Meet the Provost

Diane Prusank, Ph.D.  Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

As the University’s chief academic officer, Dr. Prusank oversees academic life, staff, and programs. Since joining Westfield State University in 2008 she has served as dean of Undergraduate Studies, dean of Academic Programs and Accreditation, as chair and a faculty member in the Department of Communication, and most recently, as chief of staff in the Office of the President.

Prior to joining Westfield State, Dr. Prusank served as a faculty member, associate dean, and assistant provost at the University of Hartford.

She received her Ph.D. in communication from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Prusank is an active scholar researching in the area of media portrayal of personal relationships. She has served as a reviewer and member of the editorial board of several scholarly journals. Her most recent publications include a book chapter in Lifespan Communication and a co-authored article in The Howard Journal of Communication.