Sevan Terzian 


Sevan Terzian





PO Box 117048
Gainesville FL 32611



I am a professor of social foundations of education in the School of Teaching & Learning. I teach graduate and undergraduate courses on the history of American education and the philosophical foundations of education. My scholarship has focused on the history of the American high school; the history of science, gender, and education in the postwar era; and conflicts among different governing bodies in education in the latter half of the twentieth century. My book, Science Education and Citizenship:  Fairs, Clubs, and Talent Searches for American Youth, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in January 2013. I also co-edited a book, American Education in Popular Media: From the Blackboard to the Silver Screen, published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan. I am currently researching a book-length study of the racial and cultural dimensions of giftedness in twentieth-century American education.


  • School of Teaching and Learning

Research Interests

Achievement, Education Types, Educational Studies, Gender Issues, Gifted Education, History of Education, Philosophy of Education, Qualitative Research, Race / Ethnicity Issues, Science Education, Secondary / High School Transition, Social Studies Education, Socioeconomic Foundations


  • Ph.D. - Indiana University, 2000, History of Education
  • Ph.D. - Indiana University, 2000, American Studies
  • M.A. - Indiana University, 1993, History
  • B.A. - Cornell University, 1991, History (cum laude)

Professional Appointments

  • Professor, University of Florida, School of Teaching & Learning, 2014-present.
  • Associate Professor, University of Florida, School of Teaching & Learning, 2006-2014.
  • Assistant Professor, University of Florida, School of Teaching & Learning, 2004-2006.
  • Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, & Foundations, 2000-2004.

Activities and Honors

  • Robert B. Primack Memorial Foundations of Education Faculty Award, 2023-2024
  • University of Florida Term Professor, 2019-2022
  • Board of Directors, History of Education Society, 2013-2016.
  • Board of Editors, History of Education Quarterly, 2012-2015.
  • Graduate Teacher of the Year, College of Education, University of Florida, 2012-2013.
  • University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, 2009-2012
  • University of Florida Teacher of the Year, 2007-2008

Selected Grants

Race and Gifted Education in American Schools, 1955-1975

  • PI
Funding Agency
  • UF College Research Incentive Fund
Project Period
  • 2016-2017
Award Amount
  • $5,000

Race and Science Education in a Segregated State: The Alabama Junior Academy of Science, 1933-1970

  • PI
Funding Agency
  • UF College Research Incentive Fund
Project Period
  • 2010-2011
Award Amount
  • $6,000

Enlisting Science Education for National Strength: An Examination of Historical Precedents

  • PI
Funding Agency
  • The Spencer Foundation
Project Period
  • 2008-2009
Award Amount
  • $39,075

Selected Publications

  • Sevan G. Terzian & Patrick A. Ryan, eds. American Education and Popular Media: Fro the Blackboard to the Silver Screen (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
  • Sevan G. Terzian, Science Education and Citizenship: Fairs, Clubs, and Talent Searches for American Youth, 1918-1958 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
  • Sevan G. Terzian & Sage Wright, “Creativity and American Education from the Progressive through the Postwar Era: Purposes, Meanings, and Measurements.” American Educational History Journal 50 (2023) (in press).
  • Sevan G. Terzian & Hannah Williams, “‘Deprived and disadvantaged’: federal advocacy for gifted youth in the United States, 1967-1987,” Paedagogica Historica (2023). DOI: 10.1080/00309230.2023.2225424
  • Sevan G. Terzian, “Compensatory Education for Conserving African American Talent: Origins of the National Achievement Scholarship Program, 1955-1972.” American Educational History Journal 49 (2) (2022): 95-109.
  • Sevan G. Terzian, “’Subtle, vicious effects’: Lillian Steele Proctor’s Pioneering Investigation of Gifted African American Youth in Washington, D.C.” History of Education Quarterly 61 (3) (August 2021): 351-371
  • Sevan G. Terzian, “History of Technology and Education.” (pp. 554-567). eds. John L. Rury & Eileen H. Tamura, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Education (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019)
  • Sevan G. Terzian & Leigh Ann Osborne, “International College Students.” (pp. 232-255). eds. Michael J. Cuyjet, Chris Linder, Mary F. Howard-Hamilton & Diane L. Cooper, Multiculturalism on Campus: Theory, Models, and Practices for Understanding Diversity and Creating Inclusion. Second Edition. (Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2016).
  • Sevan G. Terzian & Leigh Shapiro, “Corporate Science Education: Westinghouse and the Value of Science in Mid-Twentieth Century America,” Public Understanding of Science 24 (2) (2015): 147-166.
  • Sevan G. Terzian & John L. Rury, “‘A highly selected strain of guinea pigs: The Westinghouse Science Talent Search and Educational Meritocracy, 1942-1958,” Teachers College Record 116 (5) (2014): 1-33.