Robin Cresiski, Ph.D.

Vice provost of scholarship & experiential curriculum

Robin CresiskiAssociate Professor of Biology
Ph.D. Immunology, Yale University

(702) 992-2651

Robin Herlands Cresiski earned her B.S. in Biology from Haverford College and her Ph.D. in Immunobiology from Yale University.

After serving as a visiting professor of Biology at Mount Holyoke College, where she ran a small lab and taught upper division laboratory classes, she took a tenure track position here at Nevada State College. As a faculty member, she taught Immunology, Genetics, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, as well as a First Year Experience (FYE) course : My Hormones Made Me Do It: the Biological Underpinnings of Psychological Behavior. She started NSC’s first undergraduate research program in the sciences, securing up to $350,000 per year through a subaward from Nevada’s INBRE NIH grant.  Beyond being a teacher-scholar, Dr. Cresiski has had progressively increasing leadership and administrative roles at NSC.  She was elected Faculty Senate Chair two years in a row during a critical time of transition for the college as they faced changes in leadership and an economic recession that threatened the institution's future.  She was later elected by her peers to be the Department Chair of the Physical and Life Sciences.  Her ability to work with both faculty and administration effectively resulted in her being promoted to become NSC's Vice Provost of Scholarship and Experiential Curriculum in 2014, where she has the following responsibilities:

  • Lead and Organize Faculty Professional Development
    • Head NSC’s Faculty & Staff Development Committee, the Provost Speaker Series (which invites external speakers on campus), monthly professional development sessions and bi-annual full-day campus-wide convocations.
  • Oversee Student Professional Development and Experiential Learning
    • Supervise the Dean of Students who oversees Student Government, Student Clubs and Organizations, the Student of Concern Committee (our student wellness program), and the Career Services Center.
    • With the Dean of Students, oversee the Internships for Credit: developed NSC’s first policy and internship-for-credit programs in Criminal Justice, History, Visual Media and Business.
    • Support development of Experiential Curriculum: founded and oversee a summer institute for faculty to build Research-Based Curriculum, support/establish service-learning opportunities/community-based research programs
    • Develop pipelines for students into graduate programs: collaborated with other institutions to create an on-site Pre-med Postbacc Program with University of Nevada School of Medicine, GradReady with UNLV and GradFit with UNR. Also collaborated with Liberal Arts and Sciences Deans and faculty to establish a graduate school preparation course for seniors
    • Bolster undergraduate research: provide seed funds to faculty projects with undergraduate researchers, assist with faculty grants that include student research. Currently organizing NSC’s first Undergraduate Scholarship and Creative Works Conference to be held Spring 2016
    • Develop International Student and Study Abroad Programming: head the Global Programming Task Force
  • Coordinate efforts to expand grant funding
    • Academic lead on pre-award for sponsored projects: coordinate grant prospecting, grant writing and grant submission for institutional proposals and select departmental/school proposals in collaboration with faculty
    • Work with Associate Vice President for Development and faculty on obtaining private/foundation awards for select campus initiatives
  • Cultivate Faculty Scholarship
    • Oversee NSC’s Institutional Research Board
    • Founded and run the Summer Scholarship Institute, a program to help faculty develop Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects
    • Administer Seed funding of small-scale faculty projects (through competitive process) to stimulate research
  • Assist with Strategic Planning and Assessment
    • Served on Strategic Planning Committee and helped draft 2015-2020 Academic Strategic Plan
    • Work with Institutional Research to make data-driven decisions on initiatives
    • Serve on the Diversity Task Force, particularly the Campus Climate Survey subcommittee and Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Faculty & Staff subcommittee.