Kasra Sotudeh, Ph.D.
Transition & Development Coordinator
Kasra is part of an innovative team that oversees and provides comprehensive support and resources for student-athlete holistic development. Under the direction of Derek Van Rheenen, Kasra designs and co-facilitates transitional curricula for freshmen; provides research and writing support for seniors and degree completion students; develops workshops on various student-specific and team-based personal development topics; serves as a departmental liaison with the Summer Bridge Program; and collaborates with campus constituents on the enhancement of the overall student-athlete experience.
Prior to this role, Kasra arrived on campus in June 2012 and served as a Learning Specialist for two years overseeing and providing comprehensive support such as time management, developmental writing, strategic reading, and assessment preparation for student-athletes. He has also worked as an academic writing and resource specialist for the athletic department at the University of Maryland while pursuing a doctorate degree in Education Policy and Curriculum Theory, which he obtained in May of 2012. While pursuing his Ph.D., he gained extensive experience as a course developer and instructor for the university’s education policy and leadership foundations program.
Kasra received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland in Behavioral and Social Sciences and Curriculum and Instruction in 1994 and 2000, respectively. He has served in numerous capacities as an educator beginning with Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He then pursued advanced credentials and worked as a ESOL Teacher and Transition Coordinator for the Montgomery County Public Schools for over five years before returning to the University of Maryland to pursue research in student-athlete life experiences.