American Hebrew Academy
Education Advisory Board

The Academic Advisory Board shall serve as a resource to the Academy’s Board of Trustees and deans in support of the Academy’s academic mission by providing guidance, collaboration and review of existing and proposed academic programs.


Sharon Feiman-Nemser

Waltham, Massachusetts
Sharon Feiman-Nemser is the Mandel Professor of Jewish Education at Brandeis University, and Director of the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education. Before coming to Brandeis in 2001, she served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Michigan State University, where she directed innovative teacher education programs and did research on teaching and learning to teach. She also taught at the Hebrew University. Her most recent book, Teachers as Learners, was released in May, 2012 from Harvard Education Press.

Joel Fleishman

Durham, North Carolina
Joel Fleishman has been a professor of law and public policy studies at Duke University since 1971 and was the founding director of what is now the Sanford School of Public Policy, which he led until January, 1983. Fleishman became chairman of the Duke’s Capital Campaign for the Arts & Sciences and Engineering in 1982, which succeeded in raising more than $200 million in endowment and $500 million over-all. He was appointed vice president of the university in 1985, senior vice president of the university in 1988, and first senior vice president of the university in 1991.

In September of 1993, Fleishman became president of The Atlantic Philanthropic Service Co. Inc. in New York City, the United States Program Staff of Atlantic Philanthropies, a position he held until July 2001. In 2003, Professor Fleishman returned to Duke University to establish the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, of which he is now Faculty Chair.

Fleishman’s scholarly work reflects his long-standing interest in ethics, public policy and not-for-profit organizations. His book, The Foundation: A Great American Secret---How Private Wealth Is Changing The World, was published in 2007 and followed by a paperback edition in 2009. His most recent book, Give Smart: Getting Results from Your Philanthropy, which he co-authored with Thomas Tierney, was published in 2011.

Mr. Fleishman has many significant associations, including his roles as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Institute, Chairman of the Visiting Committee of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; member of the Board of Trustees of the Partnership for Public Service; member of the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy; Trustee of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Trustee of the Mesorah Heritage Foundation; and member of the Board of Directors of Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.

Daniel Gordis Ph.D.

Jerusalem, Israel
Rabbi Daniel Gordis is Vice President of the Mandel Foundation Israel and directs the activities of the Foundation in North America. He was previously a Vice President at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and Dean of its Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Rabbi Gordis is also a noted author and resides with his family in Israel.

Christoph Guttentag

Durham, North Carolina
Christoph Guttentag is the Dean for Undergraduate Admissions at Duke University. He previously served as Associate Dean/Director of recruitment planning for the Admissions office at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned a master’s degree in musicology from Penn. Mr. Guttentag also earned undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Music History.

Ira Miller

New York, New York
Ira Miller currently serves as Dean at the Ramaz Upper School. Mr. Miller has directed all areas of school management, including strategic and technology planning, faculty supervision, as well as curriculum development and scheduling design. He has designed faculty development and other in-service programs. In addition, Mr. Miller has supervised the college advisement and general guidance programs of the Upper School. Through his professional associations, he has served on and chaired evaluation teams to assess schools for institutional accreditation.

Lee Shulman

Palo Alto, California
Lee S. Shulman is President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and professor emeritus at Stanford University. An educational psychologist who has made notable contributions to the study of teacher education, assessment of teaching, and education in the fields of medicine, science and mathematics. Professor Shulman is past president of the American Educational Research Association and the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his educational research. From 1963 to 1982, Professor Shulman was a faculty member at Michigan State University, where he founded and co-directed the Institute for Research on Teaching (IRT).

Samuel Wineburg Ph.D.

Stanford, California
Sam Wineburg is Chair, Curriculum and Teacher Education and Professor of History (by courtesy) at Stanford University, where he directs the Ph.D. program in History Education. His research explores the development of historical thinking among adolescents and the nature of historical consciousness. Wineburg’s book, Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future and Past, was awarded the 2002 Frederic W. Ness Prize for the “most important contribution to the understanding and improvement of liberal education” by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He was a member of the National Research Council/National Academy of Science committee that wrote How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. He received his Ph.D. in Psychological Studies in Education from Stanford University.

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