Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, 121
Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
DegreesColumbia University, Ed.D.
University of Chicago, M.A.
University of Michigan, B.A.
ExpertiseJewish education; curriculum and pedagogy in teacher education; learning to teach; mentoring and new teacher induction; professional development of teachers.
ProfileSharon Feiman-Nemser is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Professor of Jewish Education and the founding Director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education. She holds a joint appointment in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Dept. and the Education Program. She also started Delet (Day School Leadership Through Teaching), the Jewish day school concentration in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Before coming to Brandeis in 2001, she served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Michigan State University where she directed innovative teacher education programs and conducted research on teacher education and teacher learning.
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Awards and Honors
Davis Teaching Fellow (2013)
Distinguished Educator Award, Assoc. of Teacher Educators (2013)
Honorable Mention, Outstanding Book Award, American Assoc. of Colleges of Teacher Education for Teachers as Learners (2012) (2013)
Distinguished Faculty Award, Michigan State University (1996)
Margaret Lindsey Award for Outstanding Research, American Association of College Teacher Education (1996)
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. Inspiring Teaching Preparing Teachers to Succeed in Mission-Driven Schools. Cambridge: Harvard Ed Press, 2014. (forthcoming)
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon, Schussler, D., Diez, M. & Murrell, P.. "Swimming in deep waters." Democracy and Education 20. 2 (2013).
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. "The role of experience in the education of teacher educators." Teacher Educators as Members of a Unique Profession. Ed. M. Ben-Peretz. NY: Rowan & Littlefield, 2013. 189-210.
Feiman-Nemser, S., & Birkeland, S. "Helping school leaders help new teachers: A tool for transforming school-based induction." The New Educator (2012).
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. "Beyond solo teaching." Educational Leadership (2012).
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. "Creating conditions for serious mentoring: Implications for induction policy." National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE) Yearbook. Ed. A. Porter, L. Desimone & T. Smith., 2012
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. Teachers as Learners. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2012.
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. "Preparing teachers for Jewish schools: Enduring issues in changing contexts." International Handbook of Jewish Education. vol. 5 Ed. H. Miller, L. Grant, A. Pomson. London: Springer, 2011. 937-958.
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. "The Prospect Legacy." The New Educator 7. 3 (2011): 196-199.
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon with Eran Tamir, Rebecca Silvera Sasson & Jacob Cytryn. The DeLeT Alumni Survey: A Report on the Journey of Beginning Jewish Day School Teachers. Waltham: Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education. 2010.
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon with Peter Murrell, Mary Diez & Deborah Schussler, ed. Teaching as a Moral Practice. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2010.
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. "Defining, Developing and Assessing Dispositions: A Cross Case Analysis." Teaching as a Moral Practice. Ed. Peter Murrell, Mary Diez, Sharon Feiman-Nemser & Deborah Shussler. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2010
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. "Multiple Meanings of New Teacher Induction." Past, Present and Future Research on Teacher Induction: An Anthrology for Researchers, Policy Makers and Practitioners. Ed. J. Wang, S. Odell and R. Clift. Rowan & Littlefield Publisher, Inc, 2010
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. "Preparing Teachers for Jewish Schools: Enduring Issues in Changing Contexts." International Handbook on Jewish Education. Ed. H. Miller, L. Grant & A. Pomsen. London: Springer, 2010
Carver, C. & Feiman-Nemser S. "Using policy to improve teacher induction: Critical elements and missing pieces." Education Policy 23. 2 (2008): 295-328.
Cochran-Smith, M., Feiman-Nemser, S., & McIntyre, J (Eds.), ed. Enduring Issues in Changing Contexts, 3rd Handbook of Research on Teacher Education. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2008.
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. "Learning to teach." What we know now about Jewish education: Perspectives on research and practice. Ed. P. Flexner & R. Goodman (Eds.). Los Angeles: Tora Aura Publications, 2008. 213-222.
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. "Professional learning communities." Ten Years of Believing in Jewish Day Schools. Ed. S. Berrin. Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, 2008. 63-67.
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. "Teacher learning: A messy problem space." Enduring Issues in Changing Contexts: 3rd Handbook of Research on Teacher Education. Ed. M. Cochran-Smith, S. Feiman-Nemser & J. McIntyre (Eds.). New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2008
Yusko, B. & Feiman-Nemser, S. "Embracing Contraries: Combining Assistance and Assessment in New Teacher Induction." Teachers College Record 110. 5 (2008): 923-953.
Birkeland, S. & Feiman-Nemser, S. "Building Professional Learning Communities Through Beginning Teacher Induction." Jewish Educational Leadership 6:1. Fall (2007): 9-13.
Carroll, David; Featherstone, Helen; Featherstone, Joesph; Feiman-Nemser, Sharon; Roosevelt, Dirck (Eds.), ed. Transforming Teacher Education: Reflections from the Field. Harvard Education Press, 2007.
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. "Discovering and sharing knowledge: Inventing a new role for cooperating teachers." Transforming Teacher Education: Reflections from the Field. Ed. Carrol, D., Featherstone, J., Featherstone, H., Feiman-Nemser, S. & Roosevelt, D.. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2007. 139-160.
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. "Professional standards as interpretive space." Transforming Teacher Education: Reflections from the Field. Ed. Carrol, D., Featherstone, J., Featherstone, H., Feiman-Nemser, S., & Roosevelt, D. Cambridge, MA:, 2007. 51-68.
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. "A Teacher Educator looks at Democracy and Education." John Dewey and our Educational Prospect. Ed. Hansen, D.T. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006. 129-145.
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon. "Beit Midrash for teachers: An experiment in professional development." Journal of Jewish Education 72. 3 (2006): 161-181.
Feiman-Nemser, Sharon & Featherstone, H. Exploring Teaching: Reinventing an Introductory Course. New York: Teachers College Press, 1992.