Dr. Michal Muszkat-Barkan Promoted to Parallel Associate Professor of Jewish Education

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dr. Michal Muszkat-Barkan has been promoted to Parallel Associate Professor of Jewish Education at the Jerusalem campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). 

"We regard Dr. Muszkat-Barkan as an integral part of our instructional faculty and of our intellectual community.  Her achievements bring honor to the College-Institute," stated Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost.   

Michal Muszkat-Barkan, Ph.D., is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her dissertation topic was “Ideological encounters: Case studies of teacher supervision in Jewish Studies” (2006).  She has been a high school teacher, mentor, teacher educator, and school consultant in the areas of school's vision and curriculum, professional development, and more. 

Muszkat-Barkanl has taught at HUC-JIR Jerusalem since 1999.  In 2006, she established the Department of Education and Professional Development at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, which she has directed since that time. The department launched two pioneering programs for HUC-JIR: the Master’s Program in Pluralistic Education in partnership with the Melton Centre of Hebrew University, and "Tenufah" (Momentum), a program for young Israeli innovators. She teaches Jewish education and consults in the Israeli Rabbinic Program and works closely with the head of the Year-In-Israel Program on the Mandel-Mabat inquiry groups.

In addition to her work within HUC-JIR, Muszkat-Barkan has been a part of shaping national initiatives with the Ministry of Education, advising and consulting to educational organizations and individual schools.  She is involved in research, practice, policy making and curriculum development in the areas of pluralism and Jewish education, Reform rabbis – professional development, professional development of teachers in peoplehood, and Jewish Education. 

In 2009, Muszkat-Barkan initiated and co-chaired with Michael Gillis, Ph.D., the Multidisciplinary International Researchers Conference on Pluralistic Jewish Education that was held at the Jerusalem Campus of HUC-JIR and the Melton Centre at the Hebrew University. The conference led to her co-editing with Michael Gillis and Alex Pomson a peer-reviewed volume entitled Speaking in the Plural: Pluralism and Jewish Education, Magnes Press, in press.  Muszkat-Barkan has also published a number of articles and book chapters on a range of topics that include mentoring, rabbinical education, and pluralism.


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