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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 | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

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People | June 24, 2021

UNLV's Kim Schjang joins top female IT professionals to construct the world’s fastest volunteer-built network for the SC21 supercomputing conference.

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People | June 22, 2021

Lang was a powerful advocate for UNLV and the role of higher education in helping Southern Nevada thrive.

Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

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People | May 26, 2021

Shellie Brattain-Mazzella suggests women join campus committees to learn more about UNLV.

Executive Vice President and Provost In The News

July 19, 2021

Sometime next month, for the first time, the federal government is likely to declare a water shortage at Lake Mead.

NBC News
July 15, 2021

2 million people are under red flag warnings across California, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Oregon, where the Bootleg Fire is the first official “megafire” of 2021.

July 14, 2021

Extreme heat and drought conditions have fueled wildfires across the West, with dozens actively burning in the region.

NACADA Region 9
June 30, 2021

I fell in love with academic advising by creating class schedules for my friends. I would look up their degree requirements in the catalog to help them fill out the degree sheet.

The Nevada Independent
June 24, 2021

In reality, heat is not static and it is not distributed equally in a city. Certain neighborhoods in Las Vegas and Reno experience heat more intensely than other areas due, in part, to how cities developed and the so-called urban heat island effect.

The Nevada Independent
June 23, 2021

Climate change is making hot summer days more common and more pronounced. The way we experience hot summer days goes beyond any one number.

Executive Vice President and Provost Experts

An expert on bankruptcy and business ethics, Rapoport authored a book on the Enron scandal.
An expert in psychology, particularly the relationship between inner experience and mental health. 
An anthropologist and expert on hunter-gatherer adaptations in American Southwest to arid environments, and the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture
An expert in climate resilience and sustainability.  
An expert on diversity issues, Title IX, and faculty, student and staff development
Dr. Barbara Atkinson is an accomplished researcher, teacher and administrator in the fields of medicine and medical education. 

Recent Executive Vice President and Provost Accomplishments

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...
March 26, 2021
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently published a commentary on the CDC Gaming Reports platform detailing the significance of the 61st anniversary of the Moulin Rouge Agreement, the March 26, 1960, pact that symbolized the end of sanctioned segregation in Las Vegas casinos.