Longtime physics professor and department chair Steven T. Herbert, PhD, is Xavier’s new Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School. Herbert takes over his new duties on July 25. Provost and Chief Academic Officer Scott A. Chadwick, PhD, made the announcement today, Monday, July 16.
Herbert has a long history with Xavier, beginning with his education. He graduated with degrees in physics and math, summa cum laude, in 1984, and was valedictorian at his commencement ceremony. He earned a PhD in physics from The Ohio State University in 1993, and focused his research specialization on condensed matter/low temperature experimental physics.
Herbert came back to Xavier in 1994 as an adjunct professor of physics. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1995, and in 2001, he was promoted to associate professor. He became chair of the physics department in 2005 and earned a full professorship in 2008.
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.
Herbert has served on numerous University committees and received more than $1 million 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 has an ability to make collaborative connections 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.