The University of Maryland School of Public Health named Professor Stephen M. Roth associate dean for educational innovation this summer. In this position, Dr. Roth will provide leadership in the area of pedagogy and learning technologies, as the school continues to advance its use of online, blended, and innovative educational courses.
“Dr. Roth’s extensive and valuable experiences in leading the University of Maryland Center for Teaching Excellence and working on the development of the new Teaching and Learning Transformation Center will be of great benefit to the School of Public Health’s educational mission,” Dean Jane Clark said in announcing his appointment. Dr. Roth will also help guide SPH’s continued educational collaboration with the department of epidemiology and public health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, as well as to enhance SPH’s curricular capacities.
“The School of Public Health has been a leading voice for educational innovations for Maryland, through the early incorporation of technology into every classroom, wide use of laptop carts for engaging classroom projects, and web-based services to improve student academic progress,” Dr. Roth, professor in the department of kinesiology, said. He noted that SPH is expanding the use of “faculty learning communities” to better engage faculty in improving teaching and student learning.
“Over the next few years, we plan to upgrade the design and delivery of all of our online courses to ensure excellent educational experiences for our students,” Dr. Roth said. “More importantly, for our more than 2,000 undergraduates and nearly 300 graduate students, we seek to innovate the public health curriculum across the school, engaging our students in developing skills and synthesizing knowledge across the domains of public health.”
Dr. Roth has served in a number of leadership roles within the school and university, including the director of outreach and instructional innovation for the university’s Teaching and Learning Transformation Center. In 2013, he was appointed as the interim associate dean for teaching and learning within the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Roth was one of four people named Outstanding Graduate Director by the university in 2015 for his role leading the department of kinesiology’s graduate programs.
He succeeds Dr. Marcio Oliveira, who was appointed the first assistant dean for educational innovation by Dean Clark in 2012, and now serves as executive director for academic services in the University’s Division of Information Technology.
The School of Public Health community looks forward to the contributions to the learning environment Dr. Roth will make as associate dean for educational innovation.