Big Ideas Fest Speakers

Marie Cini, PhD

Marie Cini, PhD

Marie Cini, PhD, is the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at UMUC. Prior to her current position, Dr. Cini was the vice president and dean for the Undergraduate School at UMUC. She joined UMUC in February, 2008.

Dr. Cini has a broad academic background as an instructor and scholar, as well as administrative experience in both undergraduate and graduate program development and management.

After earning a PhD and a master's degree in social psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a master's degree in counselor education from the Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Cini began her career in higher education teaching adult students. She later administered programs for adults at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, followed by roles at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey, and more recently as associate vice president for Academic Affairs and interim dean of the School of Management at City University of Seattle.

Dr. Cini has published and presented extensively on the topics of authentic assessment and academic integrity, leadership development in adult learners, retention and adult learners, and curriculum design for adult students. Her current interest is focused on the next generation of technologically-enabled post-secondary education.