Beth S. Dotan
Beth S. Dotan Ph.D. Program Teaching, Curriculum and Learning

Brief Biography

Beth S. Dotan is a Ph.D. candidate in Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education. Her research looks at how critical inquiry and methodologies can be effective in the continued relevance of Holocaust studies and memory by using these tools to guide Holocaust education in the Digital Humanities. Beth earned her MA in Jewish Education, Curriculum and Instruction from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Hebrew Union College, Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Los Angeles, and received an Honorary Doctor of Education from HUC-JIR in 2014. Her BA is from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in History and Hebrew with a Certificate in Women's Studies. She holds a certificate in Museum Studies from Haifa University.
Beth was formally the Director of the International Department at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum in the Western Galilee, Israel, and was the Founding Executive Director of the Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE) in Omaha, Nebraska, serving for 13 years. 

As Graduate Assistant in TLTE, Beth was an instructor for several semesters teaching TEAC 331 School & Society Foundations course and was a graduate research assistant with Dr. John Raible.

Research Interests

In addition to her interest in critical theories of education, Beth's work focuses on teaching about the Holocaust and curriculum development in this area. Through support from the UNL Harris Center for Judaic Studies and the UNL Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, Beth is working on a research project titled, "Nebraska Stories of Humanity - Holocaust Survivors & WWII Veterans: A Network Portal & Educational Website."

Publications & Conference Presentations
  • Beth S. Dotan and Laura Weakly. Invited panelists to the FDR Library’s virtual conference, “Examining American Responses to the Holocaust: Digital Possibilities.” Presentation title: “Nebraska Stories of Humanity in a US Refugee Resettlement State: A Digital Humanities Approach,” October 12-15, 2021.
  • Beth S. Dotan. Building Nebraska Holocaust Survivor & WWII Veteran Network and Educational Portal. Poster presented at the #DHJewish – Jewish Studies in the Digital Age virtual conference, University of Luxembourg, January 11-14, 2021.


Curriculum Guides

  • 2009 - Co-authored curriculum guide with Touro Law Center to accompany the Holocaust documentary "Hitler’s Courts: Betrayal of the Rule of Law"
  • 2002 - Co-authored curriculum guide to accompany the Holocaust documentary "Tak for Alt: Survival of a Human Spirit"