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Teaching With Impact

Teaching With Impact is a dynamic workshop designed to help scholars who teach about modern Israel become more effective in the classroom while also building a network of colleagues.

TBD 2025


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The agenda includes instruction in the latest innovations in pedagogy; workshop time to revise or design a state-of-the-art syllabus about modern Israel; discussions about the challenges of teaching about Israel; and opportunities to share ideas and best practices.

Participants will come away with the ability to design and deliver courses that employ student-centered teaching, backward design and alignment, formative and summative assessments, Bloom’s taxonomy, authentic assignments, student engagement, and effective lectures.

Center directors, faculty, post-docs, and doctoral candidates who teach or plan to teach about modern Israel and who are based in the United States are invited to apply.

  • Eligibility
  • Workshop Logistics
  • How to Apply

Teaching with Impact is open to:

1) University chairs or program directors based in the United States who teach about modern Israel or who are adding new courses about Israel to their regular rotations;

2) Tenured, tenure-track, or contract faculty based in the United States who teach about Israel or who are adding new courses about Israel to their teaching portfolios;

3) Postdoctoral fellows based in the United States who are pursuing a research agenda about modern Israel; and

4) Doctoral students based in the United States who are conducting research on modern Israel.

Teaching With Impact is an intense, hands-on, in-person professional workshop held in the United States that runs from noon on the first day through though noon on the third day. It includes two nights in a hotel.

Participants should bring a laptop computer and either an existing syllabus to improve or a course concept around which to build a new syllabus.

The Institute covers economy transportation to and from the workshop within North America, lodging, and food during the workshop.

Participants must fully be vaccinated for COVID-19. Unless you are a nursing mother, please do not bring family with you.

To be considered for Teaching With Impact, you must complete the online application that asks questions about you, your university, and the course you want to work on during the workshop.

The application also requires:

  • A high-resolution headshot (300 ppi);
  • A short bio; and
  • An academic curriculum vitae (CV).

Following the application deadline, the Institute will contact you if you are accepted into the program.

Meet Some Former Participants

Daniel Sobelman

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Daniel Sobelman participated in TWI during his time as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is currently an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Sonja Wentling

Concordia College

Sonja Wentling attended TWI as a professor of history at Concordia College. Dr. Wentling specializes in American, European, and Middle Eastern history including American foreign relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and global antisemitism. She currently serves as the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Concordia.

Luba Levin-Banchik

California State University, San Bernardino

Luba Levin-Banchik attended TWI as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at California State University at San Bernardino and Region Program Chair and President-elect of the International Studies Association West (ISA-West). Dr. Levin-Banchik’s fields of interest are international relations with a focus on global and national security, international crises, conflict processes, and terrorism.

Nechumi Yaffe

Nechumi Yaffe participated in TWI while a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University’s Daniel Kahneman Center of Behavioral Science and Public Policy and the University Center for Human Values. She is now a faculty member in Public Policy at Tel Aviv University, researching the ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) community in Israel and the USA. She earned a Ph.D. from Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2018, the first woman from Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community to do so.

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