Welcome from the Vice Provost. Picture of Charles Taber

Welcome to the School of Professional Development at Stony Brook University!

Whether you are already part of our academic family or considering the possibility of joining us, I invite you to explore our Web site to understand the pivotal role the School of Professional Development plays in the academic and service missions of our University.

Graduate and professional education is an important investment in your future, and I believe that our academic community is just the right place for you. Earning a master's degree, certificate, or other professional credential will bring personal satisfaction and make you more competitive in today's challenging employment market. As a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and with our partnerships with Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, we offer a unique opportunity to learn from world-class faculty. SPD is the home of Stony Brook's graduate programs in education, and we offer other continuing education opportunities for working professionals.

As graduate and professional students, you are my number one priority and I am committed to providing the environment and resources you need to succeed. Whether you take our courses in traditional face-to-face, online, or hybrid formats, whether you are a recent graduate or are returning to school after many years away from college, whether you attend full- or part-time, I know that you will find the support and guidance you need from the SPD staff and faculty.

I have been a faculty member at Stony Brook University since 1989, and I have been involved in graduate education for most of that time. It has been a wonderful journey, and I am very excited about this new opportunity in the School of Professional Development!

Charles Taber, PhD
Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education


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