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Office of Executive Vice President and Provost News

The Executive Vice President and Provost (EVP&P) serves as the university’s chief academic and budget officer and as the chief executive officer of the university in the absence of the president. It provides leadership to support an interdisciplinary, student-centered culture across the campus especially in the area of retention, progression, and completion.

Current Executive Vice President and Provost News

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Campus News | December 6, 2021

Deadline for faculty and staff to register for the spring UNLV Equity Institute is Dec. 17.

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Research | December 3, 2021

Program helps get undergraduates back into UNLV's labs and centers and working alongside faculty mentors.

Campus News | November 4, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring stargazing and change at UNLV.

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Business and Community | October 28, 2021

UNLV will join nationwide list of eligible higher education institutions for the organization's national scholarship program.

Campus News | October 7, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring collaboration and reflection at UNLV.

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Campus News | October 6, 2021

Rebel Success Scholars grant helps students catch up on tuition before being dropped from their classes.

Executive Vice President and Provost In The News

Vegas Inc
December 6, 2021

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that Kristen Averyt joined his administration as the state’s first senior climate adviser.

The Nevada Independent
November 12, 2021

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a new position in his administration this week: Senior Climate Advisor Kristen Averyt, who was acting as the state’s climate policy coordinator in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, will serve in the position.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak
November 10, 2021

Today, Governor Steve Sisolak announced Dr. Kristen Averyt will be joining his administration as the State’s first Senior Climate Advisor.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
November 9, 2021

Dr. Kristen Averyt, who shared in a 2007 Nobel Prize on climate change and led the Desert Research Institute, will serve as Nevada’s first senior climate advisor.

Las Vegas Sun
October 18, 2021

As the popularity of electric vehicles in Nevada steadily grows, infrastructure in the valley to support drivers is also steadily growing.

El Tiempo
October 12, 2021

People who live in the Southwest know that it has been especially hot and dry the last couple of years, but a new government report shows those conditions are truly historic.

Executive Vice President and Provost Experts

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An expert in psychology, particularly the relationship between inner experience and mental health. 
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Dr. Barbara Atkinson is an accomplished researcher, teacher and administrator in the fields of medicine and medical education. 
An expert on diversity issues, Title IX, and faculty, student and staff development
An expert in climate resilience and sustainability.  

Recent Executive Vice President and Provost Accomplishments

November 5, 2021
Laurel Pritchard and Jeff Orgera (Undergraduate Education and Student Success) were invited panelists for the Education Advisory Board (EAB) CONNECTED21 Conference.  Their presentation, Using Data to Advocate for New Resources and Human Capital, illustrated strategic uses of student success and academic advising data from the Campus Connect...
June 18, 2021
Qingmin Shi (Decision Support), along with Robin Cresiski (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Sandip Thanki and Lori Navarrete (both Nevada State College), recently published an article “Undergraduate Research at a Teaching-Oriented College: Seniors’ Perspectives and Approaches to Consider” in the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and...
June 17, 2021
John "Skip" Crooker, Brent Drake, Celeste Calkins, and Qingmin Shi (all Decision Support) recently presented at the annual Association for Institutional Research Forum. Crooker, Shi, and Drake presented “A Synthetic-Control Method for Estimating the Impact of 15-to-Finish." Crooker, Calkins, and Shi presented “Forward-Looking Model Predicting STEM...
April 8, 2021
Kimberly James, Timothy Jones, Phillip Zawarus, Sean Slattery, Olga Townsend, Genevieve Tremblay, Francisco Menendez, Adam Paul (all Fine Arts), Althea Inns, Ted Weisman (OIT), and Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) contributed to a national online conversation about Envisioning a Post-pandemic Future for Arts and Media Higher Education...
April 5, 2021
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently published a commentary on the gaming news platform CDC Gaming Reports. In it, he traced the depictions of casino gambling in Ozark and Cuphead: Don't Deal with the Devil to a lingering image problem in the casino industry.
March 30, 2021
Jason Avedesian, Warren Forbes, (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Janet S. Dufek (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences and Provost's Office), along with Tracey Covassin of Michigan State University, recently co-authored "Influence of Cognitive Performance on Musculoskeletal Injury Risk: A Systematic Review" in the American Journal of...