Tadd Kruse is an Assistant Professor in the Post-Graduate Diploma in Education program at the Sharjah Education Academy. He has worked at universities in the US, UK and Middle East spanning more than 20 years including 17 years of experience outside of the United States. For over a decade Tadd has worked in roles serving on senior campus leadership teams as well as in progressively responsible administrative positions to include serving as both a Dean and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. He currently serves as the Director of Student Services & Admissions and as a Higher Education Consultant. He recently served for almost a decade as the Assistant to the President for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness and has managed administrative units and supported multiple institutional initiatives including strategic planning, assessment, accreditation processes, policy development, and institution-wide project management.
Dr. Kruse has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and draws from his experience in education to help guide his instructional approach. He values mentoring and ongoing professional growth as shown through his association service and development of internship and mentoring programs, having served as a mentor to graduate students and young professionals in the US and abroad for more than five years. Tadd has been an active member in various higher education professional associations serving in leadership roles for IASAS (International Association of Student Affairs and Services) and NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) as a board member, conference director/chair, and serving as the director of the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia (MENASA) Area Board. Over the past ten-years, Tadd has been an avid presenter at professional conferences on various topics including leadership, strategic planning, assessment, international education, professional development, and culture.
• Ed.D., Organizational Change and Leadership, University of Southern California
• M.Ed., Education Administration – Higher Education concentration, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
• B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Walsh University
Tadd believes in drawing from experience to bridge the gap between practice and research. His research interests focus on educational initiatives that foster intercultural capacity, identity, engagement/sense of belonging, building more inclusive climates (diversity, equity, and inclusion), organizational effectiveness, and the experiences of underrepresented groups (faculty, students, and staff). Most of his research interests are drawn from real life practice and ongoing challenges.