John Maddaus

maddausAssociate Professor Emeritus of Education

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 teaching Maine Native American studies for K-12 students. He also is exploring multicultural education in India, where he served in the Peace Corps from 1965-67, and revisited in November 2017. He teaches courses in action research for practicing teachers. He also co-teaches a travel study course in May, Maine Island Culture and Community Engagement, with Dr. Annette Nelligan. Prior to his retirement in 2017, he served for nine years as 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 and annual visits to UMaine by Somali high school students from Lewiston’s Tree Street Youth program. In 1994-97, he co-founded the Native American Studies program at UMaine. He is an active member of the National Association for Multicultural Education and the American Educational Research Association.

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 586: Seminar: Action Research in PreK-12 Schools
  • EHD 587: Practicum: Action Research in PreK-12 Schools
  • EHD 462, 472, 580; CEC 580: Maine Island Culture and Community Engagement, with Dr. Annette Nelligan (travel study course)

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.