Alan Marcus

Associate Professor


Titles:

Associate Professor
University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D. Curriculum & Teacher Education, Stanford University 2003
M.A.T Social Studies Education, Boston University 1992
B.S. Political Science, Tufts University 1990

Areas of Expertise:

Social Studies Education

History Education

Teacher Education

Media Literacy

Museum Education

Biography:

 

Alan Marcus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and is a University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow. His research and teaching focus on social studies education and teacher education, specializing in museum education and teaching with film with an emphasis on studying World War II and the Holocaust. Alan collaborates with museum educators across the United States and internationally, is a Faculty Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, runs a study abroad field experience for his pre-service teachers to WWII historic sites and museums in Europe, and collaborates on research and teaching with faculty at the University of Nottingham in the UK. Alan earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University in curriculum and teacher education. Prior to attending Stanford he taught high school social studies for seven years. He is a co-author for “Teaching History with Museums: Strategies for K-12 Social Studies” (Routledge, 2012) and “Teaching History with Film: Strategies for Secondary Social Studies” (Routledge, 2010). Alan is the past president of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies and most recently was a lead writer for the new State of Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks.

 

Funded Research:

Making History: Implementing CT’s New Social Studies Frameworks

Supporting student learning at history museums: the practices of teachers and museum professionals

Hollywood History in High School: the relationship between teachers’ use of film and students’ perceptions and understanding of history.

Representing the past, reflecting the present: How students learn history at history museums

Selected Publications/Presentations:

Stoddard, Jeremy D., Marcus, Alan S. & Squire, Kurt. (2015). Learning Local Immigration History In and Out of the Museum. Museum & Society.  13 (1).

Moss, David M., Marcus, Alan S. (2015). Over there: Exploring a WWII themed short-duration study abroad program for pre-service teachers. In David Schwarzer & Beatrice L. Bridglall (Editors) Promoting Global Competence and Social Justice in Teacher Education. Rowan & Littlefield Publishers.

Stoddard, Jeremy D., Marcus, Alan S., Hicks, David. (2014). The Burden of Historical Representation: The Case of/for Indigenous Film. The History Teacher. 48 (1).

Maley, Cory & Marcus, Alan S. (2013) We need to talk: Improving dialogue between social studies teachers and museum educators. The Social Studies.

Marcus, Alan S., Grenier, Robin, & Levine, Thomas H. (2012). How secondary history teachers use and think about museums: Current practices and untapped promise for promoting historical understanding. Theory and Research in Social Education.

Marcus, Alan S., Stoddard, Jeremy D., Woodward, Walter. (2012) Teaching History With Museums: Strategies for K-12 Social Studies. Routledge: New York.

Marcus, Alan S. (2011). From The Civil War to 9/11: Democracy and the Right to a Fair Trial. Social Education. 75 (4), 196-198.

Marcus, Alan S. & Levine, Thomas H.  (2011) Knight at the Museum: Learning History with Museums. The Social Studies. 102 (3), 104-109.

Marcus, Alan S.; Metzger, Scott Alan; Paxton, Richard J.; & Stoddard, Jeremy D. (2010) Teaching History with Film: Strategies for Secondary Social Studies. Routledge: New York.

Marcus, Alan S. & Levine, Thomas H. (2010) Remember The Alamo? Learning History with Monuments and Memorials. Social Education. 74 (3), 131-134.

Marcus, Alan S. & Stoddard, Jeremy D. (2010). More Than “Showing What Happened” Exploring the Potential for Teaching History with Film. High School Journal.

Levine, Thomas  H. & Marcus, Alan S. (2010) How the structure and focus of teachers’ collaborative activities facilitate and constrain teacher learning. Teaching and Teacher Education. 26 (3), 389-398.

Marcus, Alan S. & Stoddard, Jeremy D. (2009). The inconvenient truth about teaching history with documentary film: Strategies for presenting multiple perspectives and teaching controversial issues. The Social Studies. 100 (6), 279-285.

Marcus, Alan S. & Monaghan, Margaret. (2009, Spring) Tasting the fluoride: Feature film, women’s history, and modern-day critical consciousness. Social Studies Research & Practice. 4 (1).

Marcus, Alan S. (2008, Spring) Museum and school collaboration: Rethinking adult education for K- 12 teachers.  Journal of Museum Education. 33 (1), 55-78.

Marcus, Alan S. (Ed). (2007) Celluloid Blackboard: Teaching History with Film. Information Age Publishers: Charlotte, NC.

Marcus, Alan S.; Stoddard, Jeremy D. (May/June 2007) Tinsel Town as Teacher: Hollywood Film in the High School History Classroom. The History Teacher.

Levine, Thomas H. & Marcus, Alan S. (2007, Fall) How schools close the achievement gap: Facilitating multiple trajectories of teacher learning. Journal of Advanced Academics. 19 (1), 116-138.

Marcus, Alan S. (2007) Representing the Past, Reflecting the Present: Museums, Memorials, and the Secondary History Classroom. The Social Studies. 98 (3). 105-110.

Marcus, Alan S.; Paxton, Richard J.; Meyerson, Peter (2006, Fall) “The reality of it all:” History students read the movies. Theory and Research in Social Education.

Stoddard, Jeremy D. & Marcus, Alan S. (2006, Spring) The Burden of Historical Representation: Race, Freedom and “Educational” Hollywood Film. Film & History. 36.1

Marcus, Alan S. (2005, March/April) “It is as it was:” Feature Film in the History Classroom. The Social Studies. 96 (2) 61-67.

Honors/Awards:

University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow.

AAUP-University of Connecticut Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching. 2011

Stanford Teacher Education Program Award: Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. June 2001

Stanford University School of Education Fellowship. 1999-2000

Associations/Committees/Outreach:

Faculty Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Editorial Board, Theory & Research in Social Education

Past President and Board Member, Connecticut Council for the Social Studies.

Neag Social Studies Alumni Association (NSAA). Founder and faculty sponsor.

Teaching American History in the Capitol Region (CREC Teaching American History Grant)

In the News:

Museum Examines Onlookers’ Role in Holocaust

Innovative Exhibits Provide Insights Into Museum Curating, Weather’s Impact on WWII

Neag and History Professors Collaborate on “Teaching History with Museums” Book

Neag Professor Leads European Embarkment on WWII Studies

Teaching the Meaning of 9/11

9/11 Tradegy Provides Teachable Moments

Teaching History with Museums

It’s All in the Historical Record – But Whose?

Film an important classroom tool says education professor

Review of Celluloid Blackboard in Teachers College Record

Contact Information
Emailalan.marcus@uconn.edu
Phone860 486 0281
Mailing AddressUnit 3033
Office LocationGentry 424
Linkhttp://www.teamsocialstudies.uconn.edu