Karen Reiss Medwed

Teaching Professor


Dr. Karen G Reiss Medwed is Senior Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs and Network Engagement in the College of Professional Studies. In her role she supports the faculty journey from recruitment pipelines to diverse hires, to faculty development and promotion to support student engagement and student success. She also supports the processes to recognize and showcase faculty through their awards which inform their excellence in working with the CPS adult learner. Her work in Network Engagement supports CPS Graduations in Boston and across the Northeastern Network, celebrating the student transition to alumni of the College, and supports CPS networks such as alumni and scholarships. She teaches and chairs doctoral theses in the EdD program as well. Dr. Reiss Medwed has 20 years of experience in education, continuing education, online education, faith based education and higher education.

Dr. Reiss Medwed earned her Ph.D. from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning with a specialization in Jewish education. She was also a Steinhardt Fellow for the four years of her doctoral studies. She went on to design and develop a Master of Education program in Faith Based Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In the years following she served as Dean of Faculty for Prozdor at the Hebrew College as well as Director of Online Learning for Faculty at the Hebrew College, while she was an Assistant Professor there. She joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Education of the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University in 2011. 

Dr. Reiss Medwed’s scholarship includes understanding the growth of the field of online education and instruction in both higher education, in K-12 education and in faith based education. She has served as a curriculum consultant for organizations and schools, while working on scholarship on progressive curriculum development. Dr. Reiss Medwed has reviewed for the AACE as well as NRJE.

Courses taught include research methods, proposal development, transforming human systems, curriculum leadership, and faith based education. 


PhD from New York University (2005)

Professional Experience

Senior Assistant Dean, Faculty Affairs, College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Special Advisor to the Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Assistant Dean Networks, Partnerships and Global Engagement, Graduate School of Education, CPS, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Assistant Dean Academic and Faculty Affairs, Graduate School of Education, CPS, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

Associate Teaching Professor, Graduate School of Education, CPS, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

Assistant Professor, Hebrew College, Boston, MA.

Dean of Faculty, Hebrew College, Boston, MA.

Parenting Teens Curriculum Editor, Hebrew College, Boston, MA.

Director Religious Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Visiting Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education and College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.