Faculty Council

The BU Hillel Faculty Council advises Hillel staff on student and faculty concerns as issues arise throughout the academic year and serves as a liaison cohort to the University. The group meets three times per year (at the end of the fall and spring semesters and at the end of the summer). See members of the Faculty Council.

Abrams, Jerry Binyomin Abrams is an associate professor at the College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for Chemistry. The Abrams group is focuses on developing novel approaches to teaching introductory chemistry that excite students across disciplines.  Recent projects include the development of the Boston University Chemical Writing Program (BUCWP), the LA program, out-of-class activities to strengthen visual models for quantum concepts, and more.Additionally, students in the Abrams group study biomimetic oligomers (foldamers) using molecular dynamics simulations.

BigioIrving J. Bigio received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1974. From then until 2000 he was a member of the scientific staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory (New Mexico), including service as Leader of the Laser Science and Applications Program (1988-1994). During leaves of absence he has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Israel, a Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and a Guest Fellow of Pembroke College at the University of Oxford. Since 2001 he has been Professor at Boston University, with appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Physics, and Medicine (Gastroenterology).  Dr. Bigio leads a research program in biomedical optics, focusing on the development of diagnostic optical spectroscopy for clinical applications, on optical monitoring of drug delivery and response to treatment, and on the imaging/sensing of basic cellular dynamics.  He is a Fellow of the OSA, the SPIE, and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

bme-1.profile.Eisenberg Sol Eisenberg research is directed towards understanding the functional role played by electrically mediated interactions in connective tissues and membranes, as well as the effects and mechanisms of interactions of externally applied electric and magnetic fields. Specifically, his research addresses: electromechanical interactions in cartilage; electrically mediated transport in charged and neutral materials; computational modeling of electric field distributions in the human thorax and heart during electrical defibrillation.

GillmanAbigail Gillman is Associate Professor of Hebrew, German, and Comparative Literature in the Department of World Languages and Literatures, where she is also Convener of the Hebrew Program.  She teaches courses on modern German literature; Hebrew literature; Israeli Cinema; and Religion and Literature (cross-listed as XL and RN). She teaches and lectures in the Core Curriculum, and has also taught in the CAS Writing Program.

Reeve Goldhaber received her MSW from Simmons College in 1974 and came to BU School of Social Work in 1990 after 16 years at McLean Hospital Children’s Center, where she held positions as administrative social worker in the Inpatient and Outpatient Departments and served as the coordinator of training for social work interns and fellows. As director of Advising and Field Education for the SSW Online MSW Program, she is responsible for developing and overseeing a student-centered advising and field education program across the country, within the students’ own communities. As the director of the Lowy-GEM Program in Aging, she is responsible for all aspects of this field education–based specialization in aging, including a monthly seminar and the oversight of two concurrent field placements for each student. In addition, Goldhaber teaches Clinical Practice with Older Adults, an advanced clinical elective and the Field Preparation Seminar, for first-year, part-time Charles River Campus students, and serves as the faculty advisor for a number of students in the program.

GrodinMichael A. Grodin, M.D. is the Director of the Project on Ethics and the Holocaust and Professor of Jewish Studies at the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University.  Professor Grodin is a member of the Core Faculty of the Graduate Division of Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.  In addition, he is a Professor of Ethics, Human Rights & Psychiatry at the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine.

Jay Halfond is Professor of the Practice both in Metropolitan College’s Administrative Sciences department and in the Higher Education Program in the School of Education.  Previously, he served as Dean of Metropolitan College, where he oversaw a large, innovative, multifaceted university-within-a-university, as well as overseeing online distance learning and the Summer Term for the University at large.  He also administered academic sites in Brussels and on military bases, along with other international initiatives.  Professor Halfond chaired the President’s Council for a Global University.  Prior to coming to BU in 1997, he served as associate dean in the College of Business Administration at Northeastern University and in various administrative roles at Harvard University.

JacobsKaren Jacobs, EdD, OT, OTR, CPE, FAOTA is a past president and vice president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Dr. Jacobs is a clinical professor of occupational therapy and the program director of the on-line post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) program at Boston University. She has worked at Boston University for 34 years and has expertise in the development and instruction of on-line graduate courses. In addition, she is a faculty-in-residence at Boston University where she hosts the weekly Sargent Choice Test Kitchen. In addition to being an occupational therapist, Karen is also a certified professional ergonomist (CPE) and the founding editor-in-chief of the international, interprofessional journal WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation (IOS Press, The Netherlands) and is a consultant in ergonomics, marketing, and entrepreneurship.Dr. Jacobs earned a doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Science at Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Deanna Klepper is an associate Professor of Religion and History. PhD, Northwestern University, MA, Northwestern University, BA, Northland College. Professor Klepper teaches courses on Christianity, Judaism, and medieval and early modern European religious history, with special interests in Christian-Jewish-Muslim relations and other cross-cultural religious encounters, the place of Bible in medieval culture, and the history of science. She taught previously at Williams College and has been the recipient of numerous prizes and fellowships, including the American Academy in Rome’s Rome Prize, a University of Pennsylvania Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for research. Professor Klepper’s research focuses on approaches to the Bible and biblical interpretation in medieval Christian-Jewish encounter and on the relationship between religious thought and policy/action

Irit Ruth Kleiman is the Associate Professor of Roma Sudies. She received her BA from UMich, MA and PhD degree from Harvard University. Professor Kleiman teaches courses on the literatures and cultures of medieval and Renaissance France, and serves on the faculty of the Core Curriculum in the Humanities. Her research interests include historiography, law and literature, intellectual history, the cultures of memory, Mediterranean studies, the material turn, history of the senses, psychoanalysis and literature, and the tropes of embodiment. Kleiman’s first book,  Philippe de Commynes: Memory, Betrayal, Text(University of Toronto Press, 2013),  received the Newberry Library’s Weiss/Brown Award. She is also the editor of Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Her other publications include articles and book chapters on topics including the apocryphal Life of Judas Iscariot, the romances of Chrétien de Troyes, the crusade narrative of Jean de Joinville, and the rhetoric of late-medieval political resistance. She is currently at work on a book about historical witness and the sense of touch. Kleiman served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Romance Studies from 2013 until the end of 2016, and as Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Medieval Studies from 2014-2016.

Glenn-Markenson-120x150 Glenn Markenson is a professor at the Boston University School of Medicine for CLINE Obstretrics & Gynecology.




Davida Pines is the chair and associate professor of Boston University College of General Studies. She graduated from Yale University with a BA degree, got her MA degree of English and American Literature from NYU and PhD from Oxford University.  She is interested in teaching “Argument and Composition”, “Graphic Narrative”, “Modernism”, and Harlem Renaissance. And her research focuses on long-form autobiographical comics, the relationship between image and text, and the teaching of writing.

Michael Oshins, Ed.D. has been a faculty member of Boston University School of Hospitality Administration (SHA) for over two decades.  He was the first member to earn the title of Associate Professor of the Practice at Boston University School of Hospitality Administration.   Mike has taught a dozen different courses at SHA, including Marketing, Service Quality & Human Resource Management and Leveraging Technology in Hospitality &Tourism at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  He currently teaches all incoming freshmen an overview of the industry with a focus on customer service and the senior capstone course in Hospitality Leadership. Mike is the current editor of the Boston Hospitality Review (BHR), an interdisciplinary journal devoted to scholarship and reflection about the theory and practice of hospitality as a business activity and cultural phenomenon. Mike holds a doctorate in Human Resource Education from Boston University, a masters in professional studies in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and a bachelor of arts in Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University of New York.

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Rachel Spekman is the Program Director of Business Ventures at the new Innovate@BU initiative. At Boston University, she manages programming for the for-profit ventures and works across the university on a variety of initiatives. Formerly, she was the Senior Director of Programming at MassChallenge, the largest accelerator on the planet. At MassChallenge, she oversaw the design and implementation of the 4-month Accelerator for startups where she developed the mentorship program and redesigned the curriculum. She is passionate about improving the quality of life for Bostonians, as well as creating an inclusive culture, especially for female founders and entrepreneurs from underserved communities. She has a background in education, non-profit, and marketing work and was selected as part of the Greater Boston Future Leaders Program. She holds an MBA from Simmons College, a Masters in Education from Lesley University, and a B.A. from Rutgers University.

Amy-Shanler Amy Shanler has more than 20 years of experience managing communications activities for multiple organizations and industries, including retail, technology, business, health care, and entertainment. As co-director of PRLab, the nation’s oldest student-run public relations agency and a cornerstone of Boston University’s College of Communication PR curriculum, Amy oversees a working, profitable and award-winning student-run PR agency. In addition, Amy teaches courses on media relations, principles of public relations, and crisis communications

StarobinskiDavid Starobinski is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Systems Engineering at Boston University, with an affiliated appointment in the Department of Computer Science. He is also a Faculty Fellow at the U.S. DoT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. He received the B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees, all in Electrical Engineering, from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, in 1993, 1996 and 1999, respectively.  During the academic year 1999-2000, he was a post-doctoral researcher in the EECS department at UC Berkeley, and in 2007-2008 he was an invited professor at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at EPFL (Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne).  Dr. Starobinski received a US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award and a US Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career award for his work on Quality of Service engineering and network modeling.

SteinbuchPearlPearl Steinbuch is a professor of Markets, Public Policy and Law at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Professor Steinbuch previously served as a professor in department of business administration at Mount Ida College, a senior manager of corporate development at Oracle Corporation, and in a variety of senior consulting and management roles at American Airlines/Sabre (AMR Corporation).


faculty_posterAri Trachtenberg received his PhD in Computer Science (2000) and M.S. in Computer Science (1996) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and his S.B. in Mathematics with Computer Science (1994) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Trachtenberg has been involved with Ben Gurion University (Distinguished Scientist Visitor, 2016), TripAdvisor (2016), MIT Lincoln Lab (2015), and the Technion (Visiting Professor, 2014).  He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2013, 2003), a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2002) and the UIUC Kuck Outstanding Thesis Award (2000).

7/28/10 3:30:35 PM -- Boston, Massachusetts Portrait of CAS Biology Professor David Waxman is for the Research Brochure . Photo by Kalman Zabarsky for Boston University Photography David Waxman is a professor of biology, medicine and biomedical engineering. He has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Harvard University, an addition to a B.A. in Chemistry from Queens College, CUNY. Professor Waxman’s primary interests are in genomic and epigenetic mechanisms controlling liver gene expression; molecular endocrinology and cell signaling through transcriptional networks; nuclear receptors and responses to environmental chemicals; role of immune system in cancer therapy and pharmacology.

ZankMichael Zank, a native of Germany with advanced degrees in Protestant Theology and Jewish Philosophy, has served as director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies since 2013. He joined the BU faculty in 1994 where he has since taught a wide array of courses in Jewish studies and philosophy of religion, ranging from the Bible to the philosophical critique of religion. Zank’s research focuses on German Jewish intellectual history but also extends to problems of biblical reception and political theology. In 2016, he published a collection of essays on modern Jewish philosophy (in German). His brief history of Jerusalem is forthcoming, a topic on which he also maintains a blog (see http://unholycity.blogspot.com/).


Jonathan Zatlin came to BU in 2002, where he has been an active teacher and scholar. His lecture course on twentieth-century German history won the 2008 prize for best syllabus from H-German, the online association of Germanists. In 2016-17, he won the Excellence in Advising from the Student Activities Organization for his work with the theater group Wandering Minds. He also served as Associate Director of the Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College at BU from 2012 to 2016.