|30 July, 2012 |
| New dean elected to Hebrew University’s Faculty of Social Sciences |
|“I want the Hebrew University to be the first place that young people think of when choosing an institution of higher education''|
| Incoming dean Prof. Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi (photo: Yoram Aschheim) |
Prof. Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi, from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has been elected the new dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The first woman to serve as dean of this Faculty, she will begin her term in office on October 1, 2012, replacing the current dean, Prof. Avner de-Shalit.
Prof. Vinitzky-Seroussi was born in Tel Aviv, and is married with two daughters. After graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in criminology and political science at Bar-Ilan University, she studied criminology at the Hebrew University and completed an M.A. and Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She returned to Israel as a post-doctoral fellow of the Lady Davis Fellowship Trust, and began teaching at the Hebrew University in 1996.
Her many professional involvements include a research fellowship at Yale University’s Center for Cultural Sociology, serving as Chair of the Scholarship / Fellowship Committee in the Faculty of Social Sciences, and serving as a Member of the Hebrew University Senate. She also worked to embed English instruction in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Prof. Vinitzky-Seroussi‘s major academic interest revolves around issues of collective memory and commemoration, and specifically the ways in which societies cope with their difficult pasts and shameful histories. Other research interests include the city as a text, autobiographical occasions, the sociology of the courtroom, and the announcement and management of death. Her recent publications include The Collective Memory Reader (editor) and Yitzhak Rabin's Assassination and the Dilemmas of Commemoration (author).
Upon her appointment, Prof. Vinitzky-Seroussi stated, “I intend to ensure the Faculty of Social Sciences continues to be ranked high globally and continues to serve as a supportive home for the best scholars in Israel. Of equal importance, I want the Hebrew University to be the first place that young people think of when choosing an institution of higher education: because of the quality of education it provides, because Jerusalem is unlike any other city, because of the researchers, teachers and staff, because of the social involvement that the University encourages, because of the encounter with students from different backgrounds across Israel and the world, because of the ability to influence decision-making in this country, and because this is the best social laboratory in Israel.''
Hebrew University President Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson thanked the outgoing dean for his service and congratulated the incoming dean on assuming her new role.
About the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was founded in 1918 by visionaries including Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber and Chaim Weizmann. Opened in 1925, the Hebrew University is located on three campuses in Jerusalem and a fourth in Rehovot. One of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, the Hebrew University serves more than 23,000 students from over 65 countries, and is consistently ranked among the top academic and research institutions worldwide. Forty percent of Israel’s civilian research emerges from the Hebrew University, which has been ranked 12th worldwide in biotechnology patent filings and commercial development. Faculty and alumni of the Hebrew University have won seven Nobel Prizes and a Fields Medal in the last decade.