Monique LaRocque, Ph.D.

Monique LaRocque has served as Associate Provost for the Division of Lifelong Learning at the University of Maine since July 2014. The Division’s primary mission is to create greater access to UMaine’s broad array of degree programs and certificates through innovative course design and flexible scheduling and formats throughout the year, as well as provide faculty support in the development of innovative pedagogies, particularly in the use of technology.

As a member of UMaine’s Academic Affairs’ Senior Leadership Team, LaRocque provides vision and leadership for the Division, in support of the University’s mission. She has launched a number of university-wide initiatives that have had significant impact on enrollments and on faculty and student support services including: a restructuring and branding of UMaineOnline, the creation of  an online WinterSession, creation of a Think 30 strategy—a Provost initiative to support students graduating in 4 years; and the creation of a new Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), which supports all faculty in innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Most recently, and in partnership with the Graduate School, LaRocque is leading the UMaineGOLD initiative, an innovative approach to developing and offering new graduate professional degree programs online.

Prior to UM, LaRocque served as Associate Dean of Academic Outreach and then Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Education at the University of Southern Maine; Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Winter Term at DePauw University, and Academic Program Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Core Program at Butler University. LaRocque has also held teaching positions at DePauw University, Butler University, and Indiana University.

DLL is home to The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), UMaineOnline, Summer University and Winter Session, The Bachelor of University Studies, College Success Programs, the Hutchinson Center–an outreach campus in Belfast, ME, and Conferences and Institutes.

Education

Ph.D.
Comparative Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

M.A.
Comparative Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

M.A.
French, Middlebury College, Paris, France

B.A.
Double Major: International Affairs/Spanish and Modern Languages (French and German)
University of Maine
Phi Beta Kappa 

Select Professional Conference Presentations

“Professional Masters – Collaborative Development of Standards for Excellence in Online Graduate Professional Programs,” (with K. Kidwai), UPCEA Showcase: UPCEA Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2018

“Online Winter Session and Think 30,” NAASS:  Building Bridges for Student Success, Pittsburgh, PA, 2017

“A Conversation with the Drafters of the New UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Professional and Continuing Education,” (with H. Lambert and K. Sibley), General Session, UPCEA New England: Navigating Pathways for Student Success, Portland, ME, 2017

“Program Management & Innovation Cafe: Let’s Talk!” UPCEA National Conference: Own the Moment, Miami, FL, 2014

“Benchmarking Summer, Winter, and Inter-Session: What’s Next?,” UPCEA National Conference: Miami, FL, 2014

“Innovating our Way through Disruption: Case Studies from the University of Southern Maine and the University of Missouri,” UPCEA National Conference: Disruption 2.0, Boston, MA, 2013

“Data-driven Decision Making to Build Enrollment, Enhance Programming, and Improve Outcomes,” moderator.  UPCEA, Portland, OR, 2012

“Future of Online Learning” Summit. (by invitation) A Summit to chart a strategic direction for the role of online learning across the country. Chicago, IL, 2011

“Campus Politics and Degree Completion,” roundtable, North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS) annual conference, Portland, ME,  2010

Academic Publication and Conference Papers

“Decadent Desire: The Dream of Disembodiment in J.K. Huysmans’ A Rebours,” Feminist Ecocriticism: Environment, Women, and Literature.  93-104, Lexington Books, 2012.

“An Ecological Approach to Late 19th Century Decadence:  A Study of A Rebours, L’Eve future, and A Picture of Dorian Gray.” Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. April 10–13, 1997.

“The Aesthetic Space of the Late 19th Century Aesthete/Dandy in Huysmans’ Against the Grain and Wilde’s A Picture of Dorian Gray.” Annual Conference on Literature and Film.  Florida State University. Jan. 26–28, 1995.

“The Solipsistic World of Des Esseintes in Huysmans’ Against the Grain:  An Ecofeminist Reading.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Colorado State University. June 9-11, 1995.

“The Crisis of Cultural Identity on the Narrative Strategies of Two Women’s Autobiographies:  Marguerite Duras’ The Lover and Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior.” Conference on Language and Literature. Northern Illinois University.  March 25, 1995.