Welcome to our Graduate Programming and Assessment Coordinator

Judy Cielieski

Judy Cielieski

Judy, can you tell us what brought you to Plymouth State? What is your background in the higher education field?

A job search, quite frankly, is what brought me to PSU. I was looking for a position that would allow me to remain in higher education. When I read the description for the graduate programming and assessment coordinator position, I knew this was a job I was uniquely qualified to fill, particularly given my decade of experience in higher education. I have to say I was thrilled when I was called and invited to come to the College of Graduate Studies for an interview. I enjoyed my conversations with George Tuthill and the search team very much, and left campus that lovely spring day with a very good feeling regarding my candidacy for this position.

Tell us a little bit about what you will be doing in your new position at the College of Graduate Studies.

My primary function is to work closely with the coordinators and advisors of all graduate programs, collaborating with them to ensure continued quality in the programs and helping them grow and evolve. Additionally, I will assist and support them with marketing and retention, with an eye toward program assessment. I’ve had several fruitful meetings thus far with many of the program coordinators and advisors. It’s been a pleasure to get to know them, learn about the programs they coordinate and advise, and it has provided me with a chance to think about the ways in which I can better serve as a resource to them. I am looking forward to working with and supporting them in the future.

What are your goals for this position? How do you see your new role impacting graduate students and/or faculty?

As I learn more about the programs in the College of Graduate Studies, I am beginning to refine my goals. I want to build professional, collegial relationships with the program coordinators and advisors, working with them with the best interests of the students in mind. I hope to collaborate with coordinators and advisors by engaging faculty and students in developing outcome-based assessment processes for their programs. Many programs already have such assessments in place: Exploring and analyzing the data from the assessment(s) facilitates continuous program improvement. Some programs have specific needs—I’d like coordinators of these programs to know they can come to me to work together to address needs, and what resolving those needs may entail. I’m looking forward to feedback from the folks I’ve met with, in terms of sharing rubrics and other assessments with me, to build and maintain a database of these items.

I’m also keenly interested in advising and how the role of an advisor can truly make a huge difference in the quality of academic experiences for our students. I look forward to information sharing, questions, and future meetings with the faculty and staff who connect with our students in the College of Graduate Studies. My ultimate goal is to work along side my colleagues to serve our students; student success is my priority.


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