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Ms. Tshering Choden, Acting DIRECTOR

Department of Research and External Relations

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY: Date of joining the service: 1st October 2000.

Position Level P2 A

Positions assumed:

  1. Chief,

External Relations Division

Department of Research and External Relations

Office of the Vice Chancellor

Royal University of Bhutan:                           2018- present

  1. Deputy Chief,

External Relations Division

Department of Research and External Relations:              2013- 2018

  1. Programme Manager,

Department of Academic Affairs

Office of the Vice Chancellor

Royal University of Bhutan:                                                 2011-2013

  1. Head of Department & Programme Coordinator,

English Department & Post Graduate Diploma in English

Sherubtse College

Royal University of Bhutan:                                               2007-Jan 2011

  1. Lecturer,

English Department

Sherubtse College:                                                            2004-Jan 2011

 EDUCATION

  • Masters in Social Science (Honours). University of Newcastle, Australia. 2003-4.
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Samtse College of Education, Bhutan, 2001.
  • BA English Honours (literature) Sherubtse College, Bhutan. (Affiliated to Delhi University, India) July 1997- June 2000.
  • Indian Secondary Common (ISC) Examinations- Yangchenphug High School, Bhutan. June 1995-June 97.
  • ICSE- Mongar High School, Bhutan, 1995.
  • Affiliated part time as a student of University of New Brunswick, Canada- Fall 2005.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

 PRESENTATION OF PAPERS TO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

  1. Working paper titled ‘Internalization of Higher Education: Experiences from the Royal University of Bhutan/ Operationalizing International Relations at the Royal University of Bhutan’ accepted at the International Conference on Higher Education Teaching- Learning in Bhutan: Innovation, Adaptations, Opportunities and Challenges. 4-5th July 2022 organized by PCE, RTC, and SCE in partnership with DAHE, MoE.
  2. World Conference on Shakespeare, Kolkata, Dec 2008. Paper title “Trade Psychology in Shakespeare’s comedies: The Merchant of Venice and Measure for Measure.

PUBLICATIONS

RESEARCH

  1. 2019, Creating an Enabling Research Culture at the Royal University of Bhutan- An Analysis- co-authored with Dr. Phanchung on BJRD @ https://www.rub.edu.bt/images/rub/research/publications/journals/C-Autumn-2019.pdf
  2. 2014, Experiences of Becoming and Being Academic Women in Bhutan- co-authored with Tom

Maxwell and Dr. Deki Gyamtso on BJRD @

https://www.rub.edu.bt/index.php/en/research/publications/114-bjrd-autumn-2014-vol-3-no-2.html

BOOKS

  1. Sacred Geometry: An Exploration of Sacred Geometry in Stupas in Bhutan (2019) by Anne Z.

Parker, Tshering Choden, and Dominique Susani, Kuensel. ISBN: 978-99936-53-47-9

EVENT MANAGEMENT

Conferences and Seminars (event management, publication (book of abstracts, proceedings and reports, Master of Ceremony, Vote of Thanks)

 International Study abroad programmes- orientation, visas, and study abroad requirements

Memorandum of Understanding (Government)

Study abroad programmes International Conferences- SAU (logistics/vote of thanks

Intl conf 2015- Germany (logistics/ vote of thanks

Study abroad- orientation Naropa University Study Abroad in Bhutan programme

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visit to RUB- MC- 17-18 August 2019

International ICUN conference (Third Creative University Conference) Creative Economy, Creative University, and Creative Development- Ideas, Knowledges and Paths towards Sustainability, Happiness & Wellbeing

International ICESTEH conferenc

EXTERNAL EXAMINER TO PROGRAMMES

Sherubtse College: 2020- Present

College of Language and Culture Studies

PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT

BA English Honours, Sherubtse College

PGDE, Sherubtse College

Developed RUB programme modules:

  • Engl 103 (English Poetry and Drama 14-17th Century)
  • Engl 104 (Shakespeare)
  • Engl 403 (Drama through the Ages) (excluding Shakespeare)
  • Engl 405 (European Literature)
  • Co-developed PGDE modules: (including Validation of the PDGE Programme)
  • Engl 213 (Medieval/Renaissance/Restoration Literature)
  • Engl 214 (Romantic Literature)
  • Engl 215 (Victorian Literature)

TEACHING

  1. Sherubtse College- full time from 2004-2010
  2. Samtse College of Education- Distance Education Resource Tutor – (Fall 2004 & 2005)- to primary school teachers.
  3. Royal Thimphu College- part time

MODULES TAUGHT

Delhi University (DU) English literature and Communication modules:

  • Paper 4: English Literature 2 (2005 & 2007) (Webster, Milton, Behn, Dryden, Pope, and Shakespeare)
  • Paper 9: Modern European Drama (2006 & 2008) (Ibsen, Strindberg, Brecht, Genet, and Ionesco)
  • Business Communication- (2006) to B. Com students.
  • Technical Communication- (2007) 5th semester Computer Science Honours students

RUB English programme

  • Engl 101 (Introduction to Literary History and Forms)- Fall 2010
  • Engl 104 (Shakespeare)- Fall 2009
  • Engl 201 (Restoration and Neo-Classicism)-Spring 2009
  • Engl 304 (Post Colonial Literature)
  • English Communication -Fall 2007
  • English for Academic Skills- Fall 2009

Paper publication:

    1. Trade Psychology in Shakespeare’s comedies: The Merchant of Venice and Measure for Measure (in Sherub Doenme, Vol 8 (1&2) Dec, 2008 (co-authored)
    2. Comparative Analysis of the Representation of Obedience in Selected Bhutanese and English literature (Masters (Honours) thesis, 2004)
  1. 9 years of teaching and coordinating in education at college, high school, and primary level
  2. Distance Education Resource Tutor to primary school teachers at Samtse College of Education (Fall 2004 & 05)
  3. Certificate from Workshop on Research Methodology and Constructivist Approach to Tertiary Teaching, Sherubtse College, 2010.
  4. Certificate from Asia-Link Workshop on Validation Processes, Quality Assurance and Distributed Education- offered at Sherubtse College by Open University, London, and University of Highlands and Islands, Scotland. (2008)
  5. Centre for University Learning and Teaching (CULT) workshop in Lobesa, Punakha. (Aug 2008)
  6. Introductory Academic Programme from the University of Newcastle (Jan-Feb 2003)
  7. Member of Disciplinary Committee (2005-2010)
  8. Academic Skills Steering Committee Coordinator, Sherubtse College. (2009- 2010)
  9. Sherubtse Spectrum Coordinator (2008-2010)
  10. Year Guide- (2005-2009)
  11. Initiated the Cooking Club forum (2005)
  12. Module development for Royal University of Bhutan (Ref. Work Experience no.6)
  13. Module development and validation of Post Graduate Diploma in English (PGDE) (Ref. Work Experience no.7)
  14. Hostel provost for 4 years- Degree Hostel V & Mother Peter’s Hall (2006-2010).
  15. Developed M A English proposal for RUB- Fall 2009
  16. Coordinated play production of The Inspector Calls across Bhutan: Bumthang, Wangduephodrang and Thimphu. (2004)
  17. Part of the play team for Engl 2170 at University of New Brunswick, Canada with Len Falkenstein: Frederico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding. (Fall 2005)
  18. Volunteered as assistant teacher in UDHSS, Haa, Bhutan for two months (2000)

 WORK EXPERIENCE

  1. Dy. Chief Programme Officer, International Relations, Department of Research and External Relations, Royal University of Bhutan- June 2013- present
  2. Programme Manager, RUB-DHI INFRA Business Unit, RUB, July 2011-June 2013.
  3. Post Graduate Diploma in English (PGDE) Coordinator- 2007- Jan 2011.
  4. Programme Leader for English-Geography. July 2008- August 2010.
  5. Head of Department, Department of English, Sherubtse College- Spring 2008- August 2010.
  6. Assisted development and launched PGDE as RUB programme.
  7. Developed RUB programme modules:
  • Engl 103 (English Poetry and Drama 14-17th Century)
  • Engl 104 (Shakespeare)
  • Engl 403 (Drama through the Ages) (excluding Shakespeare)
  • Engl 405 (European Literature)
  1. Co-developed PGDE modules:
  • Engl 213 (Medieval/Renaissance/Restoration Literature)
  • Engl 214 (Romantic Literature)
  • Engl 215 (Victorian Literature)
  1. Taught Delhi University (DU) English literature and Communication papers:
  • Paper 4: English Literature 2 (2005 & 2007) (Webster, Milton, Behn, Dryden, Pope, and Shakespeare)
  • Paper 9: Modern European Drama (2006 & 2008) (Ibsen, Strindberg, Brecht, Genet, and Ionesco)
  • Business Communication- (2006) to B. Com students.
  • Technical Communication- (2007) 5th semester Computer Science Honours students.
  1. Taught RUB English programme:
  • Engl 101 (Introduction to Literary History and Forms)- Fall 2010
  • Engl 104 (Shakespeare)- Fall 2009
  • Engl 201 (Restoration and Neo-Classicism)-Spring 2009
  • Engl 304 (Post Colonial Literature)
  • English Communication -Fall 2007.
  • English for Academic Skills- Fall 2009.
  1. Taught English and History in Ugyen Dorji Higher Secondary School (2002).
  2.  Taught English in Katsho Primary School, Haa. (2000).
  3.  Hostel Provost at Sherubtse College (2007-2010).

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Communication skills

  • Teaching Communication and Academic Writing modules.
  • A go-between faculty and the college as the Head of Department and Year Guide.
  • Proof read and edited articles, books and assorted materials for Sherubtse College.
  • Writing of Minutes and reports.

Managerial/ supervisory skills

  • Head of department, Sherubtse College, English Department- Spring 2008-August 2010
  • PGDE Coordinator- 2007- January 2011.
  • Year Guide
  • Hostel Provost
  • Initiated Reading Club for primary school children on Saturdays (voluntary and own initiative)
  • Conducted classes ranging from size of 11 to 70 students.

 Planning/organizational skills

  • International ICUN conference (Third Creative University Conference)
  • International ICESTEH conference
  • At Sherubtse- Department modules planning and distribution, Arranging meetings
  • Facilitator between College and Ministry of Education as the Coordinator for PGDE.

Interpersonal skills

  • Arranged for books donation from CIDA and the University of New Brunswick, Canada to Sherubtse College. (Voluntary and own initiative)
  • Arranged for books donation from Thimphu for Reading Club (Voluntary and own initiative)

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