For the past nine years, Paul Gounaris has taught a variety of courses, including strategic management, human resource management, organizational behavior, principles of management and senior management seminars. Paul has a academic background in economics, management, planning and assessment.
Before joining JWU's staff, Paul worked for thirty years as a high school teacher, high school principal and assistant superintendent in the Providence Public Schools, an inner city school district with approximately 30,000 students. He is certified in New England as a teacher, principal, administrator and school superintendent.
Throughout his career in public education, Paul received several educational and community service awards. He won the "Best First Year Teacher Award" in 2001 at Johnson & Wales University, along with special awards for his work in performance outcomes and assessment at the university. He has secured millions of dollars in private and public grant funds to support educational innovations, and he has served as a national expert on small learning communities and community school partnerships.
Paul speaks English and Albanian, and has traveled extensively within Europe, the Balkans, the Caribbean and Asia. He recently facilitated a student exchange program in Albania and Italy, providing students with authentic work experiences in local businesses that allowed them to explore, compare and contrast an emerging free market economy with a major European Union economy.