Steve Everett has served as Dean of the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2013 where he oversees four schools with programs in architecture, graphic and industrial design, new media, music, studio art, art history, theatre, museum studies, and interdisciplinary studies. He also coordinates the numerous community-engaged activities of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and oversees activities at the UIC Innovation Center – an interdisciplinary research center cosponsored with the Colleges of Medicine, Engineering, and Business and supported by industry and corporate partners.
Prior to UIC, he taught for 23 years at Emory University in Atlanta and served in a number of senior leadership positions, including Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Director of the Provost’s Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, Chair of the Department of Music, Director of the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Director of the Music-Audio Research Center, and was elected by the faculty as President of the University Senate and Chair of the Faculty Council, the two principal governance committees of the university.
He also co-chaired the Commission on the Liberal Arts, a task force established by the Emory President and Provost to examine the foundational principles of a 21st century liberal arts education and suggest innovative ways to enrich curricula and organizational structures.
From 2000-2001, he was a visiting professor at Princeton University and has been a guest composer at Eastman School of Music, National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris, Rotterdam Conservatory of Music, Utrecht School of the Arts, and Tokyo Denki University.
His research has involved computer-assisted music composition, data sonification, neuroscience and music, cultural hybridity, and the performing arts of Indonesia, India, and Japan. As a result of two medical research projects in which he is currently engaged with the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing, he was awarded a courtesy faculty appointment in the UIC Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation.
Much of his teaching focused on the intersections of science and the arts and often involved interdisciplinary courses, including The Musical Brain with the Director of the Emory Neuroscience Program and Metaphysics and Music taught with the Department of Philosophy and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Robert Spano. He also taught a Coursera online course on Digital Sound Design with 40,000 global students.
His doctorate is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and he received a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees from Florida State University. He has also undertaken extensive performing arts research in England, Indonesia, and India.