Previous to ASU, for over 16 years, Jhaj held various faculty and administrative positions at Portland State University (PSU), advancing academic innovation and student success at different levels. Most recently, he served as the vice president for academic innovation, planning and partnerships. Jhaj helped co-create and implement reTHINK PSU, numerous student success initiatives, and the crowd-sourced Provost’s Challenge initiative. He also established the Office of Academic Innovation to support faculty innovation.
Jhaj is an active researcher. He is an expert in design thinking, design of student experience, managing change, open innovation and user centered design. He speaks extensively on these topics and has served on several national advisory groups focused on improving student success and institutional transformation.
In his book, “Delivering on the Promise of Democracy: Visual Case Studies in Educational Equity and Transformation,” Jhaj has crafted a new look at how imaginative leadership and a shift in perspective can guide institutions as they work to improve access and success for all students.