The NDUS System Office recently gained two new faces – Richard Rothaus, Ph.D., and Jennifer Weber.
Richard Rothaus, Ph.D.
Rothaus serves as the director of academic programs, research and accreditation. In this role, he assists the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs in the ongoing implementation of
NDUS policies, procedures and initiatives associated with academic programs, research and accreditation. A large portion of this role involves reviewing and coordinating proposals from the NDUS campuses and tracking programs that already exist.
Rothaus has lived all over the United States and overseas. He holds a B.A. from The Florida State University, a M.A. from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Most recently, Rothaus lived in Minnesota for many years. He served as a tenured full-professor of History and Assistant Vice President for Research at St. Cloud State University until 2008. Since 2008, he led Trefoil Cultural, a cultural resources management firm that focused on the history and archaeology of the Northern Plains. Rothaus is also a research assistant at the Center for Heritage Renewal at North Dakota State University.
“North Dakota is one of the fastest growing places in the country, so it is a treat to be able to be part of that excitement,” said Rothaus. “Between my faculty, administration and private sector work, I have developed a wide array of skill sets and I’m glad to have a chance to put them to work.”
Interestingly, Rothaus recently participated in the archaeological excavation of the “Atari Graveyard,” a dumping ground for unsellable Atari video game cartridges, in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He co-authored an article recounting their excavation for The Atlantic.
Jennifer Weber, M.S.
Jennifer Weber took on the position of research analyst. In this role, she is responsible for data collection, analysis and reporting for the university system. She holds a B.A. in secondary science education from Indiana State University, a M.S. in education from the University of North Dakota and is currently a graduate student in education – institutional analysis through North Dakota State University.
For the past twelve years, Weber served as the technology training and data and assessment coordinator for the Bismarck Public Schools. Prior to that, she was worked with the North Dakota Teaching with Technology Initiative, taught math, science and information technology at United Tribes Technical College, and even taught high school chemistry and physics.
Originally from Indiana, Weber is the fourth of six siblings – all who work in STEM careers. She relocated to Bismarck in 1991, and has lived here with her two daughters ever since.
“I am most looking forward to meeting people, learning new things and expanding my knowledge in data analysis and reporting,” said Weber. “As an educator, I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to be part of the university system where my work can possibly impact outcomes for students.”