Barbara Roth named Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Dec. 31, 2018


The UNLV Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is pleased to name Barbara Roth, Ph.D., to the post of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, effective January 1, 2019.

“Dr. Roth’s experience and accomplishments at UNLV, including recognition as the 2018 Outstanding Department Chair/Academic Director, demonstrate she is a talented leader,” Provost Diane Z. Chase said. “Her focus on faculty excellence will be key to moving UNLV forward on our Top Tier mission.”

As Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Roth will oversee resources, services and programs to promote faculty excellence in multiple areas, including teaching, research and service. Programs in Faculty Affairs cover instructional development, mentoring groups and leadership development. The office also collaborates with academic departments, schools, colleges and other administrative offices on campus to advance faculty diversity.

“The goal of Faculty Affairs is to really support faculty on every level, whether they are new, tenure-track or part-time instructors,” Roth said. She added that part of this goal is to improve UNLV’s faculty retention, particularly to foster greater diversity, and “make more of a community for faculty on campus.”

Roth said she also plans to boost collaboration between Faculty Affairs and the Division of Research and Economic Development to help faculty navigate the waters to develop innovations and further their research. Roth said she wants to promote more interdisciplinary work across campus.

Roth joined UNLV in 2002 as an assistant professor of anthropology. She rose through the ranks and served as chair for the Department of Anthropology from August 2012 to June 2018.

Roth has been a long-time archaeologist, leading research that focuses on hunter-gatherer adaptations to arid environments in the Southwest. Prior to UNLV, Roth taught anthropology from 1994 to 2002 at Oregon State University.

Roth earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in anthropology and archaeology respectively from the University of Arizona. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado.