Meet the Sr Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty

Elizabeth (Betty) Rider, Ph.D.

Betty has had a long career at Elizabethtown College, spending the first half as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and the second half in various administrative positions. She assumed the position of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty in 2016. In this position, she is the Chief Academic Officer of the College and reports directly to the President, acting for the President in his absence, and providing appropriate leadership with other administrators. She works closely with the Deans and Department Chairs, and provides strategic direction and oversight to the College's academic programs, including those offered through the School for Continuing and Professional Studies. The Senior Vice President represents the administration on the Executive Council of the Faculty Assembly.

Dr. Rider is responsible for advising the President on all major matters of resource allocation within the academic area of the College including construction and other capital projects, space allocation, and distribution of new positions within the faculty. She chairs the Enrollment Management Committee and the Hiring and Compensation Review Committee. In addition to the Deans and Department Chairs, the following directors report to the SVPAA:  Director of the High Library, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Title IX, and the Registrar.

Dr. Rider is a graduate of Gettysburg College and has masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Vanderbilt University.  Her teaching included courses on Developmental Psychology, Applied Developmental Psychology, Exceptional Children, Educational Psychology, Research in Developmental, and Psychology of Women. Her early research focused on young children's spatial orientation and abilities as well as the construction of gender. She published a textbook on the psychology of women, Women's Voices, with both Brooks/Cole (1st ed) and Wiley (2nd ed). With her colleague Carol Sigelman (The George Washington University), she has written multiple editions of a popular Life-Span Human Development text, now going into its 9th edition with Cengage Learning. Betty lives in Elizabethtown with her family, including two-legged people and four-legged furry friends.