National Endowment for the Arts Announces David Steiner as New Director of Arts Education
June 9, 2004
Washington, D.C. - The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today it is appointing Boston University Professor David Steiner as its Director of Arts Education. In this position, Steiner will be responsible for the panel selection and grant making process in arts education and will provide professional leadership to the field. He will assume his new responsibilities on June 14.
"David Steiner is a brilliant teacher and scholar who is passionately committed to arts education," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "His wealth of experience will make him a valuable asset to the Arts Endowment and this country's arts educators."
Steiner, 46, is Associate Professor and Chairman of Boston University's Department of Education Policy, and a scholar in the dual fields of the philosophy of education and American K-12 education reform. In addition, he teaches a course on Great Books, offered through the university's English department.
His books, articles, public talks, grants, and university teaching are focused on the concept of paideia, the public responsibility to provide an ethical, intellectual, political, and artistic education to the next generation. Towards this end, Professor Steiner has designed and constructed assessment, accountability and curricula materials, consulted with major education reform organizations, and served on national education task forces focused on the improved delivery of education. He has also worked with public officials, academics, and public school teachers in the United States, Europe, and Asia, to implement new education programs.
Steiner's recent scholarship includes the article, "Aesthetics between Philosophy and Pedagogy," for the Journal of Education and the forthcoming book he co-edited, The Quest for Paideia in an Age of Uncertainty. He is currently working on a book entitled Retreat from Judgment: The Limits of Education Reform.
Born in Princeton, N.J., Steiner grew up in Cambridge, England. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from Balliol College at Oxford University, and earned his doctorate in political science at Harvard University. He is an American citizen.
Photo courtesy of Boston University Photo Services.
For more information or to request an electronic image of David Steiner, please contact the NEA Office of Communications at 202-682-5570.
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