Academic Gains through Improved Learning Effectiveness (AGILE)

Paul Dexter Ph.D., LCSW

Director of Academic Retention Initiatives

Office Location

222 Glickman Library




Students, faculty, and staff can conveniently schedule an appointment with Paul at (If you experience any technical or accessibility issues with this electronic calendar, please contact Paul at 207-780-5577 for assistance.)

Paul Dexter is originally from Beverly, Massachusetts. He began working for the University of Southern Maine in 1998. He attended Saint Michael’s College, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and earned his Master of Social Work degree from Salem State College. Paul completed his Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Muskie School of Public Service at USM, with his dissertation research on the relationship between student engagement and success among online undergraduates. In addition to his administrative position, Paul is a lecturer in both the Leadership & Organizational Studies program and the Adult & Higher Education program. He has also taught exploratory courses at USM such as Choices, Changes & Careers, Academic Self Management, and College & Career Success. Paul is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Maine, and is certified as a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner. He completed a certificate in online teaching from the Online Learning Consortium, and is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator.