John Maddaus

maddausAssociate Professor of Education
Phone: 207.581.2429
Fax: 207.581.2423

331 Shibles Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5766

Bio: John Maddaus specializes in multicultural education, with particular interests in Maine Native American education and Maine Native American studies for K-12 students, as well as addressing the educational needs of rural students in low-income families. He also teaches courses in action research for practicing teachers. He is chair of the College of Education and Human Development’s Diversity and Difference Standing Committee, which promotes a variety of diversity and difference initiatives, including Libra Visiting Professorships for multicultural education, an annual symposium for educators of international students in Maine high schools, and annual visits to UMaine by Somali high school students from Lewiston’s Tree Street Youth program. John serves as program coordinator for undergraduate teacher education programs in the Department of Teacher and Counselor Education, as well as for the master’s and C.A.S. degrees in elementary education and secondary education (Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction). He is an active member of the American Educational Research Association and the National Association for Multicultural Education. He co-founded the Native American Studies program at UMaine.

Ph.D., 1987, Syracuse University
M.A., 1973, School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vt.
M.A., 1972, College of Saint Rose, Albany, N.Y.
M.S., 1968, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A., 1965, University of Rochester

Courses taught at UMaine

  • EHD 202: Education in a Multicultural Society
  • EHD 521: Evaluation of Instruction
  • EHD 586: Seminar: Action Research in PreK-12 Schools
  • EHD 587: Practicum: Action Research in PreK-12 Schools
  • EHD 657: Educational Practicum

Sample publications

  • “Realizing the Vision of LD291: ‘An Act to Require Teaching of Maine Native American History and Culture in Maine’s Schools'” (with Donna Loring, Maureen E. Smith, and Melanie Twitchell), Journal of Maine Education, Vol. XXVI, No. 1, 2010.
  • “What is Quality Education for American Indian Students? The Case of the Wabanaki Tribes of Maine” (with Lisa Neuman and Maureen Smith), International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, Vol. 4, 2004. [online]
  • “Overcoming Obstacles to Preparing for College: Perspectives from a Rural Upward Bound Program” (with Andre Grimard), The Rural Educator, Vol. 25, No. 3, Spring 2004, pp. 30-37.