Dr. Stephen Roth was appointed associate dean for academic affairs in the University of Maryland School of Public Health on July 1. In this position, Dr. Roth will provide leadership and oversight of all academic programs, as well as strategically grow the school’s infrastructure to best serve our 2500+ undergraduate and 300+ graduate students. He will also help guide marketing and recruitment efforts to ensure that the School of Public Health attracts the best and brightest students to all its programs.
“Dr. Roth has served in many leadership roles for the School of Public Health and is uniquely positioned to oversee academic affairs,” said Dean Jane E. Clark on Dr. Roth’s appointment. “His extensive and valuable experiences in the development of teaching and learning best practices and familiarity with the school’s unique opportunities for growth makes him an ideal person to serve as our new associate dean for academic affairs.”
Most recently, Dr. Roth served as the School of Public Health’s associate dean for educational innovation and interim director for its Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health. He has emphasized improving educational quality throughout the School of Public Health and promoting excellence in online, hybrid, and face-to-face course offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Roth is a professor in the school’s department of kinesiology and his scholarly research focuses on understanding the role of genetic variation in determining differences in exercise responses, skeletal muscle traits, and other health-related phenotypes, as well as understanding the role of physical activity in modifying DNA structure.