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Brian LaDuca

Executive Director, IACT


Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives: IACT


Email: Brian LaDuca
Phone: 937-229-5103
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Brian LaDuca, a 2017 Dayton Forty Under 40 award winner, is the founding Executive Director of the Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at the University of Dayton. His mission is focused on positioning creativity as an in-demand skill through the exploration of key teaching competencies associated in enhancing students' creativity in the college classroom. As faculty Executive Director he directs the nation's only undergraduate certificate in applied creativity in the nation and is overseeing the new development of applied creative micro-credentials and badges for all University of Dayton students.

Since 2015 he has presented his research and work across the world including keynote presentations and workshops in Mexico, Switzerland, Peru, and China in addition to presenting at the Association of American Colleges & Universities, Ohio Career Development Association’s National Conference, Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network National Conference, Lily Conference on College Teaching, Imagining America, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, Ohio PKAL Conference, PAVE Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts; as well as numerous University of Dayton engagements.

Mr. LaDuca is currently pursuing his doctrine in the Philosophy of Educational Leadership at the University of Dayton and holds a BFA with Honors in Performance Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an MFA in Directing for the Stage and Screen from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He has been married to his best friend since 2008 and they are proud parents of twin 9-year old boys and a 6-year old daughter. The LaDuca family resides in Dayton, Ohio.

What three things would be in your starter pack?

  • My phone that is attached to headphones (I need to have my Spotify connected)
  • A baseball hat
  • To match my hat, I need the right color of eyeglasses. I’m definitely a hat, glasses, and jersey kind of dude.

What would you tell your college self?

“‘It’s not about you.’ Ego has been my theme. Everything I did when I was younger always ended up being about me. Even the most genuinely kind things, I think deep down I was always trying to bend them for me. I think that happened until my twins were born. It was so difficult to realize that and not know what to do about it. That’s why I would tell my college self that ‘it’s not about you. Look outside yourself and start seeing what other people are doing and find out if you can be a part of that.’ 

I would also tell my college self: ‘if you get out of your own way, the world will open to you.’”

What would you be willing to do for nothing?

“I think right now what I would do for nothing is teach. I would do all of this work for nothing. Realistically, we all want money, but I couldn’t not do this work. I’m built to educate, and I couldn’t just educate my own kids – I think they would go crazy. They don’t need their dad’s voice in their ear all the time. I can teach and I’m a great coach, but not to my own kids.

I would teach this coursework of creating confidence, passion, purpose, and possibility, and I would do it for nothing, forever.”

Photo and profile interview by Joe Schlangen ‘20


”An Arts-Based Instructional Model for Student Creativity in Engineering Design" for the American Society for Engineering Education

“Employing Applied Creativity and the Engineering Design Process in the Development of K-12 STE(A)M Curriculum Work In Progress” for the American Society for Engineering Education

“Social Innovation Through Purpose, Performance and Story” Performing Arts as High Impact Practice for Palgraves Publishing.

“Pursuing Social Justice through Place-Based Community Engagement: Cultivating Applied Creativity, Transdisciplinarity, and Reciprocity in Catholic Higher Education”, in Christian Higher Education: An International Journal of Research, Theory and Practice.


M.F.A., Directing and Theatrical Production, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

B.F.A., Theatre Studies , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign