Ruth Huard, PhD
Dr. Ruth Huard is the Dean of the College of Professional and Global Education, serving as the leader for seven areas within the college: Professional Education (degree and non-credit programs), Study Abroad and Away, International Student and Scholar Services, International Gateways, International House, the Silicon Valley Center for Global Studies, and the Silicon Valley Center for Big Data and Cybersecurity. As Dean, she manages the administrative units of the college and is responsible for supporting over 11,000 students that participate in the professional education programs annually, as well as 3,200 international students.
With over 15 years of academic and professional experience in the areas of learning sciences and technology design, Dr. Huard has facilitated the growth of online teaching and learning opportunities for the SJSU community through academic entrepreneurship and accessible technologies. She has also managed the development and implementation of professional education programs for SJSU students and the broader community, including launching the high-demand (bottleneck) courses program as a means of increasing student access to critical courses.
Dr. Huard has held a variety of academic leadership positions at SJSU and the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She was an SJSU Salzburg Fellow in 2013. As a former faculty member at the University of Hawaii, she enjoyed teaching courses in emerging technologies, research methods and applied organizational communication and leadership. She started her professional career in the private industry, applying her entrepreneurial skills at Silicon Valley startup companies. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University where she conducted research in human-computer interaction and smart learning systems in the School of Education and in the Computer Science Department–Knowledge Systems AI Lab. While Dr. Huard is excited by emerging technologies, her interests and focus continue to be on the people that engage with the technology.
Namrata Shukla, MBA Finance
Associate Dean and Director of Operations and Finance
Namrata or "Nami" Shukla is the Associate Dean and Director of Operations & Finance for the College of Professional and Global Education. As the Associate Dean, Nami provides leadership in the development and delivery of professional education programs and services. She develops and maintains a robust portfolio of programs that meet the educational needs of the University and the local community, as well as the workforce needs of the State. In her role as Director of Operations & Finance, her areas of oversight include Finance, Operations, Human Resources, and Facilities.
Ms. Shukla has an MBA with a focus in Finance from the University of Houston where she also earned a certification as a Research Administrator from their Division of Research. She was appointed as a 2012 Salzburg Fellow for San José State University.
Former Manager of Endowment Accounting and Bank Reconciliation at the University of Houston, she also served as Assistant Controller at the Radisson Hotel (Houston Astrodome property). With over 20 years’ experience in accounting, "working with financial numbers and data crunching" is what Nami enjoys most in her work. As an administrator at CPGE, she values the focus on operational and strategic business planning.
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