Douglas Dempster

Dean, College of Fine Arts
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Douglas Dempster is Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. The College of Fine Arts is a leading public, comprehensive, professional college of fine arts that includes professional training programs and liberal arts concentrations in Theatre and Dance, Music, and Art and Art History, in addition to being home to a major art collection, the Blanton Museum of Art, and Austin’s largest performing arts presenter, the UT Performing Arts Center. The College also provides a broad curriculum for nonmajors and community instruction.

He was formerly Senior Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the College. For many years before arriving in Texas, he was on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, holding faculty appointments in Humanities, Music Theory Musicology, and in the Philosophy Department of the University of Rochester, where he served in a variety of appointments, including Associate Director and Dean of Academic Affairs. He has taught broadly in courses ranging from art appreciation for freshmen to the history of dramatic theory and cultural policy studies.

A philosopher by training and inclination, he has published in philosophical aesthetics, the philosophy of music theory, cultural policy studies and the philosophy of language.