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Sandesh Tuladhar ’12: From the Top of the World to Rising Star in Ed Tech

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September 25, 2017
Tagged: Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Adelphi University, Faculty Center for Professional Excellence, Adelphi Magazine
 

Sandesh Tuladhar ’12: From the Top of the World to Rising Star in Ed Tech

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by Charity Shumway
 

Named director of online education at Columbia University in February 2016, Sandesh Tuladhar ’12 is a rising star in the emerging field of education technology. But not so long ago, he was a high school student in Kathmandu, Nepal, dreaming of attending college in the United States.

He eagerly applied to Adelphi, partly because, Tuladhar said with a laugh, he naively believed the school was in New York City. He first set foot in the United States just in time for first-year student Orientation, and there was “an adjustment period,” he said as an understatement.

He declared a double major in economics and environmental studies, envisioning a future in academia. But then Adelphi introduced Tuladhar to what he calls his “third degree.” Like many first-year students, he needed a job. He found one working at Adelphi’s Faculty Center for Professional Excellence.

“I thought that it would be working with faculty, showing them how to use a computer, but that was maybe 2 percent of the job,” said Tuladhar. Instead, over the next four years, his part-time job plunged him into the world of instructional design and instructional technology. He helped faculty integrate technology to improve their teaching, often helping to “flip” courses so that class time could be used for discussion and active learning instead of lecturing.

“Adelphi was definitely ahead of its time,” he said. “Even if I’d studied education, I don’t think I would have gotten that level of immersion or the direct application.”

After graduation, Tuladhar landed a job at Brown University as an application specialist in its Education Technology Group. Although Brown is a bigger school, “the work definitely felt like an extension of the work I’d done at Adelphi,” he said.

But the New York City dreams he’d had as a high school student in Kathmandu still called, and in 2013, when Tuladhar received an offer to work as an instructional technologist for Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, he eagerly accepted. Two and half years and a number of promotions later, Tuladhar was named to a position at Columbia where he coordinates online teaching and learning initiatives for the 16 professional schools and colleges at the university.

Tuladhar is as surprised and pleased as anyone that his work experience at Adelphi opened the door to his future. “This was a field I didn’t know existed,” he said. “I would never have guessed.”

About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning.

Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.

Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. It serves more than 8,100 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, as well as online.

More than 115,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, engaged citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

 
Tagged: Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Adelphi University, Faculty Center for Professional Excellence, Adelphi Magazine
 
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