Dr Alexander M. Dushkin of Chicago has been unanimously chosen by the executive council of the Hebrew University as the first professor in the new department of education at the university in Jerusalem, it was announced Friday by Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach, president of the American Friends ### the Hebrew University. Dr. Dushkin is expected in New York next month and will proceed immediately to Palestine to assume his duties at the university. He will also head the practice school, to be established along the lines of similar experimental educational projects in this country, Dr. Rosenbach said. The school will be opened in the Fall of 1935.
“The new department will be sponsored by Americans, as well as launched by them, through a group of American teachers, educators and social workers, headed by A. P. Schoolman, who have formed themselves into a committee for its support,” said Dr. Rosenbach.
Dr. Dushkin will hold the post of associate professor in educational method and administration in the newly formed department of education which will be established as part of the Faculty of Humanities, for the purpose of providing opportunities for graduate studies in pedagogy by teachers employed in the public and private schools in Palestine. The department will specialize in the training of teachers for secondary schools.
It is planned that the department will also carry on research ### experimentation with the idea ###raising of standards in the Palestinian school system, according to Dr. Rosenbach.
“With the rapid growth of the Jewish population in Palestine, it has become inevitable that the Hebrew University concern itself not only with elevating the level of teachers’ training in the country, but also with providing continuous training for teachers in service, for carrying on research work in education, and for conducting experimental activities designed to improve the Palestine school system,” said Rr. Rosenbach.
Dr. Dushkin, who is at present executive director of the Board of Jewish Education in Chicago, was the first Jewish inspector of schools appointed by the government of Palestine during Sir Herbert Samuel’s administration. He lived in Palestine from 1919 to 1921, during which time he was associated with the Zionist Board of Education, and taught in the Hebrew Teachers’ Seminary in Jerusalem.