Faculty & Staff

Philip DiSalvio, EdD

Dean, College of Advancing and Professional Studies


photo of Philip DiSalvio

Areas of Expertise

Higher education leadership and policy, strategic planning, change management, fiscal management, advancement and development, disruptive technologies and online learning


Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdD
Northeastern University, MEd
University of Massachusetts Boston, BA
Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Philip DiSalvio is the founding dean of the College of Advancing and Professional Studies (formerly University College) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. As dean, he 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. Dean DiSalvio is leading the charge into new and innovative ways for learners to advance their professional careers and to explore new horizons.

Dean DiSalvio is frequently interviewed by local and national media on higher education trends, and speaks extensively on the transformations happening in higher education today. He writes broadly on the structural changes and challenges facing higher education, and his articles in the New England Journal of Higher Education and his 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 Presentations

“Disruptive Power of Technology in Higher Education,” Speaker and Education Technology Panel Moderator, Harvard China Education Symposium Annual Conference (May 2013)

WBZ Business Breakfast (“Frontiers of Higher Education: New Technologies, Opportunities and  Challenges” Featured panelist (3/19/13)

'What Do Research Universities Really Bring to the Online Learning Table?” Panelist, 18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning (October 2012)

“The University Unbound: Can Higher Education Compete and Survive the Age of Free and Open Learning?” New England Board of Higher Education, Speaker (October 2012)

“Reconstituting a Division into a College” Podcast, The Evolllution

“Reconstituting a Continuing Education Division to Degree-Granting Academic Unit: Opportunities & Challenges,” University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) 2012 Annual Conference

TEDx Kendall Square ED (“Innovation in Education”)  (9/27/12)

Building Your Adult Student Online Learning Capacity” Presenter, University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) 2011 Annual Conference

“Creating a Data Driven Web Analytic Recruitment Tool: Key Metrics for Better Decisions”  Presenter, University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) 19th Annual Marketing Seminar ( 2011)

“Pathways to Growth and Retention in an Evolving Organizational Restructure,” Poster Session, 16th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning (2010)

“Aligning Faculty Incentives with Shifting Modes of Delivery,” Featured Presenter, Academic Leader Magna Online Seminar (2008-2009)

Recent Media Interviews

“Why a Master’s Degree is Worth the Price,” Expert quote, Boston Sunday Globe (August 11, 2013)

“Finding New Education Pathways,” Expert quote, WGBH 89.7FM, Morning Edition (July 17, 2013)

“Connected to learning: Online classes transforming the college landscape,” Interview, Boston Herald (Nov 6, 2012)

WUMB 91.9 program Commonwealth Journal.  Featured interview on the topic of “The Paradigm Shift in Higher Education”

The EvoLLLution (online publication that addresses the impact of non-traditional programs on the higher education industry and society-at-large). Featured interview on the topic of “Restructuring and Organizational Realignment Strategies in Higher Education”

"Certificate Programs Increasing in Popularity," Interview, Boston Globe (May 6, 2012)

“Rewarding Careers that Serve the Public,” Interview, Boston Globe (March 25, 2012)

“Certificate Programs Multiplying - An Alternative to Degrees,” Interview, Boston Globe (October 9, 2011)