In New Role, Dr. Scott Goldberg to Advance Teaching and Learning Throughout University
Dr. Morton Lowengrub, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Yeshiva University, has appointed Dr. Scott J. Goldberg as vice provost for teaching and learning at YU.
“Dr. Goldberg’s commitment to academic rigor and research blended with a passion for entrepreneurship and creativity make him the ideal person to help guide YU’s education for the next generation,” said Lowengrub.
Goldberg’s new role is to advance the teaching and learning at YU’s undergraduate and graduate schools through 21st century methods and media, including online and blended learning. He will also work to develop new educational programs locally and globally.
“I appreciate the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Lowengrub and the deans, faculty and students to ensure that we remain on the cutting-edge of higher education, not only as gauged by published rankings, but by the faculty teaching and student learning experiences,” said Goldberg. “Higher education is at a critical inflection point—people are asking ‘What the role of the university is in a global information age?’ What is learned and how and when it is learned may change, but universities must continue to be centers of teaching and learning.”
Many classes at YU currently integrate media content and online instruction into their curricula, particularly in some of YU’s graduate schools. Azrieli launched an online master’s degree last spring, and, last summer, a Principles of Financial Accounting class at YU’s Sy Syms School of Business was taught entirely online—a first for the undergraduate schools. In all, more than 40 online or blended courses will have been introduced by the end of this academic year.
“Faculty are excited about experimenting with various media and methods,” said Goldberg. “Technology is critical, but as a tool. Our focus is and should remain centered on the learner—the student.”
“It is gratifying to work with faculty,” Goldberg continued. “They are asking, ‘How can I best support the students’ learning?’ ‘What do students need to learn today?’ Partnering with faculty to ask and answer these questions and more is what is most exciting about this work.”
Goldberg will continue to work with Dr. Judy Cahn, director of eLearning and distance education, to partner with faculty to design and teach online and blended courses.
Another feature of Goldberg’s position is to reach untapped markets by broadening the University’s reach through new degrees, certificate programs and continuing education opportunities on campus, abroad and online, and developing partnerships with businesses.
From 2007-13, Goldberg was the inaugural director of the Institute for University-School Partnership (YUSP), a resource for Jewish day schools that provides extensive continuing education for school-based professionals, recruitment and placement services for educators and strategic benchmarking of educational, operational and financial processes for schools.
“The national and international reach of the YU School Partnership programs has been the impetus for Dr. Goldberg’s exploration of innovative educational models and the possibilities of distance education,” said Lowengrub.
Goldberg, who joined the YU faculty in 2002, will continue his work with the YUSP on vision and strategy, while Jane Taubenfeld Cohen, YUSP’s director of capacity building, will expand her leadership role.
During his tenure at YU, Goldberg has taught at Stern College for Women and at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, where he served as director of the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Division of Doctoral Studies and is currently a tenured associate professor.
He lives in Passaic, NJ, with his wife Rahel and their four children, Yehuda, Goldie, Dovi and Tani.