Stony Brook University’s School of Professional Development (SPD) has appointed Davinder Kaur to further develop its successful online learning program. As Assistant Dean for Online Learning, Kaur will build upon SPD’s tradition of creating educational opportunities for working professionals. The School, which scheduled its first online courses nearly 20 years ago, now offers eight fully online master’s degree and graduate certificate programs.
Kaur brings to the position a wealth of higher education and project management experience, having spent the past six years as a program director at the Metropolitan College of New York, where she managed the development, assessment and support of online courses within its business school. Her new appointment signals an enhanced entrepreneurial focus for SPD, which plans to diversify its online offerings and develop more industry partnerships.
“As we enter a new phase of SPD’s service to the broad professional and continuing education needs of our communities, Ms. Kaur’s experience and vision will be invaluable,” said Charles Taber, Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education at Stony Brook University.
“We are fortunate to have attracted such a dynamic and experienced individual for this important position,” added Ken Lindblom, SPD’s Associate Dean for Academic Programs. “I look forward to what is sure to be an exciting time of growth and innovation in SPD’s online learning program.”
“The School of Professional Development has been a leader in online education, and I plan to support and enhance sustainable growth via new technologies,” said Kaur. “My focus will be on building a strategic plan for online program offerings in partnership with faculty, staff and academic departments across the University and SUNY system.”
Kaur holds a Bachelor of Computer Information Systems from DeVry College of New York and a Master of Project Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management. She holds specialized industry certifications from the Quality Matters Program and the Online Learning Consortium, and serves as a mentor and evaluator for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.