Dr. Brent Iverson serves as the inaugural Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies ad interim. Dr. Iverson became the second dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies in July 2013. He was actively involved in the formation of the school, first serving on the Task Force on Curricular Reform that led to the school’s creation in 2006 and then on the school’s faculty governance group, the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee, for four years.
Growing up in Silicon Valley, the nation’s first hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, Iverson saw time and time again how ideas and individuals can change the world, if given a supportive environment. Among many priorities, as dean of Undergraduate Studies, Iverson focuses on exploring new approaches to supporting student success inside and outside the classroom. That includes helping students explore a diverse array of career options, while simultaneously championing the country’s most innovative suite of general education requirements and other unique educational programs and experiences intended to make UT Austin graduates successful in the incredibly dynamic workplace they will enter.
Before he became dean, Iverson was chairman of the Department of Chemistry, where he holds the Warren J. and Viola Mae Raymer Professorship. He has co-authored eight editions of an organic chemistry textbook used at universities around the country and abroad. He is well known across campus for teaching an immensely popular undergraduate organic chemistry course.
Iverson has received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions in the classroom. In 2013, he was elected inaugural president of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers established by the Board of Regents. Other honors include the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award (2013), the Margaret C. Berry Award for contributions to UT student life (2012), the UT Board of Regents Outstanding Teacher Award (2011), the Jean Holloway Teaching Award (2001), election to the UT Austin Academy of Distinguished Teachers (1999), and the Friars Centennial teaching award (1995).
Iverson also maintains an active research lab. Major projects include the development of technologies that will enable the creation of more effective and cheaper biotherapeutics, accurate prediction of potential drug resistance among next-generation chemotherapeutic agents, and creation of a new class of solid materials that turn color in response to changes in temperature, pressure, or exposure to certain solvents. In all, he is an inventor on 24 issued U.S. patents. Working with George Georgiou and Jennifer Maynard at UT, Iverson helped develop an FDA-approved late-stage cure for exposure to anthrax. He has received numerous national awards for his work including the Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society in 2005, and in 2011, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served on the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement Board of Directors since 2008, and in 2019 he joined the Camp Kesem Board of Directors, a national charity that sends many thousands of kids of cancer patients to summer camp for free. In 2016, Iverson was elected into the Texas Philosophical Society.
Dr. Iverson received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Stanford University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1987. He completed his postdoctoral work at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. He has been at UT Austin for 30 years, and is the very proud father of four UT Austin graduates.