College of Education and Health Professions

Samuel Totten, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction

Samuel Totten, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction
Curriculum and Instruction


samstertotten@gmail.com

Degrees:

Ed.D.,  Columbia University, Teachers College, Curriculum and Teaching, 1985
M.Ed.  Columbia University, Teachers College, Curriculum and Teaching, 1982
M.A.,   California State University, Sacramento, English, 1980
B.A.,   California State University, Long Beach, English, 1972

Teaching Areas:

Curriculum theory, instructional practices, the change process, process writing, middle level education, and secondary education

Research Interests:

Holocaust and genocide education, genocide theory, post-genocide Rwanda and the Darfur genocide

Professional Biography:

Samuel Totten earned a master's degree and a doctoral degree at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he studied under Dr. Maxine Greene, Dr. Ann Lieberman,  Dr. Dwayne Huebner, Dr. Lawrence Cremin, and Dr. Karen Zumwalt. Totten also earned a BA and a MA in English from state universities in California.

Totten has taught at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, since 1987. He co-developed the Middle Level Master of Arts Program(MAT) and has taught courses in the program since its inception. He also founded the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project (NWAWP) and served as its director from 1997 through 2007.

Totten is co-founding editor of Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal (University of Toronto Press) and has served as a co-editor from 2005 to the present. He is also a co-editor of the Journal of African Conflicts and Peace Studies (Centre for Conflict Management, National University of Rwanda).

During the summer of 2004, Totten served as one of the 24 investigators with the U.S. State Department's Atrocities Documentation Project interviewing black African refugees along the Chad/Sudan border in order to collect data for the express purpose of ascertaining whether genocide had been perpetrated in Darfur.

Totten was a Fulbright Scholar in Rwanda at the National University of Rwanda from January 2008 to July 2008. As a Fulbright Scholar, he developed a new master's degree in genocide studies that is currently offered by the National University of Rwanda.

Totten has been the recipient of the College of Education and Health Profession's Teaching Award (1991-1992); Service Award (1992-1993), Service Award (2000), Research Award (2003), and All-Around Award (2004). He was also the recipient of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction's Teaching Award (1993), Service Award (1995 and 1997) and Research Award (2003, 2005 and 2006). 

He was also the recipient of the National Council for Teachers of English's Richard Meade Research Award (for his co-publication of the book Teaching Social Issues in the English Classroom) and a 1995 EdPress Award for "best single theme issue of 1995" that acknowledged his co-editing of a special issue ("Teaching About the Holocaust") of Social Education, the official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Publications/Presentations:

BOOKS/EDITED BOOKS

Totten, S. (forthcoming). First Person Accounts of the Darfur Genocide. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

 

Totten, S., and Ubaldo, R. (forthcoming). The Rwandan Genocide: Interviews with Survivors. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

 

Totten, S. (Ed.) (2009). Plight and Fate of Women During and Following Genocide. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

 

Totten, S., and Parsons, William S. (Eds.) (2009). Century of Genocide: Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts. Third Edition. New York: Routledge.

 

Totten, S., and Bartrop, Paul (2008). Dictionary of Genocide. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishers.

Totten, S., and Bartrop, P. (Eds.) (2008). The Genocide Reader. New York: Routledge.

Totten, S., and Markusen, E. (Eds.) (2006). Genocide in Darfur: Investigating Atrocities in the Sudan. New York: Routledge.

Totten S. (2006). The Prevention and Intervention of Genocide: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Routledge.

Totten, S. (Ed.) (2005). Genocide at the Millennium. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Totten, S., and Pedersen, Jon (Eds.) (2005). Researching and Teaching About Social Issues. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Totten, S., Parsons, W.S., & Charny, I.W. (2004). Century of Genocide: Critical Essays and Eyewitness Testimony. New York: Routledge

Totten, S.(Ed.) (2004). Teaching About Genocide. Greenwich, CT: Information Age.

Totten, S., Jacobs, S., & Bartrop, P. (Eds.) (2004). Teaching the Holocaust at the University and College Levels. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Totten, S. (Ed.) (2003). Working to Make a Difference: The Personal and Pedagogical Stories of Holocaust Educators Across the Globe. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Totten, S. (Ed.) (2002). Remembering the Past, Educating for the Future: Educators Encounter the Holocaust. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Totten, S., & Jacobs, S. (Eds.) (2002). Pioneers of Genocide Studies. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Totten, S. (2002). Holocaust Education: Issues and Approaches.  Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon Publishers.

Totten, S., & Feinberg, S. (Eds.) (2001). Teaching and Studying About the Holocaust.  Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon Publishers. 

Totten, S. (Ed.) (2001). Teaching Holocaust Literature. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon Publishers.

Charny, I.W. (Chief Editor) & Adalian, R., Jacobs, S., Markusen, E., & Totten, S. (Associate Editors). (1999). Encyclopedia of Genocide. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC CLIO Press.

Totten, S., Parsons, W.S., & Charny, I.W. (Eds.) (1997). Century of Genocide: Eyewitness Accounts and Critical Views. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc. Expanded, paperback version of Genocide in the Twentieth Century.

Totten, S., & Pedersen, J. (Eds.) (1997). Social Issues and Service at the Middle Level. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon Publishers.

Totten, S., Parsons, W.S., & Charny, I.W. (Eds.) (1995). Genocide in the Twentieth Century: Critical Essays and Eyewitness Testimony. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc.

Hurlbert, M., & Totten, S. (Eds.). (1992). Social Issues in the English Classroom.  Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Totten, S. (1991). First Person Accounts of Genocidal Acts Committed in the Twentieth Century: A Critical Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

ARTICLES/ESSAYS

Totten, S. (2010). The UN Commission of Inquiry: A Critical Analysis. Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal,  December, 5(1): 354-378.

 

Totten, S. (2009). Saving Lives in Darfur, 2003-2006? Lots of Talk, Little to No Action, pp. 183-214. In Amanda F. Grzyb (Ed.) The World and Darfur: International Response to Crimes Against Humanity in Western Sudan. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

 

Totten, S. (2009). The Darfur Genocide, pp. 555-607. In Samuel Totten and William S. Parsons (Eds.) Century of Genocide: Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts. Third Edition. New York: Routledge.

Totten, S. (2009). The Release and Use of Imprisoned Criminals and/or Known Gangsters During the Commission of Acts Potentially Leading Up to Genocide: A Clear and Unmistakable Early Signal of a Failed State –  Preliminary Thoughts. Journal of African Conflicts and Peace Studies. September, 1(2):43-67.

Totten, S. (2006). The Investigation into the Darfur Crisis and the U.S. Government's Determination of Genocide. Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, 1(1):57-77.

Totten, S. (2005). Writing to Learn for Preservice Teachers. The Quarterly of the National Writing Project, 27(2), 17-20, 28.

Totten, S., & Markusen, E. (2005). The Darfur Atrocities Documentation Project: A Research Report. Journal of Genocide Studies.

Totten, S., & Riley, K.L. (2005). Authentic Pedagogy and the Holocaust: A Critical Review of  State Sponsored Holocaust Curricula. Theory and Research in Social Education, 33(1), 120-141.

Totten, S. (2004). The Intervention and Prevention of Genocide: Sisphyean or Doable? Journal of Genocide Studies, 6(2), 229-247.

Totten, S. (2003, Winter). Completing the Paradigm Shift to Process Writing: The Need to Lead. The NWP [National Writing Project] Quarterly, pp. 8-13, 38.

Riley, K., & Totten, S. (2002, Fall). Understanding Matters: Holocaust Curricula and the Social Studies Classroom. Theory & Research in Social Education, 30(4), 541-562.

Totten, S. (2002, Summer). Teaching About Genocides Other than the Holocaust. Trends and Issues: The Quarterly Publication of the Florida Council for the Social Studies, 14(2), 7-13.
(Note: The editor of Trends and Issues requested permission to reprint this article that originally appeared in Social Education in 2001.)

Totten, S. (2001). Addressing the 'Null Curriculum': Teaching About Genocides Other than the Holocaust. Social Education, 65(5), 309-313.

Totten, Samuel (2000). Minimizing, Simplifying, and "Denying" the Complexity and Horror of the Holocaust: Using Simulations in an Attempt to Convey Historical Experiences. Social Education,  64(3), 165-171.