In 1956, Stewart L. Grow was selected to chair the university’s newly formed political science department. Five years later, he likewise headed the Institute of Government Service, BYU’s first graduate program in public administration. In a university career marked by administrative assignments, Grow later served as acting dean of BYU’s graduate school.
His 1948 thesis, "A Historical Study of the Construction of the Salt Lake Tabernacle,” was the impetus for what later became a book entitled A Tabernacle in the Desert, published by Deseret Book Company in 1958. For decades, this volume and the thesis that preceded it remained the preeminent works on the history of the construction of the Salt Lake Tabernacle.