Peter Diplock has been named as the inaugural Vice Provost for Continuing, Professional, and Executive Education at Stony Brook University, following an extensive national search. Diplock is currently at the University of Connecticut, where he serves as Associate Vice Provost for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. He will join Stony Brook in early August.
“Peter brings to this role a critical blend of skills and experiences that will support a collaborative and innovative ecosystem across the expanses of continuing, professional, and executive education at the university,” said Carl Lejuez, provost and executive vice president. “He is enthusiastic about this opportunity to work with our outstanding team from the School of Professional Development and with the many partners who make our programs possible.”
“Stony Brook is extremely well situated to accelerate its momentum across the key domains of entrepreneurial academic program development, K-12 teacher preparation, educational leadership preparation, and corporate and executive education, and I look forward to collaborating with the motivated and talented staff in SPD and across the university to drive academic program and student success,” Diplock said.
At UConn, he has been responsible for developing the infrastructure and vision to facilitate success and growth of mission-aligned online and entrepreneurial academic programs. Under his leadership, he synthesized intersecting capabilities in faculty development, instructional design, and educational technologies, and since 2012 has been responsible for the development of more than 50 graduate programs and 450 online courses. This includes a series of innovative free 1-credit “pop-up courses,” with a multi-disciplinary focus on a variety of critical topics such as COVID-19, climate change, and a series of anti-racism courses.
In addition, Diplock oversees UConn’s summer and winter academic programs, Early College Experience and Pre-College summer programs. In 2020, he established the Office of Continuing and Professional Education to advance the university’s efforts to support workforce development initiatives in Connecticut and launched the Office of Academic Program Assessment to support university efforts toward academic program outcome assessment and accreditation. He is a co-PI on two NSF grants, a $2.25 million project to study the impact of an innovative STEM service-learning model, and a $2 million project to advance inclusive teaching and learning for neurodiverse engineering students. He is also a co-PI on a $575K HHMI grant to promote Inclusive and Equity Minded teaching and learning.
At UConn since 2007, Diplock previously served as the director of the Master of Professional Studies Program, director and associate director of the Center for Continuing Studies, and director of the Bachelor of General Studies degree program. He has also held faculty positions in the Schools of Business at St. Joseph’s University and Clarkson University. Diplock earned a PhD in management and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, and a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Western Ontario. He is also adjunct faculty in the Department of Management in the School of Business at UConn.
In an email to university faculty and staff announcing Diplock’s appointment, Lejuez thanked the search committee and its co-chairs, Elizabeth Newman, Vice Provost for Curriculum and Undergraduate Education, and Pat Bruckenthal, Dean of the School of Nursing. He also noted that in leading continuing, professional, and executive education at Stony Brook, Diplock will rely upon a close partnership with Pat Malone, Associate Vice President for Professional Education and Assistant Provost for Engaged Learning for the School of Professional Development. Lejuez highlighted Malone’s leadership in establishing programs, relationships, and other initiatives to advance the economic development and educational ecosystem across Long Island and beyond.