Ronald L. Dotterer, Ph.D., Professor of English at Salisbury University, is currently in his 35th year in higher education, having served previously as Dean of the Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts at Salisbury University (1993-2001). As chief academic and executive officer of SU's largest school he was responsible for developing 11 departments in the humanities, fine arts and social sciences, with 101 full-time and 65 part-time faculty, three graduate programs and 1,725 students. Professor Dotterer has taught fifteen different courses in the curriculum over the past five years: a graduate seminar in Yeats and Joyce, Shakespeare, understanding poetry, comparative world mythology, a two-course sequence in world literature from beginnings to contemporary times, British literature since 1900, American literature since 1945, nature in literature, short story, and a course on the themes of love and power in literature. He chaired Salisbury University's Reaccreditation Self Study for the Middle States Higher Education Commission (2004-06).
Professor Dotterer came to SU after 21 years at Susquehanna University
(1972-93), where he was assistant to the president, founded and directed the Honors Program
(1981-89 and 1993), chaired the Department of English (1989-93), and was Professor of English.
In October 2002 he was honored at Susquehanna University for his role in
founding their Honors Program, then celebrating its 20th anniversary, and for
his design of its interdisciplinary and undergraduate research
curriculum, both still in operation.
Awarded an A.B. with honors in English from Bucknell University, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature, both with highest honors, from Columbia University. Professor Dotterer was an American Council of Education Fellow (1987-88), editor of Susquehanna University Studies, an annual interdisciplinary journal (1985-94), and a Educational Leadership Program fellow (2001). He has served as a consultant to more than thirty-five campuses on beginning, strengthening, and assessing undergraduate research programs, and has also done work in this regard for the National Science Foundation, the Council for Undergraduate Research, and the American Association of Colleges and Universities.
He has taught at University College, Oxford, and is author or editor of seven books on Shakespeare; Irish
literature; Jewish settlement and community in the modern world; women, the arts and society; and film,
individualism and community. Recent articles include those on Irish writers and
on undergraduate research as a pedagogical reform. Professor Dotterer has received 24 grants, including three from the National Endowment for the Humanities and
eight from the Maryland State Department of Education. He is the winner of the Christian and Mary Lindback
Distinguished Teaching Award, the John Horn Lectureship for Scholarly Achievement, and the Phoenix Award
for Editorial Achievement given by the Council of Editors of Literary Journals.
In April 2000 he was elected Chair of the Board of Governors for the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and was re-elected in 2001. A member of the board for the maximum six-year term (1996-2002), in 2006 he was re-elected for a third three-year term (2006-09). He chaired NCURís Site Selection and Conference Oversight Committee (1998-2000) and hosted the 1998 NCUR conference at Salisbury University. He is the host of NCUR 2008, which will return to Salisbury April 10-12, 2008. He was an active participant in the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, regularly presenting workshops and case studies for deans and other academic leaders on arts and science colleges and professional schools and their interconnections, particularly teacher preparation.
For eight years he chaired the National Collegiate Honor Council's (NCHC's) Publications Board, the group responsible for two journals, the National Honors Report and Forum for Honors, as well as books and monographs published by NCHC. He served on NCHC's Executive Committee, chaired its Small College Committee, its Finance Committee and served on its Investments, Nominating, Conference Planning, and Teaching and Learning Committees. He chaired a task force that developed a strategic plan for the organization's publications, serving on another focusing on the annual meeting and its role in the organization. He taught "Beginning in Honors," a course for new honors directors and new programs, at 19 successive national conferences. Professor Dotterer has been president, vice-president and executive committee member of the Northeast region of NCHC. His articles for the National Honors Report include "Assessment: A Retrospective Look" and "Faculty and Administrators." He wrote a portion of the NCHC Honors Programs in Smaller Colleges and "Leading and Following: Pathways for Honors" and "Honors and the 'Typical' First Year Student." He has evaluated and served as a consultant for more than forty honors programs, and has presented conference workshops on assessment, collaborative learning, honors curricula, race and gender issues, the senior year experience, undergraduate research, expectations of the first college year, film and various social, political and psychological issues, and leadership issues throughout higher education.
He is founder of the Alliance for the Advancement of Undergraduate Research Activities (AAURA). a professional organization of individuals and organizations interested in furthering inquiry-based learning. For the past six years he has been the convener of annual summit meetings of twelve professional organizations, including Phi Beta Kappa, interested in advancing the national agenda on undergraduate research. He co-ordinated and authored the Joint Statement on Undergraduate Research Activities, endorsed by the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, the Council for Undergraduate Research, and Project Kaleidoscope.