Rabbi Tali E. Hyman has been appointed Instructor in Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion/Los Angeles, as of July 1, 2007. A lecturer at HUC-JIR since July 2006, Rabbi Hyman received an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles (2000), and was ordained as a rabbi at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles (2002). She completed her doctoral coursework at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and will soon complete her dissertation, titled "An Ethnographic Investigation of the Role of Dissonance in a Community Jewish High School" that focuses on identifying various cultural strategies by which individuals and communities respond to dissonance inherent in Jewish identity building, and identity building in general. She received the 2006 Young Scholar's Award, from the Network for Research in Jewish Education and was granted a Writing Dissertation Fellowship for 2006-2007 from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Rabbi Hyman's thinking about her research has been greatly enhanced by opportunities to share and exchange ideas with broader scholarly communities. Her recently published articles and presented papers include "Beyond Notions of Going Native: Jews Who Study Jews" (presented at Teacher's College); "At Home with Many Identities" (Sh'ma Magazine); and "Studying Jewish Identity: Emerging Trends and Challenges" (presented at Brandeis University). She is in the process of co-authoring a paper, with scholars of contemporary American Jewish identity Stuart Charmé, Bethamie Horowitz and Jeffrey Kress, that offers new theoretical and methodological approaches to researching Jewish identity.
Rabbi Hyman served a two-year term as the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Jewish Education (2004-2006), and currently works as a faculty member and on the administrative team for DeLeT (Day School Leadership through Teaching), a graduate level program designed to prepare and professionalize teachers for Jewish Day School education.