Professor Tom Goldstein is currently the Founding Dean & Professor at Jindal School of Journalism and Communication (JSJC) in O.P. Jindal Global University. He was the Dean of Columbia school of Journalism and Berkeley School of Journalism. He has completed B.A from Yale University, M.A. from Columbia School of Journalism and J.D from Columbia Law School.
Professor Goldstein is a distinguished American journalism educator, education administrator, and author. For 15 years, he served as Dean of the Journalism Schools at Columbia and at Berkeley—the only universities in the United States where journalism is taught exclusively at the graduate level.
Born in Buffalo, New York, he is a graduate of Yale University, where he majored in English, and the Columbia University Law School as well as its Graduate School of Journalism.
Ques 1: Kindly tell us about your experience in the education industry in India and what makes it different from that across other parts of the world?
Ans. It is hard for me to answer this question since I have only been here for 10 days and have yet to meet students. But so far, I have been greatly impressed by the rigor of the curriculum.
Ques 2: What was the major factor that attracted you to take up a role in the education industry in India?
Ans. After more than 30 years teaching at Berkeley, I was ready for a change. This opportunity presented itself, and it looked quite exciting and challenging.
Ques 3: You have embarked on a career as a freelance writer, where you wrote for dozens of magazines, and you also began writing books, including the news at any cost. What advice or suggestions do you have for young writers who want to take up writing as a profession?
Ans. There is no more fulfilling field than writing, but those entering it must be prepared for the frustration and rejection that accompany the high points.
Ques 4: Any of the significant challenges you faced as the Founding Dean of Jindal School of Journalism and Communication?
Ans. Again, I am just starting, but I anticipate one big challenge will be to develop a coherent curriculum that reflects all the changes—for the good and for the not so good—that affect contemporary media.
Ques 5: How is life different in the USA as compared to India?
Ans. So far, I have experienced many fewer distractions, which means I have more time to devote to my work.
Ques 6: Every year, more and more Indian students want to pursue their higher education from outside India. What advice and suggestions do you have for students heading to the us?
Ans. I think students should spend a great deal of time deciding on a major before heading overseas. In addition, students should sample as many different courses as possible once they arrive abroad.
Ques 7: How do you tend to establish a relationship with the students being the dean of the university? How do you make yourselves available to them?
Ans. I pride myself on getting to know students in both formal and informal settings. By the end of the first year, I hope that I will have shared a meal with every student. My office door is always open.
Ques 8: How is the Indian education system different from the education system in other countries, specifically the USA, both with respect to students as well as teachers/professors?
Ans. I really do not feel qualified to answer this question yet. Ask me again in a year.
Ques 9: What goals do you have in your mind for your university for the next few years?
Ans. My goal is to make Jindal the best place in India to study journalism and communication.
Ques 10: Any suggestions you would like to give to the current youth and the aspiring students?
Ans. Attending college should be the best years of your life. You should work hard, but you should always protect a healthy chunk of time for personal endeavors and recreation. Learning to allocate your time in a sensible way is a great dividend from attending college.Last Updated - 31 Jul 2017