Education Professor Elijah Mirochnik Dies

Posted: May 16, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Elijah Mirochnik
Elijah Mirochnik

Elijah Mirochnik, assistant professor in the Initiatives in Educational Transformation (IET) program in the College of Education and Human Development, died Saturday, May 12, from colon cancer.

Mirochnik joined Mason and the IET program in 2002. He first worked at the Prince William Campus, then moved to the Arlington Campus in 2004. IET is a school-based master’s degree program for practicing teachers of kindergarten through 12th grade.

Mirochnik, who emigrated from Israel to the United States as a young child, had a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in architecture and urban design from Columbia University, a master’s degree in education from Harvard and a PhD from the University of California-Berkeley.

From 1997 to 2002, he was a faculty member at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., within the Creative Arts in Learning Division.

He wrote the book, “Teaching in the First Person: Understanding Voice and Vocabulary in Learning Relationships” (2000), and co-edited “Passion and Pedagogy: Relation, Creation, and Transformation in Teaching” (2002).

He was also a visual/performance artist and used photography, poetry, and public-space manipulation to explore controversial issues and personal identity, which was the subject of a Gazette article in 2005.

A memorial service is planned for early June, when his wife Shenglin returns to the area from California. In the meantime, notes of condolence may be sent to her at this address: 27 Whitmore Street, Oakland, CA 94611.

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