Eric Shor and Tom Berlin take on vice presidential duties

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University is pleased to announce the promotion of two faculty members into the Office of the Provost.

Eric Shor, chair of the division of health science and the department of athletic training, and assistant professor of athletic training has been named as assistant vice president for institutional accreditation. As the accreditation liaison officer with the Higher Learning Commission, Shor will be working with regional accreditation standards by coordinating and overseeing HLC accreditation. Additionally, he will serve as an advisor to programs with discipline-specific accreditation requirements and will work closely with the institutional leadership in maintaining the standards of accreditation in all operational areas. Shor will continue to serve as the chair of the division of health science.

Tom Berlin, assistant professor of environmental science and chair of the natural sciences division, has been named as assistant vice president for academic assessment. Berlin will be responsible for work associated with student learning outcomes, program reviews and assessment activities associated with student learning, and coordinating the institutional efforts reflecting student learning outcomes.

Both are newly created positions reporting to the Provost, Joan Propst, who is looking forward to having both Berlin and Shor lend their respective skills to the positions as assistant vice presidents.

“The work they have been asked to assume primary leadership for is critical to the accreditation and assessment of student learning successes of the College,” said Propst. “Tom Berlin has been involved with the work of the Higher Learning Commission's Assessment Academy since its inception at AB, and Eric Shor's work with the accreditation of the athletic training program and the HLC self-study process have given both of them the perspective necessary to be champions for this work.”

Propst says that AB is privileged to have this talent among its ranks and it is going to enable the College to hit this work with an unprecedented urgency.
 “I'm very happy to have their expertise at this level of administration,” she said.

Berlin began his career at Alderson Broaddus University in 2003. His undergraduate background is Forest Science, with a B.S. from Penn State University. He is currently finishing a doctorate in Science Education from West Virginia University. Berlin’s academic and professional interests include Forest Ecology, Community Ecology, Sustainability, Physical and Earth Sciences, and Environmental Issues. Additionally, he has a strong interest and background in the application of aesthetic theory to problems of science and science education.

Eric Shor has been with AB since 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science with an emphasis in athletic training from Western Michigan University and a Master of Science degree in college teaching from North Eastern State University. Shor was granted tenure in 2006 and has a strong affinity for higher education, specifically in obtaining grants. He has helped write numerous grants and since his arrival, the athletic training program has received two major grants from the Dr. Scholl Foundation. In 2010, the department received new equipment, the HUMAC NORM Testing and Rehabilitation System, aiding in the rehabilitation and testing of student athletes from a $35,000 grant. The other grant helped the department purchase the HydroWorx functional aquatic therapy pool.

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