Dr. Lesley Litman Appointed Online Instructional Support Coordinator - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Dr. Lesley Litman Appointed Online Instructional Support Coordinator

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Dr. Lesley LitmanDr. Lesley Litman, Director of HUC-JIR’s Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education, has taken on an additional role as Online Instructional Support Coordinator.

Starting in March 2020 when all HUC classes were moved online in a matter of days, Dr. Litman stepped up and began to share her expertise in pedagogy for the digital milieu. Drawing upon a decade of experience developing a high-quality hybrid graduate educational experience for the EMA, Dr. Litman has taken a lead role in HUC’s efforts to provide faculty with training and support for more effective online teaching, working in partnership with our IT team, led by John Bruggeman, and the Online Learning Task Force, chaired by Dr. Sarah Benor.

Dr. Miriam Heller Stern, National Director of the School of Education, stated, "Lesley Litman has led HUC's laboratory for hybrid learning -- the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education -- with wisdom and warmth for a decade. She is bringing essential expertise in pedagogy and online instruction to the College-Institute as a whole."

This summer, Dr. Litman worked with Katie Guevara, an expert Instructional Designer at USC’s Center for Educational Technology, to design a two-week hybrid synchronous-asynchronous training course for HUC faculty on Online Course Design and Teaching. In her part-time role as Online Instructional Support Coordinator in the Office of the Provost, Dr. Litman will provide one-on-one faculty support, organize workshops, and oversee the other ways that HUC is aiming for excellence in online instruction so that our students continue to receive an exceptional education, during a pandemic and beyond.

Dr. Litman holds a doctorate in Jewish education from The Jewish Theological Seminary, as well as a B.A. in Economics from UMass Amherst and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College. She consults to The iCenter in the area of curriculum design and professional development in Israel education. Her research interests focus on the connection between curriculum and innovation in congregational education.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu