Council for Centers, Institutes, Museums, & Labs

The Council is responsible for initial review and recommendation of proposals for new centers, institutes, museums, and laboratories as well as for conducting annual reviews of existing units. These units are primarily directed toward basic/applied research, client or public service, policy studies and reports, or serve as an archive/repository.

Recommendations from the Council are forwarded to the Vice President for Research. The Vice President for Research, in turn, makes a recommendation to the Executive Vice President and Provost. Requests for new centers, institutes, museums and laboratories are then forwarded for processing through the Chancellor’s Office and the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents. After a new center, institute, museum or laboratory is approved by the Board of Regents, the day-to-day operational administration and oversight typically is managed through an academic department, school, or college.

The Council holds a monthly meeting to consider among other agenda items new applications for the approval, closure and name changes for any units seeking to use the words Center, Institute, Museum or Laboratory in their name. Those applications must also be approved pursuant to the Board of Regents schedule of meetings.

In Spring 2024, regular meetings of the Council will take place on Zoom or in FDH 312 as follows:

  • February 15, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • March 14, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • April 18, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • May 9, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Please email in order to get your item on an upcoming agenda.

Ruben Garcia

Law School (on leave Spring 2024)
Mail Code: 1003
Phone: 702-895-4990

Brett Abarbanel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor/Executive Director - International Gaming Institute
Mail Code: 6037
Phone: 702-895-1764

Hasan Deniz, Ph.D.

Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education
Office: CEB 354
Mail Code: 3005
Phone: 702-895-1324

Jeffrey Ebersole

Dental Medicine
Mail Code: 7410
Phone: 702-774-4152

Rebecca Gill, Ph.D.

Political Science
Mail Code: 5029
Phone: 702-895-2525

Jefferson W. Kinney, Ph.D.

Mail Code: 5030
Phone: 702-895-4766

Kimberly Murphy

Council Secretary
Office: FDH 309
Mail Code: 1092
Phone: 702-895-1828

Lindsay Couzens, Ph.D.

Ex-Officio Member
AVP for Academic Effectiveness
Office: FDH 709
Mail Code: 1099
Phone: 702-895-0407

Gwen Marchand, Ph.D.

Ex-Officio Member
Acting Chair 2024
Office: FDH 305
Mail Code: 1092
Phone: 702-895-4811

Zachary Miles

Ex-officio member
Sr. Associate VP
Mail Code: 1092
Phone: 702-895-4507

Associate Deans for Research

The Associate Deans for Research serve in an advisory capacity to the Vice President for Research, but also provide a critical formal link back to the colleges on important research issues. The associate deans serve as liaisons of their colleges to the Division of Research, offering insights into the interests of their faculty and students, promoting the research of their respective colleges, and helping inform the institutional research agenda.