A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
May 11, 2006 Volume 36 / Number 8


Sam Edelman Selected as Dean at University of Judaism

After 27 years at CSU, Chico, Samuel M. Edelman, professor, CMAS/MJIS will be leaving to take on the position of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. The University of Judaism was founded in 1947 in Los Angeles. The university is one of the only Jewish liberal arts colleges in the United States. In addition to the undergraduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences, the UJ has graduate programs in education and business, as well as the Ziegler School for Rabbinic Studies. The UJ also has two think tanks, the Center for Israel Studies and the Sigi Ziering Institute—Exploring the Ethical & Religious Implications of the Holocaust.

Edelman currently serves as professor of rhetoric and communication studies as well as Jewish and Holocaust studies at CSU, Chico. He was the founder and director of the program in Modern Jewish and Israel Studies. Edelman was also the coordinator of the California State University Statewide Modern Jewish Studies bachelor’s degree.

Edelman was scholar-in-residence at Haifa University in Jewish Education in 2002 and was Lehrhause Judaica visiting distinguished lecturer in 2003 and 2004. In the summer of 2004, Edelman traveled to northern Iraq at the behest of the Iraqi Interim Government to collect testimony from Kurdish survivors of Sadaam Hussein’s genocidal attack against the Kurds and Shiites. He is currently co-director of the State of California Center for Excellence on the Study fo teh Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights, and Tolerance and chief liaison to the State Taskforce on Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights, and Tolerance Education.

—Kathleen McPartland