Dr. Stephen Miles became provost and vice president for academic affairs on July 1, 2011.
Dr. Stephen Miles became provost and vice president for academic affairs on July 1, 2011. The recipient of a D.M.A. degree from the University of Illinois, he has been on the New College faculty since 1988 and holds the title of professor of music. As provost, Miles continues to direct New Music New College, the acclaimed contemporary music series that he founded, and to teach occasional courses. He has previously served as chair of the Division of Humanities and as chair of key faculty committees.
The provost and vice president of academic affairs leads the faculty and serves as the president’s liaison with them in all matters pertaining to the academic program, including both disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas of study. The provost also oversees the various offices that directly support the academic program, including the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, and the Office of Research Programs and Services.
In announcing Dr. Miles’s appointment, President Mike Michalson said, “Steve’s outstanding record of accomplishment in the traditional areas of teaching, research and service includes the requisite strengths necessary to provide leadership to the faculty. His previous administrative service gives him a broad-based perspective on faculty governance and overall administrative life at the College. In addition, Steve’s extraordinary success in elevating New Music New College to its current level of prominence speaks, not only to his vision and organizational abilities, but also to his capacity for community outreach and fundraising as well.”
Proficient in a field that requires the meshing of many voices, Miles is looking forward to the challenges of a position that requires leadership, collaboration and an appreciation for all aspects of a liberal arts education.
“The provost must promote a shared vision for the entire academic program,” explains Miles. “That means listening closely to all the voices in our community as we work to achieve a new clarity of purpose. In this regard, the provost has a special obligation to articulate our mission, to stress repeatedly why we as faculty care so deeply about the College and why we invest so much in student success.
“New College has long been recognized as one of the most innovative institutions in American higher education, so I am greatly honored by this appointment,” continues Miles. “I will do my utmost to meet the exceedingly high standard set by [former Provost] Charlene Callahan for dedication to New College and for leadership of its academic program.”
Stephen Miles is an active composer, performer and theorist, focusing on the social dimension of music. Since 1990, he has composed vocal music almost exclusively. His works include De profundis clamavi, premiered in 2005 by the New York Virtuoso Singers, Social Studies (2003), musical games for performers and audience, and Living and Dead: The Gettysburg Project (2009), a theater piece co-composed with Margaret Eginton, adjunct associate professor of theater at New College. In November 2011, he and Eginton will present new experimental works as part of the New Music New College series, which functions as a laboratory for interdisciplinary research. Miles’s articles about NMNC projects have appeared in such leading journals as Perspectives of New Music, Music and Arts in Action and in the edited volume, Audiences and the Arts: Communication Perspectives. In the summer of 2010, his article “Seeing Cage, Hearing Beuys,” appeared in TDR: The Drama Review, published by New York University and MIT.