Hebrew College, Lesley University Team to Offer Ph.D. for Jewish Educators

Hebrew College is joining forces with Lesley University to offer a new three-year doctoral program designed for working professionals in the field of Jewish educational leadership.

Graduates of the program, which begins this fall, will earn a Ph.D. in educational studies from Lesley, based in Cambridge, Mass., and a doctoral certificate in Jewish educational leadership from Hebrew College. Applications for fall 2014 are due March 15 (see online application).

“Lesley University enthusiastically welcomes candidates for the Jewish educational leadership certificate at Hebrew College to our Ph.D. in Educational Studies program,” said Jack Gillette, dean of Lesley’s Graduate School of Education. “We have crafted an effective collaboration, and we are confident that our combined efforts will provide an outstanding doctoral experience.”

Rabbi Michael Shire, dean of Hebrew College’s Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, said the degree is ideally suited for educators and professionals seeking to take on greater leadership responsibilities at Jewish educational institutions and communal organizations. These include administrators at Jewish day schools, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations; rabbis, cantors and other congregational leaders; and educators who want to transition into a Jewish education leadership role.

“At no time has it been more urgent for Jewish educational institutions to have innovative, skillful leaders capable of addressing 21st century challenges,” Shire said. “As the number of Jewish educational institutions increase in a renewed economy, the demand for scholar-practitioners with firmly grounded research capabilities will likewise increase.”

The doctoral curriculum is structured to accommodate the interests and schedules of working professionals, Shire said. Students will take 48 credits of coursework; attend three 11-day summer institutes, to be held on the campuses of both participating schools; and write and defend a dissertation.

The program replaces Hebrew College’s former Ed.D. in Jewish Education Leadership offered in conjunction with Northeastern University.

Lesley University is one of the country's largest providers of graduate programs for educators. Its doctoral offerings are tailored to those who wish to become advanced practitioners, organizational and thought leaders in the fields of education or expressive therapies. For more information, visit www.lesley.edu.

Hebrew College promotes excellence in Jewish learning and leadership within a pluralistic environment of open inquiry, intellectual rigor, personal engagement and spiritual creativity. Its programs include graduate degrees and courses in Jewish studies, education, and leadership; community education for adult learners; and a supplemental Hebrew high school and middle school. For more information, visit www.hebrewcollege.edu.

— Feb. 9, 2014