Meet the Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
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 Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs 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 her absence, and providing appropriate leadership with other administrators. She works closely with the Associate Provosts and Deans, and provides strategic direction and oversight to the College's academic programs, including those offered through the School for Continuing and Professional Studies. The Provost 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 serves on the Enrollment Management Committee, the Facilities Planning and Construction Committee, and the Resources and Strategic Planning Council. In addition to the Associate Provosts and Deans, the following directors report to the Provost: Director of the High Library, the Interim Directors of Information Technology, the Director of Academic Advising and Career Services in the Center for Student Success, 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 10th edition with Cengage Learning. Betty lives in Elizabethtown with her family, including two-legged people and four-legged furry friends.