Steven J. Tepper, associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy and associate professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University, has been named dean of Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, effective July 1, 2014.
Tepper is one of the nation’s founding thought leaders on the creative campus movement, which places creativity at the center of campus and academic life. He also is the nation’s leading authority on the lives and careers of arts graduates.
Tepper’s research and teaching focuses on creativity in education and work, conflict over art and culture, and cultural participation. He is author of “Not Here, Not Now, Not That! Protest Over Art and Culture in America” and co-editor and contributing author of the book “Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America’s Cultural Life.” His writings on creativity and higher education have appeared in numerous national publications including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post and Fast Company.
Tepper also is the research director of SNAAP, the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, which has surveyed more than 100,000 graduates of arts training institutions about their education and careers.
Prior to his position at Vanderbilt, Tepper served as deputy director of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University.