March 21, 2019

​Raj Mundra named dean of studies

Appointment to begin July 1
by Nancy Hitchcock

Raj Mundra P’18, ’20, a veteran member of the faculty, has been appointed the next dean of studies, effective July 1, 2019. Currently the associate dean of students and residential life, Mundra brings to the position strong experience in the classroom, across residential life, and with global programming.

In an announcement to the campus community, Head of School John Palfrey P’21 highlighted Mundra’s expertise as demonstrated by his work with colleagues and students on programs to advance student life and learning.

Hired as a biology teacher in 1996, Mundra has extensive experience across many facets of academic, residential, and cocurricular life at Andover. He has participated in committees including House Counseling, Equity and Inclusion, and the Student Enrollment Group; taught within the Empathy, Balance, and Inclusion (EBI) program; and coached sports including varsity football.

“Meaningful, interactive, and connected learning takes place throughout our program,” says Mundra. “I look forward to supporting our teachers and students as our curriculum continues to evolve and to prepare students for lifelong learning.”

A champion for experiential learning, Mundra has created and led many programs and conferences exploring cultural competency and student leadership. In 2004, he founded Niswarth, a Learning in the World program that broadens students’ perspectives and understanding of a diverse world by connecting them with other communities. The Niswarth program, which focuses on the values of humility, empathy, and gratitude, brings students to South Asia to participate in a two-week service-learning program that builds meaningful connections by combining knowledge, goodness, action, and reflection.

“Each student in our diverse community has unique skills, strengths, and interests,” says Mundra. “Our curriculum is deeply personalized and led by talented faculty committed to building relationships and creating inclusive environments for learning.”

Mundra earned an MAT in Biology from Brown University and a BS in Biochemistry from Brandeis University. Mundra will replace Clyfe Beckwith, who was promoted to oversee the academic team as assistant head of school for teaching and learning.

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