and direction to individuals interested in helping advance the College mission. Dana was recently appointed as the Director of COEHS Advising where she will supervise and assist advisors pursuing human services majors. Prior to her position in COEHS, Dana was an academic advisor for the department of computer science at WIU and an admissions counselor. 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.
Suzanne Woodward, Director of Development
Suzanne is responsible for the overall fundraising and development efforts for the College as well as for University Libraries. Her primary efforts lie in securing major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations that support the academic goals of the College and University. Prior to joining WIU in December of 2014, she served as the Branch Executive Director for the Mt. Sterling Community Center YMCA for 11 years. She received a BS in Psychology from Illinois State University and an MS in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University, '98.
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.