LaRocque Named Associate Provost for DLL

Monique LaRocque, executive director of Division of Professional and Continuing Education at the University of Southern Maine, has been named University of Maine associate provost for the Division of Lifelong Learning (DLL), effective July 1.

LaRocque replaces Lucille Zeph, who resigned as associate provost and DLL dean to allow her to focus solely on her duties as director of the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies at UMaine. For the past three years, Zeph had held both positions.

“Monique has a unique set of skills and experiences that match extremely well with UMaine’s needs at this time,” says Jeffrey Hecker, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Online courses, certificates and degree programs are growing pieces of the UMaine academic portfolio. Monique will lead our efforts to grow this portfolio intelligently, ensuring that our offerings match the needs of Maine and beyond, and are delivered with the highest quality.”

At UMaine, LaRocque will help develop online program offerings, particularly at the graduate level, and establish a team to support faculty developing online courses using state-of-the-art pedagogies. LaRocque also will lead the growth of UMaine’s Summer University.

LaRocque joined USM in 2004 as director of summer and winter session, and international programming. She served as associate dean of academic outreach from 2006–10, then as executive director of the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. Prior to joining USM, LaRocque served as assistant dean of academic affairs and director of winter term at DePauw University from 2001–04. She also has held positions at Butler University and Westbrook College.

LaRocque holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in comparative literature from Indiana University, and a second master’s in French from Middlebury College School in Paris, France.