The director of the Program in Teacher Preparation provides the intellectual and administrative direction for the entire program, which includes: the Teacher Certificate Program through which undergraduates, graduates and alumni earn a New Jersey teaching license; the Princeton University Preparatory Program, a program designed for high potential students from low-income families in area high schools that is designed to make them more competitive in their bid for admission to selective colleges and universities; professional development initiatives for teachers and school leaders in the state’s public and independent schools, i.e. Teachers as Scholars, Administrators as Scholars and QUEST; the Distinguished Secondary Teaching Award given each year at University Commencement; and the High School Program at Princeton University through which students in area high schools enroll in University courses for high school credit.
Christopher Campisano has been involved in education for over thirty years. Prior to joining Princeton in July of 2010, he served as the coordinator for higher education programs for the New Jersey State Department of Education. In that role, he provided leadership to institutions of higher education for the preparation of New Jersey’s teachers, administrators and educational service personnel. His area of expertise includes the social and philosophical foundations of education, educational reform, and comparative and international education. He began his teaching career as a high school social studies teacher and went on to earn his Doctor of Education degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has taught courses in the areas of secondary classroom instruction, curriculum development, educational foundations, educational research and multicultural education at Rutgers University, the City University of New York (Hunter College and the College of Staten Island), the College of New Jersey and the University of Hawai’i at Mânoa.