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Rutgers University Gates

Advance your Career at Rutgers 

  • Advancement comes with a 9 percent salary increase and greater job security
  • Eligibility is based on semesters of service
  • Advancement opportunities for PTLs were implemented in 2019
  • Deadline is Feb. 15 for Spring 2021 applications


In its inaugural year, nearly 450 PTLs advanced, a success rate of 95 percent. 

The Office for Faculty Development offers a variety of support for PTLs, including workshops each semester on the Teaching Portfolio, an important element of the PTL Advancement process.

For details on career opportunities at Rutgers, review our tutorial on PTL ADVANCEMENT. 

To appy, download this PTL ADVANCEMENT form.

A strong Teaching Portfolio is a critical component for advancement. Register now for our our Teaching Portfolio Workshop on Feb. 3 and our follow-up Implementation Session on Feb. 8.  


 Meet Dr. Julia Zavadsky, Award-Winner

Dr. Julia Zavadsky

Dr. Julia Zavadsky has performed in a variety of major concert halls around the world. Yet her great reward as a choir director comes from watching students embrace the music – from the beginning of the semester when they describe the pronunciations as weird, to the end of the semester when the songs have become so familiar and beloved that students hum them subconsciously. “That path is really important,” she says.

Zavadsky is the artistic director of Nashirah, the Jewish Chorale of Greater Philadelphia; the Rutgers University Singers; and the Singing Hearts Choral Society of Southern New Jersey, the 60-voice community choir she founded in 2011.

Zavadsky, born in Ukraine, is an esteemed musician who has studied at Jerusalem Academy of Music and the R. Glier Kyiv Institute of Music. She continued her studies at Temple University and completed her DMA in SUNY Stony Brook. She has taught music theory classes and choir at Rutgers-Camden since 2006.

Over the years, she has earned a number of PTL Professional Development Fund awards. Some awards have helped defray the cost of musical equipment, but to Zavadsky, the most significant benefit of the Professional Development Fund is that it has funded her frequent trips to the annual convention of the American Choral Directors Association.

The significance of the convention cannot be overstated, says Zavadsky, who recently led a convention workshop on choosing a college choir repertoire in Jewish music. “Meeting the people and sharing the ideas and the experiences are absolutely priceless,” she says. “Most of the music I perform at Rutgers, I bring from these conferences. That’s where all the sharing is happening.

“I absolutely can tell you that I would never be able to do that without the fund.”

Zavadsky’s choir classes were scrapped this year thanks to the pandemic; she looks forward to the possibility of meeting in person again in Fall 2021. The choir is open to performers of all levels, and is an opportunity to share Jewish music with non-Jewish students and the community at large. This sharing of cultures is especially important in these divisive times, she notes.

“Choir is about community and bringing people together. A lot of warmth and camaraderie come from that.”


NOTE: PTL Professional Development Fund Awards will be announced in February.