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Raj Mundra

"At Andover, we're always striving to know something really well. Traveling reminds you that you can't always do that."

Raj Mundra, Dean of Studies, Instructor in Biology, and Director of the Niswarth Program, began his career in Andover as a Teaching Fellow in Biology in 1991. After his teaching fellow year, he taught at schools in Switzerland, India and NYC and earned his MAT in teaching biology at Brown University. When he returned to the faculty in 1996, Raj rejoined the Biology Department as an instructor and began his work with the International Academic Partnership as associate director for seven years working with many schools in South Asia, Central Asia and East Africa. Raj has coached varsity football for the past 23 years, and has coached swimming and lacrosse, and was a house counselor in Rockwell House (largest 9th grade boys dorm) for 11 years. He has taught at every level in the biology department and has taught a one term elective course on global sanitation.

Since 2008, he has participated in various global initiatives, and has organized and presented at many conferences. As part of his work as Assistant Dean of CAMD (Community and Multicultural Development office), he established and coordinated the CAMD Scholar Program. Since founding the internationally acclaimed Niswarth (Hindi for non sibi) program in 2004 based on the values of humility, empathy and gratitude (www.niswarth.org), Raj has lead thirteen groups of students and faculty to India including a joint program with Phillips Exeter as well as bringing the Andover boys and girls varsity basketball teams to Chennai in November, 2015.

Recently, the program partnered with schools and community organizations in Bhutan. As a Tang Fellow last year, Raj conducted Niswarth workshops for teachers in the US, Dubai and Singapore. After two years as the Pine Knoll residential cluster dean, Raj was the Associate Dean of Students and led the leadership training for all proctors and prefects, started the day student mentors program, coordinated the MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) training for 10th graders, oversaw the school’s housing process and organized the annual student life workshop for teachers. He also serves as an academic advisor and has taught the 9th grade Foundations course.

Outside of Andover, in 2008 he founded Educators for Teaching India, a group that worked with the South Asia Institute at Harvard University for seven years to bring together public and private school teachers from across America to discuss content and pedagogy approaches to teaching India in secondary schools. Raj has also been the Deputy Head of the Secondary School at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya in 2003, and a visiting faculty member in science and service at the American School of Bombay in 2010. Currently, as Dean of Studies Raj oversees the academic program, is a member of the Senior Administrative Council and Academic Council, and is the Chair of the Student Response Team.

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