Academics

About Our Dean

Philip DiSalvio is the founding dean of the College of Advancing and Professional Studies. Dean DiSalvio holds an EdD from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, a post-doctoral Robert Wood Johnson Faculty Fellowship in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins University, an MEd from Northeastern University and a BA from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Dean DiSalvio brings his more than 30 years of experience in graduate teaching and academic leadership to bear as the College of Advancing and Professional Studies expands and explores new and exciting ways to provide the highest levels of education to learners regionally, nationally and globally. Leading the charge into new and innovative ways for learners to advance their professional careers and to explore new horizons, DiSalvio is frequently interviewed by local and national media on higher education trends, and speaks extensively on the transformations happening in higher education today.

Dean DiSalvio has been a featured panelist at the annual WBZ Business Breakfast (“Frontiers of Higher Education: New Technologies, Opportunities and Challenges,” a speaker at the New England Board of Higher Education conference “The University Unbound: Can Higher Education Compete and Survive the Age of Free and Open Learning?”, and a speaker at a TEDx Kendall Square ED event (“Innovation in Education”). A featured presenter at such conferences as the University Professional & Continuing Education Association Annual Conference, the University Professional & Continuing Education Association Marketing Seminars, and the Annual Sloan-C International Conferences on Online Learning, he has also served as a lecturer for Academic Leader Magna Online Seminars and speaker at the Association of University Programs in Health Administration Annual Leaders Conference.

Dean DiSalvio writes on the structural changes and challenges facing higher education and his articles in the New England Journal of Higher Education and series of interviews and commentaries with key visionaries examining emerging higher education issues and trends in The New England Journal of Higher Education have been cited nationally as informative and ground-breaking.

Recent publications include a series of interviews and commentaries with key visionaries examining emerging higher education issues for the New England Journal of Higher Education (“New Directions in Higher Education”). Other articles for the New England Journal of Higher Education examining the transforming changes in higher series include “Degrees of Durability and the New World of Credentialing;” “Bubble Wrap: Higher Education and the Value Gap;” “Pardon the Disruption … Innovation Changes How We Think About Higher Education;” “Shifting Landscapes, Changing Assumptions Reshape Higher Education;” and “Will MITx Change How We Think About Higher Education?” Other recent publications include “University of Massachusetts Boston: Reconstituting a Continuing Education Division to a Degree-Granting Academic Unit” in the Continuing Higher Education Review and “Structural Organizational Change — Reconstituting a Division into a College,” in Inside Track and “Organizational Autonomy and the Continuing Education Unit” and “Breaking with Tradition: The Future of Continuing Higher Education” in The EvoLLLution.

Dean DiSalvio is frequently interviewed by local and national media on higher education trends speaking on the transformations occurring in higher education. He has been interviewed and cited in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, WGBH public radio, MSN.com, United Press International, Education Week, the Wall Street Journal, CBS MarketWatch and Salon.com.