Adjunct Professor of Business Communication and Professional Writing

Zsuzsanna Palmer teaches courses in business communication and professional writing. She  received her PhD in English from Old Dominion University in 2015 with an emphasis in Writing, Discourse, Technology, and Media Studies. Her research interests include intercultural communication in the workplace and the classroom and visual rhetoric. Her work has been published in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication and in the International Journal of the Image.

David Paredes, Ph.D, has been teaching at Drexel University since 2008. He was a guest lecturer in 2015 at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. He's written for a number of trade publications, including Training and Development Magazine and Claims Magazine. 

In addition to teaching, Paredes has been a Senior Manager for Learning and Talent Management at Kemper since 2003.

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 in Jewish Education

Retired after 35 years of serving as a Director of Education in the Conservative movement, Lonna has pioneered programs in Family Education, Staff Development, Integrating Creative Expression into the School Environment, Faculty Child-care and Creating Community.  She served as a USCJ U-STEP Facilitator and as JEA Placement Advisor.  Past President of the Jewish Educators Assembly, she is currently an Etgar Teacher Educator and an Adjunct Professor at Gratz College. In addition to authoring many articles and facilitating workshops for the JEA, JESNA, CAJE and The Melton Research Center, Lonna has been recognized for her work in mentoring and training teachers and principals. She studied at Towson State University (B.A.) and JTS (M.Ed., Doctor of Pedagogy, honoris causa). Her first love is her family: her husband of 53 years, 2 daughters and their husbands and 5 incredible grandchildren.  In her leisure hours, she enjoys golf, cycling, cooking and reading. 

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).