Joe Bennett is vice president for academic affairs—strategic initiatives at Berklee. In this role, he leads and coordinates strategic projects relating to curriculum research, technologies including virtual and augmented reality, campus integration, and new program development. His academic research focuses on the creative practice and psychology of songwriters. As an expert witness forensic musicologist, Bennett advises music lawyers, publishers, artists, and songwriters on matters of plagiarism and musical similarity. Prior to coming to Boston, he was the dean of music and performing arts, and professor of popular music at Bath Spa University in Bath, England. He holds a Ph.D. in music from the University of Surrey and a national teaching fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.