Diane Tickton Schuster

Affiliated Scholar

Diane Tickton Schuster, an independent scholar in Jewish education, is an affiliated scholar at the Mandel Center and a visiting research fellow at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC) in Los Angeles.  A developmental psychologist, Diane has been studying the experiences of adult Jewish learners for the past 20 years. Her book, Jewish Lives, Jewish Learning: Adult Jewish Learning in Theory and Practice, is required reading at rabbinical seminaries and adult education programs across the Jewish community. Her other publications include A Journey of Heart and Mind (with Lisa Grant, Meredith Woocher, and Steven M. Cohen), A Covenant of Dreams, and Women’s Lives Through Time, as well as numerous articles about Jewish education. 

Diane previously taught at HUC, the American Jewish University, Brandeis University's Institute for Informal Jewish Education, and California State University-Fullerton. From 2012 to 2015 she served as the Congregational Inquiry Coordinator for the Union of Reform Judaism’s B’nai Mitzvah Revolution project. Prior to her work in Jewish education, she wrote about the lives of educated women and taught university courses in lifespan development, teacher development, and social science research methodology.

In her local community, Diane is a member of the boards of the Claremont School of Theology and the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys. She earned her BA at the University of Michigan, MSW at UC Berkeley, and PhD at Claremont Graduate University.