Dean's Office

Dean Ruth of CIES

Ruth Huard, PhD


Dr. Ruth Huard is the Dean of the College of International and Extended Studies, serving as the leader for six areas within the college: Extended Education (degree and non-credit programs), Global Education and Initiatives, International Student and Scholar Services, International Gateways, 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 extended education programs annually, as well as 3200 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 extended 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 at 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 private industry, applying her entrepreneurial skills at Silicon Valley start up companies. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University where she conducted research in human-computer interaction and 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 interest and focus continue to be on the people that engage with the technology.

Associate Dean of CIES

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 International and Extended Studies. As the Associate Dean, Nami provides leadership in the development and delivery of extended education programs and services.  She develops and maintains a robust portfolio of programs that meets the educational needs of the University and local community, as well as work force 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 focus in Finance from University of Houston where she also earned 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 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 CIES, she values the focus on operational and strategic business planning.


Contact College of International & Extended Studies

San Jose State University
One Washington Square

Student Union - CIES 
San Jose, CA 95192-0135

Phone: 408.924.2670
Fax: 408.924.2666 

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