Robert R. Ulmer

Dean, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs
Expertise: Community renewal, Risk and crisis communication


Robert R. Ulmer is dean of the UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. The college is designed to engage a unique collection interdisciplinary students, faculty, and staff to develop original solutions for producing effective urban communities.

Ulmer’s work on organizational/community renewal informs and predicts why some cities in today’s headlines have struggled to prepare for terrorism and other crises, wrestled to resolve issues of social inequity and race relations, failed to develop useful strategies to support those citizens that are marginalized and disenfranchised, and have been unsuccessful in engaging in meaningful community conversations about how to resolve their unique challenges.

Conversely, his research also illustrates how effective cities can manage conflict well, can develop unique community solutions for their challenges, can be transparent and collaborative in decision making, and can promote inclusivity and engagement throughout urban life.

He has extensive experiences putting these ideas into practice having worked with the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and public and private companies. 


  • BA Sociology, University of Saskatchewan
  • MA Speech Communication, North Dakota State University
  • PhD Communication, Wayne State University

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Las Vegas Weekly
What determines success for Las Vegas events? Super Bowl 58, held at Allegiant Stadium on February 11, achieved all sorts of superlatives, including an estimated 330,000 people visiting for the weekend and an estimated net spending impact between $500 million and $800 million. Gamblers in Nevada wagered a record $185.6 million on the game, up 21% from the previous year, and Harry Reid International Airport screened on all-time single-day record of 104,000 passengers the Monday after the game. And Las Vegas’ first Super Bowl was the most watched TV program of all time, averaging 123.4 million viewers across all platforms and elevating the tourist destination’s already impressive global awareness.
Travel Weekly
Developing ways to enhance the security and well-being of Nevada's visitors will be the emphasis of the new Tourist Safety Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
K.V.V.U. T.V. Fox 5
UNLV tourist safety institute is focused on ensuring a positive experience with visitors to the valley by turning event safety into a science.
K.N.P.R. News
Welcome to UNLV. Today is the first of our four live shows from campus and Greenspun Hall during this, the university’s Homecoming Week.

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

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