Dr. William Cutter is Steinberg Emeritus Professor of Human Relations at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, California, where he held the Paul and Trudy Steinberg Chair in Human Relations, and was Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature and Education. He has taught at HUC-JIR since 1965, and has served in several administrative capacities throughout his academic career. In earlier stages of his career he founded three of the ongoing programs of the College-Institute: the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, the MUSE program of the Skirball Museum, and the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health. He also was the founding director of the Louchheim School of Jewish Studies at USC.
Dr. Cutter has written nearly 200 articles on literary theory, Modern Hebrew Literature, Educational Theory, and health and healing as part of Jewish experience. He has published over 50 scholarly articles and essays, and over 200 popular articles on literature, health and healing, and Jewish education. He has edited or served on the editorial committee for more than 40 books for the prominent publisher Berhman House Books. His most recent publication is Midrash and Medicine, published by Jewish Lights (2010). He is also the editor of Healing and the Jewish Imagination: Spiritual and Practical Perspectives on Judaism and Health (2/07, Jewish Lights Publishing); the Festschrift: History and Literature, essays in honor of Arnold Band (Scholars Press); and The Mourner's Handbook (Behrman House Books). He is academic chairman for the Association of Reform Zionists (ARZA).
He has served on numerous community advisory boards and committees, and has been on the Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Dr. Cutter is one of the founders of the Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics, where he recently served as president. Bill Cutter remains active in several projects in Israel, where he assists in the development of chaplaincy programs, and works on his Hebrew literary publishing projects. He also continues to teach at the College-Institute.
Dr. Cutter presented the address at HUC-JIR’s Ordination Ceremony in Los Angeles on May 13, 2012 and he received the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at HUC-JIR’s Graduation Ceremony in Los Angeles on May 14, 2012.
On History and Literature: New Readings of Jewish Texts in Honor of Arnold J. Band (with David C. Jacobson, Brown Judaic Studies, 2002), Chronicle Issue 62 (2003). Available online: http://www.huc.edu/chronicle/62/HistoryAndLiterature.pdf