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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

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Joan N. Burstyn

Joan N. Burstyn is research professor of education and professor emerita of history and of education at Syracuse University. Formerly dean of the School of Education at Syracuse, she has also served as president of the History of Education Society and of the American Educational Studies Association. In the early 1990s she was chairperson of the Jewish Education Committee of the Syracuse Jewish Federation on whose board of directors she has served two terms. Among her publications are Preventing Violence in Schools: A Challenge to American Democracy (co-author), Educating Tomorrow’s Valuable Citizen (editor) and Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women (Editor-in-Chief).

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Higher Education Administration in the United States

The Academy and Judaism share similar values. At both their roots lies a passion for knowledge—the love of learning, the necessity for debate and discussion, an appreciation for the challenge of scholarship. This would suggest no mystery in the number of Jews in universities. However, it is women’s space in these intellectual settings—historically unwelcome by the academy and unsupported by Jewish scholarly institutions—that poses the wonder.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Joan N. Burstyn." (Viewed on December 10, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/burstyn-joan>.


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