Laura Wiseman (on Sabbatical 2015-2016)

Associate Professor, Koschitzky Family Chair in Jewish Teacher Education

Location(s) / Contact Info:

247, Winters College - WC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 77366

Email: lwiseman@edu.yorku.ca

Available to supervise graduate students
Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers

Biography

 Professor Laura Wiseman, Koschitzky Family Chair in Jewish Teacher Education, oversees the Jewish Teacher Education Programme in the Faculty of Education. Wiseman holds an Honours B.A. in Jewish Studies and Education, McGill University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem; an M.Ed. in Curriculum with a concentration on second language acquisition, University of Toronto; an M.A. in Hebrew Language & Literature, a Ph.D. in Hebrew Language and Literature, and a collaborative doctorate in Jewish Studies, also from the University of Toronto.

Her dissertation is called Lamentations of a Lovelorn Soul: Self Portraits in the Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch. The study involves intertextual reverberations of classical Hebrew sources in multiple layers of Hebrew language and literature: biblical, rabbinic, medieval, early modern and contemporary. The literary analysis of Ravikovitch’s poetry also addresses the brushstrokes of écriture féminine, self-writing and postmodern poetics in the poet’s oeuvre.

In the Faculty of Education, Wiseman oversees the Jewish Teacher Education Program. Wiseman is jointly appointed to the Department of Humanities in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies where she teaches Society, Culture and Values in Israel (Jewish Studies), and Picture Books (Children’s Studies). In the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, she teaches Modern Hebrew. In the Faculty of Graduate Studies she teaches Adolescents’ & Children’s Literature, Research in Teaching and Learning in Jewish Schools, Visual and Verbal Portraiture in Nonlinear Life Writing, and directed reading courses in Hebrew poetry and women’s self-writing.

Formerly a teacher, principal and the director of Jewish Studies at USDS - an independent Toronto Hebrew day school, and part of the Solomon Schechter network of Hebrew day schools of North America. Wiseman comes to York University from the Board of Jewish Education of UJA Federation of the Greater Toronto Area. She began working with students of the Jewish Teacher Education Program in 2002 as BJE liaison, teaching courses in Jewish education and supervising practicum placements in the independent Hebrew day schools.

 

Scholarly Interests

Layers of Hebrew language & literature; adolescent & children's literature; pedagogy for second language acquisition; research in teaching & learning in Jewish schools; pedagogy for teacher education; arts and artifact in education

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studie

    Courses Taught

    • Adolescent and Children's Literature (GS/EDUC 5340)
    • Culture, Society and Values in Israel (AP/HUMA 4821)
    • Literacy and Culture (ED/EDUC 3600)
    • Picture Books in Children's Culture (AP/HUMA 3691)
    • Teaching Hebrew & Jewish Studies II (ED/HEB 3030)
    • Visual & Verbal Portraiture in Nonlinear Life Writing (GS/EDUC 5522)

    Selected Publications

    • Wiseman, Laura R. (2016). Voice of Responsibility: Dahlia Ravikovitch's 'Egla 'Arufa (Felled Heifer) (Glenda Abramson, Ed.) Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Taylor & Francis, 1-17. doi:10.1080/14725886.2015.1133178.
    • Wiseman, Laura R. (2016). Shelom 'Olamim--Eternal Peace by S.Y. Agnon: Yishuv-Era Society on the Brink of Statehood. (Steven T. Katz, Ed.) Journal of Modern Judaism, Oxford Journals, 36 (2), 163-185. doi:DOI 10.1093/mj/kjw007.
    • Wiseman, Laura R. (2014). Lament in Hebrew Poetry: In Search of an Equitable Calculus of Voices from Antiquity to Modernity. (Myer Samra, Ed.) Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, 28, 152-189.
    • Wiseman, Laura. (2013). Creating Spaces at the Edge of Thought: Crystal-clear Consciousness in Selected Poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch.. In Daniele Kahn-Paycha et Bernard Zelechow (Ed.), Creation and Transformation (Vol. Parcours Judaiques XII, pp. 85-96.). NanterreFrance: Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense.
    • Wiseman, Laura. (2012). Craving Pure Essence: Portret [Portrait] by Dahlia Ravikovitch.. (Serge Frolov; Smadar Shiffman, Ed.) Hebrew Studies: A Journal Devoted to Hebrew Language and Literature., LIII, 2012., 317-333.
    • Wiseman, Laura. (2011). Summoning Memory and Deliberate Forgetting: Zikkaron Tamim by Dahlia Ravikovitch. In Daniele Kahn-Paycha et Bernard Zelechow (Ed.), Thinking and Imagining Existence (Vol. Parcours Judaiques XI, pp. 197-214.). NanterreFrance: Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense.
    • Wiseman, Laura R. Telling and Retelling Rachel. In Daniele Kahn-Paycha et Bernard Zelechow (Ed.), Twice Told Tales (Vol. Parcours Judaiques XIII, pp. forthcoming). NanterreFrance: Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense.

    Research Projects

    Paradigmatic Short Stories AS Pedagogy in Teacher Education

    Role: Principal Investigator

    Funded by: Other...

    Significant Schooling

    Role: Principal Investigator

    Year Funded: 2015

    Duration: 2

    Funded by: Other...

    Professional Affiliations

    • Association of Institutions for Higher Learning in Jewish Education
    • Association for Israel Studies
    • Association for Jewish Studies
    • Midwest Jewish Studies Association
    • Modern Language Association
    • National Association for Professors of Hebrew
    • Network for Research in Jewish Education
    • Society of Biblical Literature
    • Studies in Cultural Meaning
    • World Union of Jewish Studies

    York University Affiliations/Cross Appointments

    • Faculty of Education and Department of Humanities - jointly appointed