Top Tier Award Recipients

2020-21 Award Recipients

COVID-19 Response and Communication Leads

After the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, UNLV joined thousands of higher education institutions around the country in a major shift for all operations. Although delivery shifted to alternate modalities, the University’s core services in the areas of teaching, research, and community engagement have continued. Because conditions are fluid, there had to be great flexibility and sensitivity to changing contexts. This required campus wide efforts of the UNLV Incident Management Team, and specifically the intensive efforts of five individuals who worked tirelessly to ensure UNLV’s commitment to its mission as a public research university.

Caitlin Saladino

Director of Strategic Development at the Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West

Caitlin demonstrates support and continued commitment to the Top Tier goals. She established and developed the Data Hub at The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West. A critical focus of her work lies in building Community Partnerships in extending their reach beyond the campus community. Student Achievement has remained a top priority. While the Brookings Public Policy Minor is a relatively new academic program on campus, Caitlin has worked to increase student interest and participation in this program in measurable ways. The success of their public policy students post-graduation begins with a strong commitment to Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity in the time spent at UNLV. As a critical Top Tier goal, Caitlin believes the interdisciplinary work she conducts as part of at The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West has directly contributed to an increase in innovation and excellence in research.

Tricia McCrory

Executive Director of Undergraduate Advising Practice

Tricia demonstrates support and continued commitment to Student Achievement. She understands that there are a number of factors that contribute to the retention and progression of a student, and she has dedicated most of her professional career to the practice of academic advising. Tricia believes that the impact of academic advising is critical to UNLV’s Top Tier Student Achievement success. She commits much of her time working with advising administrators to build consistency in advising practices, with an ultimate goal of creating better advising connections and interventions for students. The Top Tier student achievement goal to increase undergraduate retention and graduation includes a metric on student to advisor ratio, which her office works to reduce on an annual basis. Each year, the ratio has been reduced and this will continue, in an effort to ensure students can access academic advising in a timely and meaningful way.

2019-20 Award Recipient

2018-19 Award Recipients

Jenna Heath Headshot

Jenna Heath

Director of Student & Community Engagement for the College of Liberal Arts

Jenna Heath has a passion and commitment to UNLV's Top Tier student achievement goals. She fosters student retention and progress and engagement through senior capstone courses, first year success seminars, and experiential learning opportunities through internship development and placement. Jenna has proven herself as a remarkable leader, a dedicated scholar, and someone who is absolutely committed to furthering the common good of UNLV. Jenna completes every task with boundless and inspiring energy, passion, and optimism and is a fantastic colleague.

Allan Gibbs

Allan Gibbs

School of Life Sciences

Gibbs is noted for his pedagogical skills in the classroom and extensive mentorship of students, particularly dozens of undergraduate student researchers.

Stacey Tovino

Stacey Tovino

Judge Jack and Lulu Lehman Professor of Law
Boyd School of Law

Tovino’s contributions include founding an innovative health law program at the Boyd School of Law in partnership with the School of Community Health Sciences.

2017 Award Recipients

Alisha Kerlin addresses a group at the museum.

Alisha Kerlin

Interim Director
Barrick Museum of Art

Kerlin leads museum interdisciplinary programs, scholarship, and community outreach.

Kwang Kim in his lab.

Kwang J. Kim, Ph.D.

Southwest Gas Professor of Energy and Matter
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Kwang Kim pioneers research in active materials and energy systems, along with his leadership on various Top Tier subcommittees.

Jefferson Kinney in his lab

Jefferson Kinney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

Kinney focuses on collaborative research in behavioral neuroscience with students and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center.