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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

Robert R. Ulmer In The News

Oct 1, 2018

“BAD THINGS are going to happen. It’s how you respond to them that shows your true sense of community... and this community is strong.” — Aaron Rouse, FBI Special Agent In Charge, Las Vegas, Nev.

Oct 4, 2017

Between a Facebook post Saturday morning promoting its resort and a post around 3 a.m. Monday expressing condolences and information about a lockdown, there was nothing on Mandalay Bay’s account.

Jun 8, 2017

According to the proposal approved by the Nevada Board of Regents in early March, the priorities at a new think tank sponsored by MGM in partnership with UNLV, cochaired by Harry Reid and John Boehner, no less, could include “sustainability, workforce development, technology and innovation, and security and resilience.”

Apr 10, 2017

UNLV has named Kevin Stoker as the new director for the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies, effective July 1. Stoker previously served as senior associate dean of the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University. His research interests include media ethics, the evolution of journalism and creative approaches to public relations. His professional background includes work as a print reporter and freelance writer.

Articles Featuring Robert R. Ulmer

hands holding cardboard cutout of house
Nov 9, 2017
Business and Community

College of Urban Affairs partners with community groups to stop Southern Nevada crisis.

Oct 9, 2017
Campus News

Students, faculty, and graduates quickly gather unique accounts of the Las Vegas Strip shooting.

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