The Online Learning & Strategy Team

Daria LaTorre, J.D., Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives
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Daria LaTorre has over 20 years of experience in higher education with a sustained record of excellence in academic leadership. She has a deep understanding of Catholic education and a liberal arts education that is mission driven combined with practical application. Daria is a leader in community engagement and is driven by the University mission: To serve God by serving students. She believes in collaboration to build success in online education across the university at all organizational levels.

Daria has developed and taught online courses. She earned her J.D. From the Villanova University School of Law. She is committed to academic excellence and student satisfaction.

Mary Parish, Ph.D., Associate Director of Online Learning & Strategy
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Possessing a strong background in management and administration, and extensive experience in operationalizing new programs, process innovation, and project management, Mary supports the development, implementation, assessment, and continuing improvement of the online education initiatives at Duquesne. She has more than ten years experience as a graduate student and instructor at Duquesne, including a role in the development of several distance learning courses for the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) program.

Mary earned her Ph.D. In English at Duquesne. She has also earned an M.A. in English from Duquesne, a Master in Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, a Master in Public Administration from Seton Hall University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Mark Prestopnik, M.S., Assistant Director of Online Teaching & Learning
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Mark focuses on ensuring high standards of excellence and student achievement of course learning objectives for online courses at Duquesne. He supports deans and departmental chairs with program development and implementation, as well as faculty with course design and delivery. He is a facilitator for the Foundations in Online Teaching & Learning professional development course.

Mark teaches has over 15 years' experience in online instruction, faculty development and adult education. Mark earned a M.S. in Leadership degree with a concentration in Liberal Studies from Duquesne. He has worked for Duquesne since 2005.

Jean Reith, Assistant to the Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives Jean Reith
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