Davis & Elkins College President G.T. "Buck" Smith has appointed Dr. Joseph Roidt to the new position of associate provost and director of programs.
An associate professor of sociology, Roidt will continue to teach as well as take on the management of key responsibilities for D&E. He will chair the college's North Central Accreditation Self Study, facilitate revisions to the general education curriculum and manage the college's Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Roidt joined Davis & Elkins College in 2001, coming to Elkins from Wesleyan College, an all women's college in Macon, Ga. He has worked actively on numerous faculty initiatives and has served on presidential task forces dealing with curriculum and enrollment issues. He currently chairs the Admission and Academic Standing Committee of the Faculty Assembly and is a member of that body's executive committee.
Roidt says this is an exciting time in D&E's history. "The steps we are taking now can result in a very progressive, cutting-edge general education curriculum at Davis & Elkins College," he said. "This initiative, as well as the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, will ultimately make us more effective, enabling us to monitor how well we're meeting the learning outcomes we identify and to work, collectively, to strengthen particular outcomes."
Roidt will report to Provost and Dean of Faculty Dr. Victor Thacker.
Thacker notes that Roidt's involvement will enhance the college's academic programs for students, saying, "It will be a pleasure to work with Dr. Roidt on all of these important projects. Joe has proved himself to be a thoughtful and conscientious leader on our faculty. His recent involvement with curricular issues will help further our mission of preparing students for success."
Roidt and his wife, Vicki, own Mainline Books in downtown Elkins. He is the parent of Kelly, a student at Hollins University, and Andrew, a student at Elkins High School.