Richard Roberts, M.S.
Richard Roberts is Executive Director of Academic Program Support and Online Learning for the Division of Lifelong Learning (DLL) at the University of Maine. He has worked in higher education for over ten years serving students in a variety of roles such as advising, academic success coaching, teaching, curriculum development, and student success programming. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in educational policy studies, both from the University of Kentucky.
Richard’s higher education experiences have mirrored his passion and commitment to student service with opportunities to work on a variety of student success programming initiatives. He was a first-generation college student who struggled during the early years of his undergraduate degree, returning to finish after a significant amount of time out of school. While earning his master’s degree, he focused on learning more about ways to help students be successful at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
In addition to his overall higher education experience, Richard had some unique opportunities to work with students on the transition from undergraduate to graduate programs, helping students seek out programs that are a good fit, and navigating the application/admissions process from start to finish.
Prior to joining the UMaine DLL team, Richard worked for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a large part of his role was to advise students in degree completion, graduate program selection, and application, career preparation, and student success strategies and programming in the field of psychology. He also worked for the University of Kentucky in a pre-professional advising and recruitment role, helping students apply to and gain admission into various health care fields such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, physician assistant, and communication sciences and disorders.