Diane Chase

Executive Vice President & Provost
Professor of Anthropology
Expertise: UNLV Top Tier Planning, Anthropology, Archaeology, Maya civilizations


Noted archaeologist Diane Chase joined UNLV in May 2016 as the university's chief academic officer. 

Chase, who brings more than 15 years of administrative experience to the role, works closely with deans and faculty to develop, implement, and promote educational and scholarship goals and provide leadership to ensure excellence in the university’s academic mission. She also oversees academic and budgetary policy and priorities and partners with the university president to implement UNLV’s strategic plan to become a top tier public university in research, education, and community impact.

A prolific scholar and researcher, Chase’s archaeological work on the ancient Maya earned the highest faculty honor at the University of Central Florida, where she previously worked, and led to her election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She remains active in archaeology, publishing articles, presenting at conferences, and conducting fieldwork in the jungles of Belize. Her research, which involves reconstruction of ancient Maya civilization through a combination of fieldwork and new technologies, examines the complex relationships that existed among these ancient people and their environment.


  • Ph.D. in anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

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Diane Chase In The News

Los Angeles Times
December 24, 2018
Marta Meana was sitting down at her desk in her office at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on a recent morning when she opened an email she hadn't been expecting.
KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
December 21, 2018
UNLV is now one of the top research schools in the nation. The university received "R-1" status from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, which is the highest designation that can be achieved.
Science News
September 28, 2018
A laser-shooting eye in the sky has revealed the previously unappreciated size and complexity of ancient Maya civilization, both before and during its presumed heyday, scientists say.
August 6, 2018
Why you should care: Because climate change has been affecting civilizations for a long time.

Articles Featuring Diane Chase

A photo of UNLV archaeologists Diane and Arlen Chase examining items on the floor of a tomb in Caracol, Belize.
ResearchJanuary 31, 2019
UNLV’s Diane and Arlen Chase engage in fieldwork and new technologies to uncover Maya history at Caracol, Belize.
Diane Chase speaking with a group
PeopleAugust 23, 2017
UNLV’s chief academic officer on her first year here and the changes to come.
Andreas Stefik
PeopleJanuary 6, 2017
A compilation of media coverage profiling just a few of the many people of UNLV who made news in 2016.
Ryan Francis presents his group's project
ResearchAugust 9, 2016
The office of undergraduate research helps UNLV students learn, grow, and shine.