Dr. Joseph Roidt, provost at Dakota Wesleyan University, joined the university in 2016 and oversees the office of academic affairs and the office of student life. Prior to joining DWU, Roidt served as the vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Davis & Elkins College (D&E) in Elkins, W.Va.. Roidt originally joined Davis & Elkins as a professor of sociology in 2001. While at D&E, Roidt was awarded the Lois Latham Award for teaching excellence, coordinated the college’s honors program, and served as the first director of the college’s office of institutional effectiveness prior to being appointed associate provost. In his role vice president for academic affairs, Roidt engaged the college in several national curricular initiatives that led to the overhaul of the college’s curriculum and the creation of a unique winter symposium for first-year students focused on civic knowledge and engagement. Prior to joining D&E, Roidt served as an assistant professor of sociology at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., and as a replacement faculty member at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.
Roidt received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Kent State University and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Vickie, have two adult children.