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Director of Academic Administration (DAA)
Her primary responsibility is administrative management of the Department and she reports to the Chair. She is responsible for the organization and planning of the academic and administrative activities of the department, including matters of financial, personnel, course scheduling, space management, special events, and the provision of student and faculty services. The DAA has overall responsibility for the department's administrative budget and for supervision of the instructional budget in collaboration with the Chair. She is responsible for the hiring, training, and supervision of all department staff. The DAA processes all full-time faculty appointments and oversees faculty search activities. She oversees departmental facilities and space utilization, coordinates planned projects, approves requests for repairs and improvements, and advises faculty and students concerning College policies and procedures.
Department Administrative Assistant
This position reports to the DAA and responsibilities include administrative duties such as office reception, providing support for course administration, and event planning and implementation. The Administrative Assistant is the principal receptionist for the department office and provides administrative support to the faculty, Program Managers, and the DAA. This staff member answers the department's main telephone line and directs callers and walk-in visitors to the appropriate faculty or staff member. This position is responsible for the management of departmental social media accounts, mail distribution, the contribution of original writing to departmental publications, the ordering of office supplies, the management of departmental and program calendars, preparing and distributing appointment letters for student employees and part-time instructional staff, and the management and processing of professional development and travel funds for faculty, staff, and students, and the supervision of student work-study employees. Emily is originally from the UK, and is pursuing a Doctorate in International Educational Development, focusing on reproductive health and puberty education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Program Manager for the programs in Economics and Education and Sociology and Education
Reporting to the EPSA Department's DAA, the Program Manager is responsible for the administrative management, along with faculty Program Coordinators, of two of the EPSA department's four academic programs: Economics and Education and Sociology and Education. This entails continuous communication with the faculty Program Coordinators and involvement in all aspects of the program including admissions, student communications, marketing, recruiting, academic advising, faculty hiring, program management, and special events.
Malgorzata (Gosia) Kolb
Program Manager for the programs in Politics and Education and Education Policy
Reporting to the EPSA Department's DAA, the Program Manager is responsible for the administrative management, along with faculty Program Coordinators, of two of the EPSA department's four academic programs: Education Policy and Politics and Education. This entails continuous communication with the faculty Program Coordinators and involvement in all aspects of the program including admissions, student communications, marketing, recruiting, academic advising, faculty hiring, program management, and special events.
This position reports to the DAA and responsibilities include administrative duties such as office reception and providing support for course administration. Additionally, the Graduate Assistant provides administrative support to the faculty and staff as well as assistance with departmental and program publications, editing, research projects, faculty grants, special events, and project management.
Meridith Friedman is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, and helps manage the CBCSE Methods Training Program, a training program for educational researchers funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. In her other life, she is a playwright and screenwriter. She received her BA from Connecticut College, and her MFA in Writing for the Stage & Screen from Northwestern University. Her plays have been developed and performed across the country, and she has won numerous awards, commissions, and residencies. She has taught playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University, Kenyon College, Curious Theatre Company, and Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Tracy Vadakumchery is the Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Understanding Race and Education (CURE). Her duty as Administrative Coordinator is to manage logistical and clerical information for CURE as a backbone of the center under the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis. Her primary responsibility is to assist Sociology of Education Professor Amy Stuart Wells on projects surrounding the educational benefits of diversity, primarily “Reimagining Education: Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools”, a multidisciplinary Summer Institute that supports efforts to create truly integrated schools for educators, policy makers, parents, and graduate students who live and work in racially and ethnically diverse communities. She also assists students and research assistants on The Public Good, a public school support organization (PSSO) that offers a comprehensive package of services to schools and communities to realize the educational and societal benefits of diversity. Tracy also regularly schedules meetings for CURE, organizes budgetary grant information, manages logistical information for research assistants and interns working in the office, and communicates with TC Offices and other organizations in related efforts to advocate for true integration. She hails from Chicago, Illinois and is pursuing her Master of Education in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College.