Messages from the Dean

Welcome Steinhardt Students to the 2014-15 Academic Year

I am honored to write you, as the new dean of NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, to welcome you to the 2014-15 academic year.

I come to you from the University of Southern California where I served as vice dean, associate dean, and the Clifford H. and Betty C. Allen Professor in Urban Leadership. I began my career as a social activist and went to graduate school because I wanted to learn how research and analysis could help drive better decision making and improve people’s lives. Those interests led me to the RAND Corporation, where I did work that had a direct impact on education policy in the United States and abroad.  I am excited to join you as a new member of the Steinhardt community.

John Dewey, an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer, once wrote, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” Your time at Steinhardt is both an individual chapter in your life, but also a continuation of the sense of discovery and inquiry that will drive your achievements in the years to come. You are part of a vibrant community of faculty, students, and staff who work to improve our local and global communities through applied psychology, art, education, health, media, and music. I hope you will be an active part of that community and take advantage of all that Steinhardt and NYU have to offer.

Please make the Office of Student Affairs and your adviser first stops with any questions or concerns you may have. Learn more about the many services, events, and opportunities Steinhardt offers through the Student Matters blog, our news forum for undergraduate and graduate students in NYU Steinhardt.  And connect with others through our online communities: Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and watch out for upcoming events through our online calendar.

Welcome to NYU Steinhardt and have a great academic year.

Dominic J. Brewer
Gale and Ira Drukier Dean