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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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Research | May 10, 2022

Confronted in our desert backyard by the inescapable effects of a deteriorating environment, these UNLV researchers, professors, and activists are fighting to mitigate the effects of climate change on scientific, legal, and sociological fronts.

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Campus News | April 6, 2022

Karen Violanti and her team work to give first-year students support and confidence as they transition to college.

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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Campus News | February 10, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

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Campus News | February 7, 2022

Join the 2022 Best Teaching Practices Expo panel discussions on Feb. 10.

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Campus News | January 25, 2022

Communication coaches help students spot their presentation tics and gain confidence in their abilities.

Executive Vice President and Provost In The News

AV Network
May 23, 2022

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas added another flavor of classrooms to its classroom ecosystem.

Las Vegas Sun
May 9, 2022

When UNLV senior Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio looked out the window of her Airbnb in Irvine, Calif., she saw flames rising in the nearby mountains and scorch marks on the ground. A wildfire was approaching the apartment, where she had moved from Las Vegas during the pandemic to be closer to family.

Las Vegas Sun
May 9, 2022

When UNLV senior Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio looked out the window of her Airbnb in Irvine, Calif., she saw flames rising in the nearby mountains and scorch marks on the ground. A wildfire was approaching the apartment, where she had moved from Las Vegas during the pandemic to be closer to family.

Las Vegas Sun
May 9, 2022

When UNLV senior Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio looked out the window of her Airbnb in Irvine, Calif., she saw flames rising in the nearby mountains and scorch marks on the ground. A wildfire was approaching the apartment, where she had moved from Las Vegas during the pandemic to be closer to family.

PBS
March 21, 2022

A new United Nations report paints a grim picture of what could happen if the world doesn’t address climate change very soon. We’ll look at what that means for Southern Nevada. Plus, Nevada’s water supply depends on snowpack in the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevadas. This year’s snowpack is not looking great. What does that mean for the drought? 

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 25, 2022

Rep. Susie Lee on Friday touted a provision of the infrastructure law passed last year that will bring millions of dollars worth of electric vehicle charging stations to Nevada.

Executive Vice President and Provost Experts

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

Recent Executive Vice President and Provost Accomplishments

April 8, 2022
Levent Atici (Anthropology and Undergraduate Research) is elected to be a national councilor in the Undergraduate Research Programs Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) which aims to support and promote high-quality, mentored undergraduate research through the active involvement of its members. CUR division councilors share in…
March 22, 2022
Tiffany Schmier (Academic Success Center Advising Center) and Nicole Stella (Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education) recently presented at the 2022 Region 9 NACADA Conference in Orange, California. Their presentation was titled "Identity Theory 101: Using Identity Theory to Support Students." They provided an overview of pertinent…
March 7, 2022
Kristin Steffen (Faculty Affairs) was recently accepted as one of approximately 60 LEAD Fellows from across the nation into the 2022-2023 national Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program through the Association of American Medical Colleges. The LEAD Certificate Program, an application-based certificate program, cultivates…
January 4, 2022
Le Quanda Cole (Student Success) was selected as one of five National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) Transfer Champions in the nation—Rising Star Award Winners for 2022. Cole is the the UNLV/CSN Transfer Program director. NISTS recognizes exemplary transfer advocates who are influencing policies, practices, and programs to…
December 17, 2021
Ayla Gelsinger (Communication Studies and Psychology) received the Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal Best Article Award for the work, A Critical Analysis of the Body Positive Movement on Instagram: How Does it Really Impact Body Image?, which published in Spectra’s inaugural fall 2020 issue. Sponsored by the office of undergraduate research (…
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…