Stephen Atkins accepts position at Potomac State College

Potomac State College of West Virginia University is pleased to announce that Stephen Atkins, Ph.D., has accepted the position of Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness.

In this position, Dr. Atkins will work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students at the College to plan, develop, implement, and provide timely updates and reports on institutional and program-level assessment. 

Stephen Atkins
Stephen Atkins, Ph.D

Dr. Atkins previously held the positon of associate auditor and consultant with ISO Quest Quality Services in St. Petersburg, Fla. where he served for four years.  Prior to that position, he was employed at Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers, Fla. for five years where he served as district vice president of the Academic and Student Affairs Office.  He also owned The Florida Center for Mathematical Coaching and Consulting, a private tutoring and consulting service. 

Other experiences include serving as an academic and student affairs vice president, an arts and sciences dean and as a mathematics and physics instructor, all at Surry Community College in Dobson, N.C.  He has also taught several undergraduate- and graduate-level courses as an adjunct professor in several universities in North Carolina and Florida.

Dr. Atkins has made countless presentations at workshops and conducted special presentations at the request of various community colleges.  He has been published both nationally and internationally and has taught at many professional development conferences on subjects ranging from Critical Thinking, and General Education Outcomes to Reaffirmation of Accreditation.

Dr. Atkins serves as a member of the advisory boards for both the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Graduate Programs in Higher Education Administration.  He has also served as an originator and host, facilitator, and lead evaluator for various accrediting bodies, as well as serving as a member of numerous committees. Additionally, Dr. Atkins has authored a variety of grants totaling more than $1 million dollars and co-authored several more.

Dr. Atkins earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Elon University in Elon, N.C.; a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and a doctor of philosophy in curriculum and instruction at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

He is also a program scholar with the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  ICPSR is renowned for being globally recognized as the preeminent forum for basic and advanced training in the methodologies and technologies of social science research.   Dr. Atkins’ study included Maximum Likelihood Estimation, Time Series Analysis and Advanced Linear Regression.

Dr. Atkins is currently enrolled in the Specialization Track for Data Scientists at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.