Scott A. Chadwick, PhD, provost and chief academic officer at Xavier University, has named Steven T. Herbert, PhD, as associate provost for academic affairs and dean of the graduate school, effective July 25, 2012.
Herbert has been employed at Xavier since 1994, first as adjunct professor of physics. From 1995-2001 he was assistant professor. In 2001, he was promoted to associate professor, became chair of the physics department in 2005, and earned a full professorship in 2008.
He received a BS in physics and math, summa cum laude, from Xavier in 1984, where he was valedictorian, and a PhD in Physics from The Ohio State University in 1993. His specialization is Condensed Matter/Low Temperature Experimental Physics.
As associate provost and dean, Herbert will lead University efforts to advance student learning, support teaching and faculty scholarship, enhance online learning, increase funded research, cultivate external partnerships, and provide leadership and support for graduate programs.
“Steve is one of the most student-centered faculty members I know,” says Chadwick. “At the same time, his vision for how we can maintain the strength of our liberal arts core while preparing students for work and life in our modern world is unparalleled.”
Herbert has served on numerous university committees and received more than $1M in grant funding. In 2005, he was awarded Xavier’s Joan G. McDonald Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Sciences. He has a record of producing and promoting innovative and challenging teaching and research and connects across department and college boundaries. Shortly after becoming chair in 2005, he led a review and redesign of the physics and applied physics majors, adding new courses and redefining old ones. More recently, he spearheaded development of the department’s newest major, biophysics.
Herbert and his family live in Cincinnati (45255).