Jonathan Zimmerman


Jonathan Zimmerman is Professor of History of Education and the Berkowitz Professor in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. A former Peace Corps volunteer and high school teacher, Zimmerman is the author of nine books, including Free Speech and Why You Should Give a Damn (with illustrations by Signe Wilkinson) and The Amateur Hour: A History of College Teaching in America. Next year, University of Chicago Press will publish a revised 20th-anniversary edition of Zimmerman's 2002 book, Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools. Zimmerman is also a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, the New York Review of Books, and other popular magazines and newspapers. He has appeared on National Public Radio, the Joe Rogan Show and dozens of other podcasts, TV shows, and radio interviews. Zimmerman previously taught for 20 years at New York University, where he received its Distinguished Teaching Award in 2008.

"I'm delighted to participate in GradFUTURES, one of the most exciting developments in American higher education right now. We can no longer pretend that we are preparing all of our graduate students for tenure-track jobs at four-year academic institutions. But too many of us do indeed pretend, in ways that can only harm the human beings in our charge.

GradFUTURES shows a different--and better--way forward. I'm particularly impressed by its accent upon teaching, which has long been the poor (and neglected) child of graduate training. By exposing graduate students to different institutional venues of teaching--as well as to different methods of classroom instruction--GradFUTURES will help prepare students for a much wider range of jobs than we formerly imagined. That can only be a good thing for them, and--not incidentally--for their nation and world.

I've read about GradFUTURES, but--up until now--I haven't participated in any of its programming. So I'm looking forward to attending its workshops, and to learning more about it!"

I have participated in the following GradFUTURES Programs: GradFUTURES Learning Cohort, Skills for Scholars