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David G. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Department(s): Executive Vice President and Provost
Office: FDH 525
Mail Code: 1014
Phone: 702-895-2242
Fax: 702-895-3455
Email: david.schwartz@unlv.edu


David G. Schwartz, Ph.D., is the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at UNLV. As a senior administrator in the Office of Faculty Affairs, he provides leadership for programs, services, and resources to promote faculty success.

Prior to serving as Associate Vice Provost, Schwartz was Director of the Center for Gaming Research within University Libraries. In this role since 2001, he was responsible for administering the Center’s Eadington Faculty Fellowship program, managing the growth of the Gaming Collection, and serving as publisher of the interdisciplinary UNLV Gaming Press, among various other activities. He rose through the ranks in this position, attaining tenure in 2006 and promotion to full professor in 2014.

He has written seven and edited four books in his area of specialty, gaming history, and serves on several state and local groups, including the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee and the advisory boards of the Museum of Gambling History and the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (Mob Museum).  

At UNLV, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses for the colleges of Liberal Arts, Law, Honors, and Hospitality and been actively involved with Nevada Promise, McNair Scholars, and other student mentoring groups. He has also served on various institutional committees, including chairing the University Promotion and Tenure Committee.

Schwartz received his B.A. in Anthropology and History and M.A. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. in United States History from UCLA. Before arriving at UNLV, Schwartz worked in a variety of positions, including university lecturer, casino security officer, casino surveillance officer, SAT prep instructor, and Mr. Peanut.

Research Interests

Gambling, gaming, and games; urban history; Las Vegas and Nevada history; cultural history; Western history; video games; casinos; higher education; faculty satisfaction and advancement