Beth S. Dotan
Beth S. Dotan

bdotan@huskers.unl.edu Ph.D. Program Teaching, Curriculum and Learning

Brief Biography

Beth S. Dotan is presently working toward her Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education. Her research looks at critical theories of education 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 also works on numerous Holocaust educational projects, including the Chapman University Holocaust Art and Writing Contest. She 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. In her early years in Holocaust education, Dotan was a staff member at the Yad Layeled Children’s Memorial at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum, while also working as an interviewer for the USC Shoah Visual History Foundation interviewing Holocaust survivors in Israel.

As Graduate Assistant in TLTE, Beth was an instructor for several semesters teaching TEAC 331 School & Society Foundations course. She is 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

Dotan, Beth (2013) "Holocaust Cinema," Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 17 : Iss. 1, Article 43.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol17/iss1/43

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"