New Faces at the College of Graduate Studies
Welcome, Jim! Tell us about what brought you to PSU.
I’ve worked in higher education for the last 25 years in a variety of positions ranging from residential life to career development to teacher education. I was attracted to the graduate certification coordinator position at the College of Graduate Studies for a number of reasons. The opportunity to have an impact on the preparation of future teachers in NH, as well as graduate students, was intriguing and something I’m passionate about. PSU (including the College of Graduate Studies), has wonderful values toward students and learning. As more and more institutions of higher education struggle with the business of change, PSU is able to constantly innovate and grow without losing sight of its history and tradition. To be a part of this organization is an exciting change for me.
Can you tell us more about what a certification coordinator does? How will you assist students?
In my position I will be working with students who are pursuing graduate programs that include a teaching certification component. In addition to meeting PSU’s academic expectations, the teacher certification programs prepare students to be eligible for recommendation to the New Hampshire Department of Education at the culmination of their program. My role provides me with the opportunity to meet with students who are thinking about a course of study, make sure they understand their program’s requirements, and work with them during their student teaching or practicum placement process.
You can reach James Kuras, graduate certification coordinator, at (603) 535-3344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.