Stephen Barker

Stephen Barker Appointed Dean of UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts

The University of California, Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts, has announced that drama professor Stephen Barker has been named dean. Barker has served as the interim dean of the school since September 2014.

Lisa Naugle, chair of the dance department who led the nationwide search to fill the position, said, “It became clear to the committee that Barker possesses the broadest range of experience and strongest record of leadership, integrity, and vision for the future of the school.”

During his tenure as interim dean, Barker established the Community Arts Council in partnership with UCI Illuminations, an initiative designed to ensure that all students at the university have serious and meaningful exposure to the creative arts. The council will also work to strengthen the connections between UCI and arts organizations, cultural centers, and other institutions in the region. He directed the Beall Center for Art + Technology and launched the art school’s first formal fund-raising campaign, which is seeking $1 million to support projects in each of the school’s departments. Barker is also developing a multidisciplinary program with the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences that will focus on design and mechanical arts.

A scholar, actor, director, dancer, and choreographer, Barker founded the journal Derrida Today and is a former faculty member of the London Graduate School. He earned his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Arizona and the equivalent of an MFA from the London Contemporary Dance School and Studio ’68 of Theatre Arts.