Associate Professor, Koschitzky Family Chair in Jewish Teacher Education
Location(s) / Contact Info:
247, Winters College - WC
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 77366
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgAvailable to supervise graduate students
Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers
Professor Laura Wiseman, Koschitzky Family Chair in Jewish Teacher Education, 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 in 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.
Wiseman’s dissertation is called Lamentations of a Lovelorn Soul: Self Portraits in the Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch. The study employs literary analysis to read the portraits with an eye/ear for intertextual reverberations of classical Hebrew sources—biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and early modern—and their influence on the poet’s contemporary Hebrew writing. The study also addresses broad 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, and teaches the related courses: The Teaching of Modern Hebrew Language Arts (communicative language aspects), and The Teaching of Classical Hebrew texts in Jewish Studies (heritage language aspects). She also teaches Literacy and Culture, an education elective. 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 through literature (Jewish Studies), and Picture Books in Children’s Culture (Children’s Studies). She looks forward to teaching a new course she developed for Children’s Studies and Jewish Studies: Holocaust Literature of Children and Youth. In the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, she teaches Modern Hebrew.
In the Faculty of Graduate Studies she teaches Research on Adolescents’ & Children’s Literature, Research in Teaching and Learning in Jewish Schools, Visual and Verbal Portraiture in Nonlinear Life Writing, Reading the Holocaust and Memory, Love Actually: Hebrew Love Poetry (biblical, medieval and modern - in translation), and directed reading courses in Hebrew literature—such as Wine, Women and Death—and women’s self-writing.
Formerly a teacher, principal, then 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.
Wiseman’s current research initiatives in education focus on the use of paradigmatic short stories AS pedagogy for emergent teachers, and include a longitudinal study of the significance of community Hebrew high school education for its graduands and graduates. Ongoing research initiatives in Humanities focus on the writing of Nobel Laureate for Hebrew literature, S. Y. Agnon, the medieval maqaamot of Ya‘aqov ben El‘azar, and the poetry of Sivan Har-Shefi.
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 Liberal Arts & Professional Studie
- Faculty of Education
- Adolescent and Children's Literature (GS/EDUC 5340)
- Holocaust Literature of Children and Youth (AP/HUMA 3688)
- Literacy and Culture (ED/EDUC 3600)
- Picture Books in Children's Culture (AP/HUMA 3691)
- Teaching Modern Hebrew Language Arts (ED/HEB 2030)
- Visual & Verbal Portraiture in Nonlinear Life Writing (GS/EDUC 5522)
- 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. (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. (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.
Role: Principal Investigator
Year Funded: 2015
Funded by: Other...
Paradigmatic Short Stories AS Pedagogy in Teacher Education
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Other...
- 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