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Diane Z. Chase, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Provost
Department(s): Executive Vice President and Provost
Office: FDH 752
Mail Code: 1002
Phone: 702-895-3301
Fax: 702-895-2799
Email: diane.chase@unlv.edu


Diane Chase joined UNLV as Executive Vice President and Provost May 1, 2016. A noted archaeologist, Dr. Chase served as vice provost for academic program quality at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

A prolific scholar and researcher, Dr. Chase’s archaeological work on the ancient Maya earned UCF’s highest faculty honor and led to her election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She remains active in archaeology, publishing articles, presenting at conferences, and conducting fieldwork in the jungles of Belize. Her research, which involves reconstruction of ancient Maya civilization through a combination of fieldwork and new technologies, examines the complex relationships that existed among these ancient people and their environment.

Dr. Chase brings broad administrative experience to UNLV, having served in leadership roles in academic affairs, planning and evaluation, international and interdisciplinary studies, arts and humanities, and for a time as interim provost. She led accreditation and assessment activities for UCF and was a member of the president’s advisory staff.


  • Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected 2009)

Research Interests

Archaeology, archaeological method and theory, cultural evolution, ethnohistory, mortuary analysis, Mesoamerica, Maya.