Nathaniel Mays, PhD, is the Dean of Student Life and
Academic Development at Lesley University. Prior to joining Lesley in
the summer of 2004, Dean Mays served in several Student Affairs
positions at Brandeis University: he was Protestant Chaplain from
1989-2002, the Director of the Intercultural Center from 1992-2002, the
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs from 1995-1999, and the Assistant Dean
of Student Life and Coordinator of Diversity Services from 1999-2004.
Dean Mays has a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Bishop College,
Dallas, Texas, a Masters of Divinity and an M.A. in Religious Education
from the Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre,
Massachusetts, and a PhD in Social Foundations of Education from the
University of Connecticut.
Dean Mays’ research employs W.E.B. DuBois’ use of the theory of double
consciousness and Erving Goffman’s work on communication interactions.
Combined, the focus on perception and the meaning that is found in face
to face interactions keep Dean Mays researching matters that deal with
building community on college and university campuses, the impact of
religion on higher education in the U.S., curricular and co-curricular
partnerships, and the meaning of diversity in American higher education.
His dissertation, “Muslim Students at an American University: A
Postmodern Ethnography in the New Millennium,” was on the experience of
Muslim students in American higher education.