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Maura Devlin, PhD

Associate Vice President and Dean, Undergraduate Studies

PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; MPPA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst: BA, Colgate University

Maura Devlin, Ph.D. has a long history of working in support of adult women’s education. Her tenure at Bay Path has included the roles of Director of Student and Career Services for the One Day a Week College Saturday Program, Director of Liberal Studies for The American Women’s College, and Deputy Chief Learning Officer for The American Women’s College. In her former role as Deputy Chief Learning Officer, she oversaw 40 academic programs, 17 of which she brought to fruition after taking on the role in 2016. As Deputy Chief Learning Officer, she was responsible for the academic, advising, and enrollment teams that help bring online education to over 1600 adult women annually. These same students inspired Dr. Devlin when writing her doctoral dissertation, entitled "When Mom Goes to School: Maternal Education and Intergenerational Mobility".

In 2020, Dr. Devlin transitioned to her current role as Associate VP and Dean, Undergraduate Studies, where she oversees the academic and advising functions that serve Bay Path’s entire undergraduate student body, including both traditional, residential students and adult students earning bachelor’s degrees primarily online. Under this new role of bringing traditional undergraduate studies and The American Women’s College together, Dr. Devlin is working alongside undergraduate faculty, academic program directors, and staff to fulfill the University’s Title III grant, “Learning for the 21st Century: Reshaping the Student Experience.” This grant will allow the University to develop guided pathways for students, reframe student support, and leverage integrated technology to support the student learning experience.

A seasoned writer and presenter, Dr. Devlin has co-authored several book chapters and journal articles, including the article “Using Data Holistically to Create a Student Support Safety Net” in Change Magazine, and the chapter “Promoting Student Engagement in Data Driven Practices” in the forthcoming book International Perspectives on Supporting and Engaging Online Learners. In 2018 she, along with Bay Path colleagues, was awarded the Online Learning Consortium Digital Learning Innovation Award for her Faculty Led Team for Scaling Adaptive Learning for a Predominantly Low-Income and Diverse Population of Adult Women Undergraduates in a Centralized Course Management Model: Capitalizing on OER Adoptions to Lower Costs and Improve Learning. In August 2020, Dr. Devlin and the TAWC team were named as a finalist for the prestigious Delphi Award from USC’s Pullias Center for Higher Education for TAWC’s comprehensive approach to supporting and mentoring adjunct faculty.

Dr. Devlin earned a PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Massachusetts, a Master Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations/French from Colgate University. She is a current Executive Board Member of the American Council on Education National Network of Women Leaders - Massachusetts Chapter, serves on the Board of Trustees for Storrs Library in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the New England Educational Assessment Network, and the Western Massachusetts Regional Employment Board Healthcare Partnership.