Jason Klugman is the director of the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) and a lecturer and program associate with Princeton’s Program in Teacher Preparation.
Dr. Klugman joined Teacher Prep in 2004 and teaches the Seminar in Education (TPP 401) that is taken concurrently with student teaching. He advises students in the program and supervises student teachers, typically in the fields of social studies and English. In the spring of 2013, he will teach ANT 368, Ethnography of Schools and Schooling, offered by the Department of Anthropology.
As director of PUPP, Dr. Klugman is responsible for the daily operations of the program, including, planning and implementation of the PUPP Summer Institute, academic enrichment programming during the school year, the outreach and application process for new scholars, and the ongoing work of fundraising for the program. He oversees college admissions guidance services and alumni support for PUPP Scholars and develops relationships with PUPP scholars and their families, along with deep partnerships with PUPP’s partner high schools – Ewing, Nottingham, Lawrence, Princeton and Trenton Central (Chambers and West campuses).
Dr. Klugman has presented papers at a broad range of academic and professional conferences on education, teacher preparation, college access and college admissions and is co-author of the 2008 white paper "Opening Doors and Paving the Way: Increasing access and success for talented, low-income students.”
He earned his doctorate in Education, Culture and Society at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education where he studied the process of becoming an urban teacher and taught courses in urban studies and the foundations of education. His dissertation, "Weapon Scans, Lesson Plans and Power-less Computer: Becoming a teacher in urban America” examined the journey of a group of student teachers in Philadelphia (including himself) during the 1998-99 academic year.
Prior to coming to Princeton in 2004, Jason was a social studies teacher and department chair at West Philadelphia High School and a leader of that school’s college and career guidance team. He also taught courses in Urban Studies and Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and teacher certifications in secondary social studies and English.