Eric Chronister Named Dean of College of Sciences
The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is pleased to announce that Eric Chronister has accepted UNLV’s offer to become the next dean of the College of Sciences, effective July 1. We extend our sincere thanks to Stan Smith for his leadership as acting dean of the college for the past year during the national search.
Chronister is a professor and former chair of chemistry at UC Riverside. He has been with UC Riverside for 30 years, including nine years as chair of a rising chemistry department where he was also a noted researcher and educator. During his time as chemistry chair at UC Riverside, the faculty increased significantly, graduate and undergraduate enrollments grew, and grant awards to the department nearly doubled.
A chemist and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Chronister’s research spans chemistry, physics and materials science with a focus on how materials behave at the molecular level under extreme conditions. His other research interests include biophysics, the development of new materials for chemical sensing, and investigation of mechano-chemical systems such as nanomachines.
Throughout his career, Chronister has been a strong supporter of the role and importance of undergraduate advising and research. In addition to serving nine years as undergraduate advisor in his department, he developed research and tech-intensive courses and participated in research internship programs for underrepresented students. In 1997, he was awarded the university’s Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Research for his mentorship.
Chronister earned a Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Illinois. He conducted postdoctoral work at UCLA, where he also received his undergraduate degrees in chemistry and general physics.
“I am honored to lead the College of Sciences at this exciting time. The college is integral to UNLV’s rise as a Top Tier research institution, and I look forward to working closely with our faculty and leadership from other colleges and schools to explore new areas for growth and collaboration. Research and student success go hand in hand, and I believe UNLV is poised to define what it means to be a top public research institution that serves a diverse and dynamic community.” – Eric Chronister