Message from the Dean

Welcome Undergraduate and Graduate Students!

I am delighted to welcome you back to the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.  We feel a wonderful sense of excitement and promise as we begin our 2016 spring semester.

As a student at Steinhardt, you are part of a very special moment in our history:  We're celebrating our 125th birthday.

We were founded on March 3, 1890 as the first School of Pedagogy at an American university. In the words of Henry Barnard, the first US Commissioner of Education, the goal of the School of Pedagogy – our Steinhardt School – was to raise the “art of teaching to the same dignified plane as the professions of law and medicine.”

You are part of a vibrant community of faculty, students, and alumni who are working to improve our local and global populations through applied psychology, art, education, health, media, and music.

This spring we have some wonderful events and I hope you join us for NYU’s MLK Week to recognize the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. We’ll also be celebrating our 125th Anniversary with Making Waves, a series of conversations with leading experts on the brain and human behavior.  Spring topics are Your Brain on Video Games, Policing Race, and Why Movies Move Us. You can learn more by visiting our 125th Steinhardt Anniversary website.

Today graduation seems a long way off, but time really does pass quickly on the academic calendar. Information about Steinhardt’s 2016 graduation is now available on our website. You can also learn more about the many services, events, and opportunities available to you through the the Office of Student Affairs’ Student Matters blog. Stay connected with us through on social media through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and learn about upcoming events on our calendar.

I hope you will savor every moment of your time here with us. A new semester is a new beginning, an occasion for you to grow personally and intellectually and to challenge yourself. You’ve earned your place here. Make the most of it!

Here’s to a great spring semester,

Dominic Brewer
Gale and Ira Drukier Dean