Dr. Beth Roth

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Beth K. Roth serves as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Special Assistant to the President for Inclusive Excellence at Alvernia University. Dr. Roth was selected through a national search as the first external dean to revitalize the College and lead transformation across the university. She has nearly twenty years administrative and teaching experience in higher education. Prior to her appointment at Alvernia in 2012, Dr. Roth was Associate Dean for Curriculum at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she had concurrent responsibilities directing the General Education Program, Cross-cultural Program and Community Learning Program. Dr. Roth served as Chair of the Music Department and managed the annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival for six years while regularly teaching as Associate Professor.

 Dr. Roth graduated from Vassar College with general and departmental honors and earned a Ph.D. in Music History and Theory from the University of Chicago in 1999. She has been recognized with more than fifteen individual domestic and international fellowships and grants, including the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, supporting research in Chile, and American Association of University Women American Fellowship. Dr. Roth has sustained key programs vital to supporting the mission and values of the university by securing more than twenty project grants ranging from technology to the arts. Dr. Roth has numerous published articles and reviews in peer-reviewed journals and interdisciplinary volumes and has delivered dozens of presentations. Her scholarship focuses on music and religion in colonial Latin America and the United States. As a peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Dr. Roth is committed to quality assurance. She serves as a national evaluator for the AAUW International and American Fellowships. An avid supporter of the community organizations, Dr. Roth currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Reading Symphony Orchestra, the World Affairs Council of Greater Reading, and the Pennsylvania Council of International Education.

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