Dr. Steven Herbert
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and
Dean of the Graduate School
Steve Herbert assumed the role of Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School in July of 2012.
Dr. Herbert earned his bachelor's degree in Physics and Mathematics from Xavier University in 1984. After receiving his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1993 in experimental condensed matter physics, he became a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cincinnati. He joined the Xavier faculty as an assistant professor of physics in 1995, earned tenure in 2001 and was promoted to professor in 2008.
Dr. Herbert received the Joan G. McDonald Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Sciences in 2005, has published in top scientific journals, and has been involved in many grants totaling nearly 1 million dollars. His research is focused primarily in the electrical transport properties of materials with a specialization in conventional and high temperature superconductors, semiconductor heterostructures, and spintronics. He is also a member of the Midwest Manatee Research Project, an interdisciplinary group of Xavier faculty and students researching the vocalization patterns and behavior of the endangered Florida manatee.
Dr. Herbert has also taught nearly every course the department of physics offers, including introductory physics, electronics, quantum mechanics, and astronomy. Prior to his appointment to Associate Provost, Dr. Herbert served as chair of the department of physics for seven years and was instrumental in introducing the interdisciplinary biophysics major to Xavier.