Dr. Leslie G. Klein
Dr. Leslie Ginsparg Klein has been the Academic Dean of General Studies at WITS/Maalot since 2013. From her first involvement in 2011 as the creator and director of the capstone program, and as Academic Dean, Dr. Klein consistently demonstrates innovation and intellectual sophistication in her approach to higher education.
Under Dr. Klein’s guidance, WITS/Maalot had developed new partnerships and degree programs, resulting in expanded academic opportunities for WITS/Maalot students. Most notably, Dr. Klein created a partnership and degree program with Gratz College which has allowed WITS/Maalot to greatly expand its course offerings. The achievement of national accreditation, a process initiated by Mrs. Gross, Academic Dean Emerita, came to fruition under Dr. Klein’s tenure, and was aided by her very well-received testimony before The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). Dr. Klein’s leadership has helped greatly bolster the strength and reputation of WITS/Maalot. In addition, Dr. Klein actively cultivates relationships with graduate and professional programs and advocates for WITS/Maalot students. Dr. Klein teaches history, public speaking and the capstone senior research seminar.
In addition to and equally important as the academic advances WITS/Maalot has achieved under Dr. Klein’s direction, Dr. Klein has forged strong relationships with our students. Students know that Dr. Klein is available to meet with them, offering guidance on anything from graduate applications and essay writing to personal concerns.
Dr. Klein brings to WITS/Maalot over 15 years of experience in higher education. She previously served as the Director of the Honors Program at the Lander College for Women (Touro College) in Manhattan. She has taught history, education and Jewish studies to graduate and undergraduate students at Gratz College, Hebrew Theological College, Touro College and the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School.
Dr. Klein received her Ph.D. in Education and Jewish Studies and her M.A. in History from New York University, where she researched the history of Bais Yaakov. Dr. Klein graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yeshiva University and spent a year of study at Michlalah. Dr. Klein is a highly sought-after speaker who has lectured across the United States and Israel. Her writing has been published in academic journals and popular publications such as the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Jewish Action, Lehrhaus, Cross-Currents, the Forward, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.