Staff Changes

International Programs: Dr. Bhutani as Associate Director

With the summer departure of Ann Kuhlman to become director of Yale's newly reorganized Office of International Students and Scholars, Dr. Shalini Dev Bhutani has been named Associate Director for International Student and Scholar Services.

Dr. Bhutani, who had been senior advisor for programs, is an alumna of the University of Delhi who also earned a master's in English literature there. She took a second master's and her Ph.D. from Penn's Graduate School of Education, with the dissertation A Study of Asian Indian Women in the U.S: The Re-Conceptualization of Self. After working in journalism, adult literacy and advocacy, she joined the Office of International Programs in 1994.

There she has focused on analyzing the needs of international students and scholars; initiated the Academics Plus (A+) Programs to enhance the academic achievements of international students; and conducted several local and national workshops and symposia that draw attention to issues of academic achievement and cultural adaptation.

She is a faculty fellow of Penn's Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), and serves on the Boards of the Greenfield Intercultural Center and Programs for Awareness in Cultural Education (PACE). She is also active in local and ethnic community organizations as an advocate for women's issues, and is the Executive Director of South Asian Voices for Education, Resources and Advocacy (SAVERA), a volunteer group promoting U.S. citizenship for South Asians. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PaCIE).

New roles were announed by Director Joyce Randolph for other members of the International Programs staff:

  • James S. Fine was promoted to Senior Advisor for Administration;
  • Dr. Randolph now has oversight of graduate scholarships abroad, with the assistance of Clare Cowen, who advises students interested in these awards, and Elva Power; and
  • Marcia W. Renisz was named Penn Abroad Admissions Coordinator.

Special Services: Det. Brennan

Patricia Brennan is serving as the acting director of Special Services in the Division of Public Safety, while a search is conducted for a permanent director and assistant director. She joined Penn in 1996 as a detective, and became detective supervisor in February of this year. She has been in her current position since Dr. Susan Hawkins left the Division in July. She is a veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, where she served as a detective for 15 years, nine of which she spent with the elite Homicide Unit. 


Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 9, October 26, 1999