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Dr. Steven J. Tepper Appointed Dean of the Herberger Institute

  • October 6, 2014
  • By a2ru      
“The unique advantage of having an interdisciplinary set of programs is that we can put together creative teams that can truly imagine things that couldn’t be imagined from a single discipline.”


Arizona State University (ASU) appointed Dr. Steven J. Tepper to lead the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in July of 2014. Tepper is a scholar of creativity and policy. He was associate director at Vanderbilt University’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy, and was associate professor in the department of sociology.

Arts-integrated interdisciplinarity is key to reinventing the definition of higher education. Tepper views his current role through this lens, “The Herberger Institute provides an opportunity to reimagine what a 21st century arts school can be, enterprising, connected across disciplines, within communities and deployed to comment on and help solve the nation’s most important problems. I want Herberger to be one of the first places people look both for inspiration as well as insight around important artistic, social, economic and policy challenges.”

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.

For more insights a2ru recommends “Breaking the Mold: ASU Selects a Scholar of Creativity and Policy to Helm its Design and Arts School”.

Photograph of Dr. Steven J. Tepper Copyright © Arizona Board of Regents.