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New Chairs Workshop

December 16–17, 2014
Hilton Baltimore

Sponsored by the Association for Jewish Studies and the Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan

The AJS and Frankel Center at the University of Michigan are pleased to sponsor a New Chairs Workshop to support the work of Jewish Studies scholars as program/department/center chairs. The workshop will meet immediately following the AJS Annual Meeting at the Hilton Baltimore, from the evening of December 16 through December 17. The purpose of this workshop is to connect current or soon-to-be program/department/center chairs with seasoned administrators to discuss major issues in the work of chairs, as well as develop a network of mentors and colleagues to serve as resources beyond the workshop. All sessions will take place at the Hilton Baltimore.

Participants will be required to pay a $150 registration fee, and cover their transportation to/from Baltimore. Those with a financial need may apply for a fee subvention. The workshop will cover the cost of a hotel room at the Baltimore Hilton on the evening of December 16, as well as all meals during the workshop.

Workshop Faculty
The workshop will be directed by Deborah Dash Moore, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History and Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, and Rona Sheramy, Executive Director of the Association for Jewish Studies. Workshop faculty include:

  • Judith Baskin (University of Oregon)
  • Deborah Dash Moore (University of Michigan)
  • Hartley Lachter (Lehigh University)
  • Pamela Nadell (American University)
  • Noam Pianko (University of Washington)

Schedule (tentative)
Tuesday, 12/16:5:00 pm-6:30 pm: Session 1
7:00 pm–9:30 pm: Working Dinner
Wednesday, 12/17:8:00 am 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast
9:00 am–10: 00 am: Session 2
10:15 am–11:15 am: Session 3
11:30 am–12:30 pm: Session 4
12:30 pm–1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm–2:30 pm: Session 5
2:45 pm–3:15 pm: Wrap-up

Possible Session Topics:

  • Getting Your Feet Wet: shifting from regular faculty to administrator
  • Developing Your Leadership Style
  • Communications: means and message (with staff, faculty, administration, and community)
  • Areas of Responsibility: hiring, retention, financials, development, curriculum
  • Setting Goals: criteria for a successful Jewish Studies program
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Navigating Hot Topics: difficult situations and personnel issues
  • How to Build a Program

This program is limited to 12 participants. Applicants must be AJS members and have begun their chair positions no earlier than the 2012-13 academic year, or be slated to begin chair appointments no later than the 2016-17 academic year. Space is limited for this program; participants will be selected based on short essays that articulate clear and convincing rationales of value of this program to their work as chairs.

Please email the workshop application and supporting material (as one PDF document) to by September 15, 2014. Please include in the e-mail subject line New Chairs Workshop and your name in the PDF title (i.e. save document as "Rona Sheramy application"). Applicants will be notified by early October of their status.

Contact Amy Weiss, AJS Grants and Communications Coordinator, at or 917.606.8249.