JCU Jr. - Manatees - Peaceful Giants of the Caribbean
Join Steven Herbert, Ph.D., provost & academic VP at JCU as we learn more about the gentle giants. During his tenure at Xavier University, Dr. Herbert helped found the Midwest Manatee Research Project, which studied the behavior of the Florida manatee.
Steve Herbert began serving as John Carroll University’s Provost and Academic Vice President in June of 2019.
Prior to arriving at John Carroll, Dr. Herbert earned his bachelor's degree in Physics and Mathematics from Xavier University in 1984, graduating Summa Cum Laude. After receiving his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in experimental condensed matter physics, he became a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cincinnati. In 1995, he joined the faculty at Xavier University as an assistant professor of physics, earned tenure in 2001 and was promoted to professor in 2008.
While serving as chair of the physics department at Xavier from 2005-2012, Dr. Herbert oversaw a comprehensive review of the department curriculum and was instrumental in introducing an interdisciplinary biophysics major. In 2012, Dr. Herbert was appointed the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School and was responsible for founding the Office of the Graduate School, introducing online learning and support structures, shepherding several new graduate programs to launch, and increasing online and graduate enrollments, overall.
Dr. Herbert received the Joan G. McDonald Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Sciences in 2005, has published in top scientific journals, and has been involved in research grants totaling nearly 1 million dollars. His research focused primarily on the electrical transport properties of materials with a specialization in conventional and high temperature superconductors, semiconductor heterostructures, and spintronics. He was a founding member of the Midwest Manatee Research Project, an interdisciplinary group of Xavier faculty and students researching the vocalization patterns and behavior of the endangered Florida manatee.
Steve Herbert lives in University Heights with his wife Anne. Together they have four sons, three grandsons, and a host of family members spread across the country. They enjoy reading, collecting new experiences, relaxing at the beach, and attending musical, theatrical, and cultural events.
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