Jared J.Rumage of Fair Haven, N.J., successfully defended his dissertation on December 18, 2012 to become the 37th doctoral candidate in the history of College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, N.J. Rumage, in his fifth year as principal of Iselin Middle School, in Iselin, N.J., will formally receive his degree at commencement in May 2013. His dissertation is entitled, “Teacher Evaluation and Professional Growth.”
“The program is well-balanced, combining academic rigor with a genuinely supportive faculty. This program, along with the people I met, inspired me to further focus on my capacity to serve my school community,” said Rumage. “The journey certainly made me a better educator, but more significantly, a better person.”
Rumage has served in the Woodbridge Township schools for 19 years in various positions including middle school special education teacher and varsity soccer coach, director of athletics and supervisor of physical education and health at John F. Kennedy Memorial High School, and principal of Indiana Avenue Elementary School before becoming principal at the Iselin Middle School.
He holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from Villanova University in Villanova, Pa. He also has a certificate as a Teacher of the Handicapped and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. He and his wife Karen have two children, Jamie and Dylan.
The doctoral program at CSE, which is dedicated to preparing leaders who are committed to social justice and ethical practice, began in August 2007. “Integrated into all course work and learning activities are the central values and beliefs necessary for school leaders to function as morally purposeful stewards for their school communities,” states Dr. John Crews, Ed. D., CSE education leadership program chair. “This philosophy of servant leadership represents a major shift from the traditional paradigm of school leaders as managers of resources which is so prevalent in today’s practices.”