As director, Robertson will oversee the IdEA program and implement new courses into the program.
Robertson received his B.S. from Drury University, his master's degree in communications from Missouri State University and his Ph.D. in political communication from the University of Oklahoma.
Robertson will continue to serve as chair of communication studies and teach for both the IdEA and communication programs at USD.
"I am very excited about being appointed to lead this program because it allows students to understand the world in a real and interdisciplinary way," said Robertson. "I feel the value of the program cannot be overstated and I hope to bring a new excitement and dedication to the IdEA program."
The IdEA program allows students to select an interdisciplinary theme from a variety of majors in classes that are typically taught by faculty members across campus. The theme encompasses issues and ideas connected to several areas of study.
Students examine problems and issues together and learn the varying approaches and perspectives. After completing six credit hours of the program, each student must complete an action component which allows them to put what they have learned into action by engaging in service-learning, research, or creative activity, either separately or as part of the capstone class, to satisfy the requirements of the IdEA program.