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College Faculty



Dr. David Paredes has been teaching courses on education technology, leadership and creativity since 2008. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of corporate learning and development and has held a variety of leadership positions in financial services and consulting.  He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Drexel University in 2011 where his dissertation studied the effects of constructivist instructional strategies on employees’ readiness for major organizational change. In addition to his Ph.D., he has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a graduate degree in Instructional Systems Design from Penn State. He served in the United States Air Force.  Dr. Paredes has a keen interest in studying individuals’ motivations for making radical personal changes and how this can stimulate creative thinking. 


  • PhD in Educational Leadership, Drexel University
  • MEd in Instructional Systems Design, The Pennsylvania State University
  • BA in Philosophy, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Carson Phillips, Ph.D., holds a B.A. from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Graduate Diploma in Holocaust and Genocide Education from the University of Toronto, and an M.A. from York University. He earned his Ph.D. from York University; receiving the BMW Canada Award for Excellence from the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies. He has received numerous scholarly awards and fellowships including the Fleischer Award, Gertner Award, and the Klasner Fellowship from York University; the Alfred Lerner Fellowship from the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous; and the Hess Faculty Seminar Fellowship from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Most recently, he was the recipient of a research fellowship from the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute where he focused on post-Holocaust conceptualisations of gender in the occupied zones of Vienna between 1945 - 1955. He has presented and published his research in Austria, Canada, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, and the United States.

Dr. Phillips served as a Canadian delegate to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) from 2009 – 2013, where he was an active member of the Education Working Group, the Committee on the Roma Genocide, and the Committee on Teaching About the Holocaust and other Genocides. He continued to serve as an external advisor to IHRA’s Funding Review Committee, 2015 – 2017. He is an editorial board member of Prism – An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators and adjunct faculty at Gratz College, USA. 

Additionally, Dr. Phillips is the Managing Director of the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto, Canada. He has served as an advisor and consultant on numerous projects including the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Advisory Council for dealing with sensitive materials (The Evidence Room exhibition 2017), and the National Holocaust Monument for Canada (2015). At the Neuberger, he currently oversees a number of innovative educational initiatives including the development of Holocaust education programming for English Language Learners (ELL). 

Adjunct Instructor, Gratz College

William Plevan Ph.D. holds rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a doctorate in Religion from Princeton University, where he wrote a dissertation on the philosophical anthropology of Martin Buber. He has taught Jewish philosophy, theology and ethics at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College, and in a variety of adult educational settings. His article “Holiness in Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, and Martin Buber,” was recently published in Holiness in Jewish Thought, edited by Alan Mittleman (Oxford University Press, 2018). He is also the author of Martin Buber: The Dialogue With God,” in Jewish Theology in Our Time (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2010) and was the editor of the festschrift, Personal Theology: Essays in Honor of Neil Gillman (Academic Studies Press 2013).

Alison Polly graduated from Mansfield University and completed her doctoral work at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and works for a local school district as a high school principal.

Meredith Polsky founded Matan ( in 2000 and serves as Matan's National Director of Institutes and Training, as well as a Child and Family Therapist and Selective Mutism Specialist at Growing Minds Child and Family Therapy Center. Meredith is a nationally sought-after speaker on Jewish Special Education. She holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Bank Street College, a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University and a graduate certificate in Early Intervention from Georgetown University. Meredith is a 2017 Covenant Award recipient, and co-author of the award-winning children’s books I Have a Question about Death, I Have a Question about Divorce, and I Have a Question about Cancer (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively). For Gratz College, Ms. Polsky has taught in the NEXT program and is an adjunct instructor in Jewish Education in the college.