Home > Executive Dean's Welcome
Executive Dean's Welcome
Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences website. Our goal is to share timely, interesting information and highlight the latest news and upcoming events; provide information about the areas and offices within the College; and offer opportunities for feedback and interaction.
I came to Ohio State in July 2009 and felt at home immediately. I am proud to be a Buckeye and to head this group of energetic, engaged, and talented faculty, staff, and students. Together, we are building the nation's pre-eminent college of arts and sciences.
If you have any questions or would like to offer input, we'd love to hear from you.
Joseph E. Steinmetz
Executive Dean and Vice Provost, College of Arts and Sciences
The Ohio State University
More About Joe
Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee has named College of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean and Vice Provost Joseph E. Steinmetz to the position of Executive Vice President and Provost. Steinmetz will assume those duties on July 1, 2013. Read more...
Joseph E. Steinmetz was named to serve as vice provost for arts and sciences and executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in July 2009. He also is a professor of psychology and neuroscience. Before coming to Ohio State, Dr. Steinmetz was dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas, where he was also a university distinguished professor. At the time of his appointment at Ohio State, he was concurrently serving as Kansas’ interim provost. He previously served 19 years at Indiana University, where he was executive associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Department of Psychology. At Indiana he was also a distinguished professor of psychological and brain sciences.
A nationally respected behavioral neuroscientist, Dean Steinmetz was recognized in 1996 by the National Academy of Sciences for his contributions to the fields of experimental psychology and neuroscience. His research interests include neuroanatomical and neurophysiological substrates of learning and memory; the effects of alcohol on neural and behavioral function; neurobiological and behavioral models of fetal alcohol syndrome; and the neurobiology of simple human learning, memory, and cognitive function. His work is widely published, and he has served as the editor-in-chief of Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Reviews and Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science.
He is an elected fellow of the American Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Society of Experimental Psychologists. He received the Gantt Medal from the Pavlovian Society for career research contributions. He recently was elected as president-elect of the Association for Psychological Science Dr. Steinmetz earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Central Michigan University and his doctorate at Ohio University.