Campus Leadership

Donald E. Pierson, Academic Affairs, Graduate School of Education

Vice Provost for Graduate Education; Professor, Curriculum & Instruction
Cumnock Hall, Second Floor

Research Interest


Educational Background

Ph.D. in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1970
Ed.M. in Research in Instruction, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1965
A.B. cum laude in Psychology,  Princeton University, 1964


Donald Pierson is the Vice Provost for Graduate Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His primary responsibility is to strengthen graduate programs, which have grown by 30 percent in the past three years. 

Pierson earned an A.B. in Psychology cum laude from Princeton University, a Masters in Education, Research in Instruction from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He has worked for IBM, served as an elementary school principal, conducted a ten year longitudinal study of early childhood education, and directed university partnerships with urban schools and community organizations. Prior to his current position at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, he served as Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Education for 18 years and as Interim Provost for one year. He has served as Principal Investigator for numerous public and private foundation grants, including Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Lowell Plan, Massachusetts Department of Education, Theodore Edson Parker Foundation, Jessie P. Cox Foundation, and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Pierson serves as System Coordinator of the Planning Committee for Professional Science Masters Programs at the University of Massachusetts, and he is a member of the Executive Board for the National Professional Science Masters Association. He is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Japan-U.S. Teacher Education Consortium (JUSTEC), and is Chair/Host of the September 11-14, 2011 23rd Annual Meeting for JUSTEC.

For Pierson's C.V., please see Donald E. Pierson, CV 2011.