Douglas Dempster '77, who had been acting interim dean of the College of Fine
Arts at the University of Texas at Austin since fall 2006 and senior
associate dean of the college since 2001, has been appointed dean of the college.
Dempster, who holds the Marie and Joseph D. Jamail Senior Regents
Professorship and the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Fine Arts as
a professor in the college's department of theatre and dance, was
named after a national search.
Prior to joining the university, Dempster held a faculty position for
18 years at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester.
He held appointments in the departments of humanities, philosophy, music theory
and musicology, and was humanities department chair and associate director
and dean of academic affairs. Well-known nationally for curricular
reform in professional arts schools, he was founding director of the
Eastman School's Arts Leadership Program. As senior associate dean of the
College of Fine Arts since 2001, he was chief academic and operational
officer of the college, which is composed of three academic units,
Art and Art History; the School of Music; and Theatre and Dance, as well
as the Blanton Museum of Art and the Performing Arts Center. With research
specialties in aesthetics; philosophy of music theory; cultural policy
studies and the philosophy of language, Dempster teaches and is
widely published in a diverse range of fields. He earned his doctoral and
master's degree in philosophy at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill and wrote his dissertation on the semantics of
representation and realism in the visual arts.
Dempster earned his St. Lawrence degree in
philosophy and government.
He was elected to the leadership honorary society
Omicron Delta Kappa.
Posted: December 12, 2007