Curriculum and Instruction

Barry WittenBarry L. Witten, Ph.D.

Professor, Interim Chair
Curriculum & Instruction
Office: Horrabin Hall, 40A
Phone: 309/298-1961

Dr. Witten earned his Ph.D. from Kansas State University in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in social studies education, in 1999. He also holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from Fort Hays State University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Social Studies Education at both elementary and secondary levels in the department. Dr. Witten is active at the state and national levels of the National Council for the Social Studies and is also active in the National Council for Geographic Education. Dr. Witten worked with two U.S. history grants for area middle level and high school American history teachers funded by the U.S. Department of Education. He edited seven volumes of teaching strategies as editor of publications for both grants. His research interests include the American West, historical inquiry, performance assessment, and current issues and trends in elementary and middle level education. Dr. Witten currently serves as the chair of the Graduate Committee for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and is the coordinator for the Graduate Program in Elementary Education. He serves as an advisor for about 75 candidates in this program.