Susan retired from the School of the Arts in Spring 2016.
Susan Roth is Senior Associate Dean in the School of the Arts at VCU. She leads the Research & Entrepreneurship team and other administrative initiatives. She previously served as Dean, Faculty of Design at Ontario College of Art & Design, Interim Director of VCU’s da Vinci Center, and Chair of Design at Ohio State University among other positions.Professor Roth is an elected member of the Commission on Accreditation, National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and has served as Vice President, member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Council of Arts Accrediting Associations. She served as a member of NASAD’s Working Group on the Future of Design and Design Education. In 2009 she was invited by the Design Exchange in Toronto to serve as co-chair of a committee exploring development a national design policy.She co-founded and co-directed the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Art & Design at Ohio State with programming by noted scholars, scientists, artists, and designers partially funded by a grant from the Battelle Endowment for Technology & Human Affairs and co-edited Beauty Is Nowhere: Ethical Issues in Art and Design (1998; Routledge). She is a member of the Advisory Panel for Iridescent, ICOGRADA Journal of Design Research published by the International Council of Communication Design, and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Visual Literacy.
She has published and presented nationally and internationally on design research, interdisciplinary education, and the design and usability of voting systems. Her human centered research on voting systems was widely covered in the media following the Presidential election of 2000 resulting in invitations to testify before the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, participate in broadcast media events, and present findings to state and federal agencies. She served as an expert reviewer and member of the Project Advisory Board for the NSF-funded “Project to Assess Voting Technology and Ballot Design” at the Center for American Politics & Citizenship, University of Maryland. Her research has been cited in the Columbia Journalism Review, New Yorker, Financial Times, reports by the Congressional Research Service/Library of Congress, National Institutes of Standards and Technology, and referenced by the Social Science Information Gateway (UK), Visual Language Project at Stanford, the Digital Voting Group, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University Graduate School of Education and others.
She received a Master’s degree in design from The Ohio State University and BFA in Art from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.