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Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae - Sanjay Rai, PhD

Education | Experience | Professional Activities | Professional Honors 

Dr. Sanjay Rai

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Mathematics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Master of Science, Mathematics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Master of Science, Mathematics, University of Allahabad, India
Bachelor of Science, Statistics, Physics and Mathematics, University of Allahabad, India


Experience

Senior Vice President, Montgomery College, Montgomery County, MD
November 2013 to present

Serve as the Chief Academic Officer for the College, providing collegewide vision, leadership, direction, and coordination for all instructional and workforce development and continuing education programs. The position leads over 1,500 faculty and staff, and has a budget of $128M.

Serve as chief presidential advisor with regard to curricula, course delivery, all full- and part-time faculty and staff, and the College’s array of programs. Provide strategic guidance and leadership to the campus vice presidents/provosts, distance learning/professional development vice president and the Workforce Development and Continuing Education vice president. Work with College leadership team on fiscal stability and sustainability, strategic planning, resource development and advocacy.  Work with the Board of Trustees and act as Board Liaison for the Student Success Committee of the Board. Represent the College to external groups and as liaison to county and statewide agencies/ organizations.

Significant accomplishments include:

  • Led Academic Affairs response to COVID - With COVID impacting MC two days before spring break, there were immense challenges transitioning to remote teaching and learning.
    • Communication: Developed dashboard for our website for communication and posting of relevant data
    • Leadership and guidance on the use of state and federal COVID-related funds (CARES Act and HERRFS)
    • Professional Development: Provided training to faculty who were available, both on the two days left before spring break, and over spring break, so faculty could transition their courses to emergency remote instruction using Blackboard and Zoom; developed a comprehensive 7-week Structured Remote Teaching (SRT) professional development program beginning in May 2020 – intensive and rigorous, as well as compensated. Over 700 faculty, both full-time and part-time participated in the SRT program, which successfully prepared faculty to teach in Summer II and Fall 2020 semesters.  According to the results of the national SENSE survey which was conducted in Fall 2020, student engagement increased by 12% compared with the 2018 survey, placing Montgomery College among the top community colleges in the country. Additional questions related to remote teaching were added to our own course evaluations, and the results indicated that 90% of students agreed or strongly agreed that faculty use of technology and remote pedagogy engaged them effectively.
    • Early decisions: With decisions for summer and fall being due in April and May, quick decisions needed to be made as to how courses would be taught – distance learning, in-person, structured remote, or some hybrid.  The decision was made that for Summer I, all courses would be DL. For Summer II, there would be a mixture of DL and SRT, and for Fall 2020, DL, and SRT, with high touch STEM labs and WDCE programs like automotive tech, offered in person.
    • Expanded Advisory Council:  In order to have collaborative and transparent decision making, I expanded the Academic Affairs Advisory Council to include several department chairs, union representation from all three unions, the student affairs division, and others (in addition to regular members from the Faculty Council, Staff Council, vice presidents/provosts, dean representatives, assessment, Achieving the Promise Academy, ELITE, the libraries, and the associate senior vice presidents for academic affairs). The objective was to have collective thought generation, proactive identification of problems, and their possible solutions.
    • Learning Centers and Library Services: All services transitioned to virtual, and expanded hours of operations to meet students’ needs. Students took advantage of online supports, particularly during evening and weekend hours. This resulted in students maintaining course pass rates similar to pre-pandemic semesters.
    • Assessment and Placement:  Without students able to come to campus for testing, we developed assessment protocols using tools like ALEKS and GPA for placement.
    • Grading: Added grading options through typical governance process to include Incomplete in Crisis and Withdrawal in Crisis.
  • Significant reorganization of Academic Affairs division allowed for the development and use of open education resources (OERs), online degrees and z-degrees (no textbook costs), as well as significant curriculum reforms in developmental education, General Studies, and General Education
  • Division successfully increased student completions in English and math in the first year; degree completion for first time ever in college students;  transfer; and utilization of academic program advising
  • Development and implementation of Academic Master Plan which included embedding support in classes, flexible scheduling and delivery, and the development of alternate credentials and assessment, among others
  • Secured College’s first ever Department of Labor grants, $25M building the cybersecurity and IT talent pipeline for the county, region, and state
  • Developed partnerships with industry leaders, county departments, and local organizations, including several leading biotech companies, Lockheed, Amazon and Apple
  • Partnered with MCPS to develop the Early College Program for high school juniors to come to MC and graduate in 2 years with an associate’s degree and a high school diploma; piloted in 2018 with 49 students, for fall 2021 the estimate is 500 students. Anticipate 697 graduates from this program (and Middle College) by 2023
  • Led the development of the College’s first online degree programs (now have 8), as well as the expansion of distance learning offerings, growing enrollment 65% over six years
  • Led the development of university partnerships, including those for our online students
  • Led the development of the state’s first Part-time Faculty Institute for Engagement and Success to serve the needs of our 1500 part-time faculty across three campuses – includes office space, professional development, semiannual conferences, and recognitions
  • Creation of E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence (ELITE) as a single source for professional development and distance education
  • Led the curriculum reform of developmental education, general studies, American English Language Program, and general education
  • Encouraged and supported implementation of Guided Pathways 
  • Expanded articulation and transfer agreements with four- year institutions and major online institutions in the country
  • Developing a virtual campus
  • Led efforts to close the achievement gap with development and implementation of the Achieving the Promise Academy and DFW reduction initiatives
  • Developed the Scholarship for Excellence in Teaching initiative to encourage our excellent faculty to learn from each other and bring that learning into the classroom; as well as contribute to the scholarship of teaching more broadly

Vice President and Provost, Germantown Campus, Montgomery College
July 2009-November 2013

Significant accomplishments included:

  • CAO and CEO of the Germantown Campus
  • Creation of the Pinkney Innovation Complex Science and Technology Foundation to support the Life Sciences Park, providing an integrated academic, business, and research environment
  • Acquisition and completion of the Paul Peck Academic and Innovation Building
  • Completion of the Bioscience Education Center
  • Development of the Clinical Trial Management Program, a partnership with Amarex Clinical Research providing an introduction to project management of clinical trials in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Participated and assisted in planning Governor Martin O’Malley’s trade mission to India, resulting in $70M in investments in Maryland, and participated in Secretary John Kerry’s delegation to India for the US-India Higher Education dialog
  • Donor cultivation resulting in the creation of an annual symposia, the Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia, the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program and the new MBI Finance Lab.

Instructional Dean, Science Engineering and Mathematics, Rockville Campus, Montgomery College
July 2004-July 2009

Significant accomplishments include:

  • Provided leadership to the second largest academic unit at the college with an enrollment of 6,500, 69 full-time faculty, 120 part-time faculty and 25 staff
  • Advocacy efforts resulted in full funding, $58 million, for the new Rockville Science Center.
  • Led selection of architectural/engineering firm and the design and construction efforts for the Rockville Science Center, a 144,000 square foot academic building and the largest academic lab building in the state of Maryland
  • Led design efforts for the renovation of Science East and Science West that house studio classrooms, Mathematics and Science Center and Mathematics Department
  • Advocacy with government relations in support for college funding on several projects with elected officials from the county, state and at Capitol Hill
  • Significant growth in the science programs at the Rockville Campus, particularly the engineering program being recognized as the largest engineering transfer program in the nation (from 700 students to 1,400 students)
  • Signing of MOUs with Montgomery County Public Schools, Georgia Tech and George Washington University
  • Secured competitive grants in excess of $2.5M over tenure as dean
    • Principal investigator (PI), Project Portal to Success in Engineering - Funds for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education - a prestigious U.S. Department of Education grant program that is extremely competitive at the national level. In 2007, less than 20 FIPSE grants were awarded across the nation. Montgomery College was the only Maryland State recipient in 2006 and this proposal was awarded on first application. The main focus of this Project is to increase the number of women and minorities in engineering programs.
    • “ACCESS Engineering” (Achieving Community College Excellence, Success, and Scholarship in Engineering, a four-year, $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) from the National Science Foundation.
  • Initiated annual science, engineering and mathematics lecture series
  • Organized stakeholder meeting involving extensive community-based representation and featuring a panel discussion that included prominent leaders in academia and the private sector to examine the role of community college STEM education pipeline in the global economy
  • Served on the Governor’s Taskforce on Creation of Aerospace Worker and the Taskforce on Bioscience workers
  • Served on the Associate of Science in Engineering Oversight Council (MHEC) on the development of a statewide degree
  • Initiated the internship and REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Program  on the Rockville Campus, which has served hundreds of students to-date

Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL
1999-2004

Chair, Department of Mathematics 
2001-2004

Tenured Full Professor, Department of Mathematics
2002-2004

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
1999-2001

Significant accomplishments include:

  • Increase in Mathematics majors at the university
  • Provided leadership in the implementation of nationally known Calculus Reform Projects
  • Responsible for mathematics discipline engagement with SACS accreditation
  • Led undergraduate research in mathematical biology 
  • Best results in the Putnam Mathematics Competition in the university’s history
  • Best results in the international Modeling Contest in Mathematics 
  • Strategic Excellence Award Student Perspective to the department of mathematics by the President of the University
  • Led mathematics department’s efforts in University’s accreditation process from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation 
  • Mathematical Biology REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) for Jacksonville University and Florida Community College at Jacksonville funded by the DuPont Foundation, Spring 2001, with Michael Nancarrow

Texas A&M International University, Laredo, Texas

Associate Professor, Department of Natural Sciences
1998-1999

Assistant Professor
1994-1998

  • Increased the number of mathematics majors at the university
  • Increased student success at the state certification examination for high school mathematics teachers -- from 18% to 100%, form lowest in the state to the best in the state
  • Developed first-two years of the mathematics major and general education curriculum and revised all upper-level mathematics courses
  • Developed a Master of Science in Mathematics Degree proposal 
  • Member Faculty Senate 
  • Vice President Elect Faculty Senate
  • Served on various university committees
  • Lead role in the articulation agreement with Laredo Community Colleges for all Science and Mathematics four-year degrees

Professional Activities
  • Board member, Governor’s Life Sciences Advisory Board (2015 to date) and Chair of Talent Subgroup 2017-2019
  • Chair, Maryland Council of Chief Academic Officers, 2015 – 2017, member 2014, 2017 to date
  • Executive Committee Member, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, 2015 – 2018, Governance Committee, 2018 to date
  • Board member, Maryland Tech Council (former Technology Council of Maryland), 2013 to date
  • Board member, Pinkney Innovation Complex Science and Technology Foundation, 2012 to date
  • Maryland Association of Community Colleges Assessment and Placement Study Group, 2018-2019 
  • Member, Montgomery County’s Amazon HQ2 Proposal – Member of the County’s team and provided leadership for talent section. Selected into the top 20 finalists group, 2018
  • Board member, Leadership Montgomery, 2010 – 2013
  • Board member, Blackrock Center for the Arts, 2009 – 2013
  • Board member, Indian Biomedical Association, 2009 – 2014
  • Board of Directors, Germantown Gaithersburg Chamber of Commerce, September 2009 – 2014
  • Commissioner, Montgomery County Commission for Women, 2008 – 2012

Professional Honors
  • Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship Program, 2021
  • Difference Maker Award, SANS Institute, 2020
  • Chief Academic Officer of the Year, National Council for Instructional Administrators, 2019
  • Outstanding Leader Award, Leadership Montgomery, 2017
  • Leadership Montgomery, Class of 2009
  • Science and Mathematics Professor of the Year, Jacksonville University, 2003
  • Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society,  Jacksonville University, inducted 2003
  • Award for Excellence in Scholarship & Professional Growth, Jacksonville University, 2001
  • Faculty of the Year Award, Texas A&M International University, 1995
  • J. Hillman Yowell Award for Excellence in Teaching,  Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, University of Arkansas, 1993 
  • John W. Keesee Award for Outstanding Work in Teaching and Graduate Studies, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Arkansas, 1993
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