David P. Szatmary (born May 27, 1951) is an educator, author on various subjects, and an educational entrepreneur.

David P. Szatmary
Vice Provost of the
University of Washington Educational Outreach
In office
1999 – November 1, 2014
Personal details
Born (1951-05-27) May 27, 1951 (age 68)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Educator and authorEdit

Born in Milwaukee, Szatmary earned a baccalaureate degree from Marquette University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American history from Rutgers University. In 1979-80, he taught in the History Department at the University of Arizona as an Assistant Professor. Based upon his academic work, he published Shays' Rebellion: The Making of an Agrarian Insurrection (University of Massachusetts, 1980), which remains in print.[1] He consulted on the Calliope production of the movie Shays' Rebellion, and more recently was featured in a History Channel program about the rebellion and its importance to the formation of the U.S. Constitution.[2]

From 1980 to 1984, Szatmary managed a chain of music stores in Washington and California, helping to grow the business from three stores in Washington to ten stores on the West Coast. Combining his history expertise with his experience in the music business, he wrote Rockin’ In Time: A Social History of Rock and Roll, published by Prentice-Hall, now in its eighth edition.[3] He also wrote A Time to Rock (Schirmer, 1985)[4] and taught classes at the University of Washington and University of Arizona on the same topic. He finished a book on the social history of jazz. In addition, he has authored more than 300 reviews of music and history books for publications such as Library Journal and contributed to multiple editions of the All-Music Guide.[5][6]

In 1984, Szatmary joined the University of Washington (UW), the nationally ranked public research institution based in Seattle, Washington, in the university's continuing and professional education unit, University of Washington Educational Outreach.[7] Credited with developing the first certificate program at the UW, he added 60 more certificate programs and helped establish more than 35 degree programs during the next 24 years. Since 1999,[8] He served as Vice Provost of UW Educational Outreach, which includes UW Professional and Continuing Education.[citation needed]

UW Educational Outreach serves as a gateway to the community, granting alternate points of access to the UW for nontraditional students, most of them working adults.[citation needed] Under Szatmary's leadership, UW Educational Outreach emerged as a national leader in the field of professional education with a series of innovative programs and partnerships. In 2013, UW Educational Outreach served more than 50,000 students with more than 6,000 programs and courses. The organization attracted nearly 75,000 enrollments and posted gross revenues of nearly $138.6 million.[citation needed]

By 2014, Szatmary oversaw a staff of more than 250 engaged in development and administration of the UW’s evening undergraduate degree completion program; 79 professionally focused master’s and doctoral degrees; and UW summer quarter.[citation needed] He had general responsibility more than 120 certificate programs in the areas of biotech/biomedical, building construction, business, computing and information technology, education, engineering, health/social work, law and regulation, and the nonprofit/public sector. In addition, UW Educational Outreach administers international programs, community partnerships, online learning, conferences and workshops, programs for youth and K-12 educators, and English language programs (English as a Foreign or Second Language).[citation needed]

Educational entrepreneurEdit

Szatmary has been an innovative educational entrepreneur by creating partnerships with other educational institutions, corporations and international organizations. In 2003, he started R1edu.org, a consortium of 34 Research I universities and AAU institutions that provide online learning opportunities.[9] and He also initiated OpenUW, a series of 12 free, open-source online programs available to the public in partnership with the Learning Network, a Pearson-owned company.

In 2005, Szatmary helped organize Actions, Solutions, Growth: University Partners (ASG). ASG is a partnership of a dozen continuing education leaders at large nonprofit and for-profit universities in North America. The group collaborates on a variety of initiatives, including the development of joint educational programs. Current ASG programs include a certificate program in Biotechnology Project Management with the University of Washington and University of California, San Diego and a certificate program in Decision Making for Climate Change jointly created by the University of Washington, University of California, Irvine, the University of British Columbia Continuing Studies Centre for Sustainability and Northwestern University.

Szatmary has forged partnerships between University of Washington Educational Outreach and organizations including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Pearson/Prentice-Hall Publishing. Notable corporate partnerships include the UW-Boeing relationship.

Szatmary has been instrumental in building a partnership with the United Arab Emirates Academy in Abu Dhabi. Since February 2007, University of Washington Educational Outreach has provided professional certificate programs in the IBDAA program for young job seekers. This partnership marks the first time the University of Washington has established a base abroad to teach foreign nationals in their home country.[10]

Szatmary has served as the principal investigator for more than $6 million in grants, allowing UW Educational Outreach to provide online programs in technology and other subject areas. From 2012 to 2014, he worked on a nearly $1 million grant from Educause and the Gates Foundation to develop a low-cost online undergraduate program in the social sciences.[11][12]

Based upon his experience and accomplishments during the last 25 years, Szatmary has written articles and been asked to comment about different aspects of online learning and types of partnership and collaboration models.[13]

Szatmary became a leader in the development and dissemination of MOOCs, massive open online courses, leading the University of Washington as one of the first institutions to contribute to Coursera and EdX. He has been quoted about the topic in such publications as the New York Times, The Chronicle of Education and Inside Higher Education as well as other publications.[14][15][16][17][18]

In addition to his work on MOOCs, Szatmary has become well-known for his development of effective and efficient budget models in higher education. He developed a blueprint for successful continuing education budgeting and financial management in his article, "Activity-Based Budgeting in Higher Education." [19]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Szatmary, D. P. (1980). Shays' Rebellion: The making of an agrarian insurrection. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.
  2. ^ bambu32 (2 October 2012). "shay's rebellion". Youtube.com. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  3. ^ Szatmary, D. P. (1987, 1991, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2014). Rockin' in Time: A Social History of Rock-and-Roll. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall. Eight editions.
  4. ^ Szatmary, D. P. (1996). A Time to Rock: A Social History of Rock and Roll. New York: Schirmer Books.
  5. ^ For example: Szatmary, David (1994), Ron Wynn (ed.), All Music Guide to Jazz, M. Erlewine, V. Bogdanov, San Francisco: Miller Freeman, p. 144, ISBN 0-87930-308-5
  6. ^ Szatmary, David. "Review of Rock Star", LibraryJournal.com, September 12, 2014.
  7. ^ The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. June 12, 1992.
  8. ^ The Seattle Times. "On the Move", seattletimes.nwsource.com, March 27, 2000.
  9. ^ Williams, David. D., Howell, Scott and Hricko, Mary, eds. (2006) Online Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation: Emerging Practices. 79-82. London, Information Science Publishing.
  10. ^ O'Donnell, Catherine. "UW Will Expand Certificate Programs in Abu Dhabi". UW Today. June 5, 2008.
  11. ^ Lederman, Doug. "Educause, Gates Unveil Grants for 'Breakthrough' Models.Inside Higher Education. October 18, 2012.
  12. ^ McElroy, Molly. "UW Launches Online Bachelor's Degree Completion Program in Social Sciences". UW Today. March 31, 2014.
  13. ^ Szatmary, D. (2000). The Internet, Partnerships, and Online Education. Continuing Higher Education Review. 64, 43-46.
  14. ^ Lewin, Tamar. "Universities Reshaping Education on the Web". New York Times. July 17, 2012.
  15. ^ Rivard, Ry. "No-Bid MOOCs. Inside Higher Education. July 17, 2013.
  16. ^ Long, Katherine. "UW Expands Online Courses, This Time from Harvard, MIT". Seattle Times. May 21, 2013.
  17. ^ "Coursera Shakes Up Higher Education, adds 12 US and European Institutions". ICEF Monitor. July 18, 2012.
  18. ^ Young, Jeffrey. "Inside the Coursera Contract: How an Upstart Company Might Profit from Free Courses". The Chronicle of Higher Education. July 19, 2012.
  19. ^ Szatmary, David. (Fall 2011) Activity-Based Budgeting in Higher Education. Continuing Higher Education Review. 75, 69-85.


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