Dean, Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of Chancellor Gillman, I am pleased to announce that Stephen Barker has been appointed dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, effective July 1, 2016.

Stephen has served as interim dean of the Claire Trevor School since September 2014 and has helped usher the school into a new era of excellence. He has fostered faculty diversity and interdisciplinary collaboration between arts and sciences and has diligently worked to ensure that UCI continues to be Orange County’s hub for arts and culture – all important goals in line with our campus strategic plan. Stephen established the Community Arts Council in partnership with UCI Illuminations, served as director of the Beall Center for Art + Technology, and launched the Dean’s Next-Level Initiative, the school’s first formal fundraising campaign, which is seeking $1 million to support targeted projects in each of the school’s departments. Currently, he is developing a new multidisciplinary initiative related to design and mechanical and industrial arts that involves The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences.

Stephen previously served as chair of the studio art and drama departments and as associate dean of the Claire Trevor School. He is a renowned scholar, actor, director, dancer, and choreographer who has worked professionally across the globe and written extensively on philosophy and literary and aesthetic theory. He also is a founder of the journal Derrida Today and is on the faculty of the London Graduate School. Stephen earned a doctorate in English/comparative literature and literary theory & criticism at the University of Arizona. He holds an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Arizona and M.F.A. equivalents from the London Contemporary Dance School and Studio ’68 of Theatre Arts, London.

I am grateful to the search committee and its chair, Lisa Naugle, professor and chair of dance, for their dedicated efforts and vital contributions to the search process.

Respected, experienced and passionate leaders like Stephen will help us expand our creative excellence, social impact and community support. Please join me in congratulating Stephen Barker on his appointment.


Enrique J. Lavernia, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Distinguished Professor,
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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