Dr. Miriam Heller Stern, National Director of the School of Education of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has been appointed Associate Professor of Jewish Education (Blended Track), as of July 1, 2018.
Since joining HUC-JIR in 2016, Dr. Stern has conducted a strategic planning process for the School of Education’s programs across all campuses, increased the enrollment in its programs, and integrated the collaboration of visual and performing artists with educators to position both as change-makers in the field of Jewish education.
“Dr. Stern has taken on the mantle worn by her illustrious predecessors who have led our Jewish Education efforts in the past, and she has proved herself to be more than worthy to continue their legacy. She is shaping a future for HUC-JIR’s work in this field, and enriching the work of the College-Institute to great effect. We are lucky to have her playing a central role at the College-Institute”, said Rabbi Michael Marmur, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost.
Dr. Stern joined HUC-JIR in 2016 after six years as the dean of the Graduate Center for Jewish Education at the American Jewish University, where she launched new programs. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford in 2007 and has published widely in the field of Jewish education, as editor and author, establishing herself as a thought leader in both the practice and theory of education.
Though Dr. Stern’s dissertation focused on the history of American Jewish education, her recent work has fashioned that perspective into a tool for shaping Jewish education in our communities, looking forward. In this way, her scholarly articles have re-evaluated our historical assumptions, and her popular publications, such as "The Creativity Imperative,” have posed the key educational challenges of the future.