Dr Sam Schulz is a white Australian of German and English heritage. She is a senior sociologist of education with expertise in education for social justice, 15 years’ teaching experience in the tertiary sector, research and teaching experience in Kenya, India and China, and institutional awards for teaching excellence. Sam's research includes race critical theorising, culturally responsive pedagogies, countering violent extremism, and gender equity. As a key body of work, she has explored cultural reproductions of race in remote Aboriginal schools using white governmentality as a conceptual lens and has extended this work to explore decoloniality in university-led short-term study abroad. Sam has most recently engaged in research on anti-racism activism amongst Australian pre-service teachers and countering violent extremism in Australian schools. She is now co-convenor of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Sociology of Education Special Interest Group (SIG), and also co-convenes a decoloniality reading group with colleagues from the Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion (CRESI). Sam's work is ultimately about advancing justice through education.
PhD Education (Indigenous Education), Flinders University of South Australia
Bachelor of Education (Middle Schooling), First Class Honours, Flinders University of South Australia
Master of Arts (Creative Writing), University of Adelaide
Bachelor of Arts, Flinders University of South Australia
2020: College of Education, Psychology and Social Work Excellence in Teaching Award (Critical Indigenous Pedagogies)
2019: College of Education, Psychology and Social Work Excellence in Teaching Award (Sociology and Politics of Education)
2017: Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant: "Establishing a sustainable model for international sport based WIL placements"
2017: Establishment Grant: "Sport, Development and Education: New Colombo on the Cricket Field"
2013: Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Faculty winner
2012: Best Doctoral Paper Award, Faculty of Education, Humanities & Law
2006: Australian Postgraduate Award
2006: Mace Bearer, Education Graduation Ceremony, Flinders University of South Australia
2004: University Medal Recipient, Flinders University of South Australia
2004: Chancellor's Commendation, Flinders University of South Australia
2004: ANZ Bank Prize in Teacher Education
2003: Chancellor's Commendation, Flinders University of South Australia
2002: Colin Thiele Award for Literature
2001: Australian Government Award for Voluntary Service in a Developing Nation
My principal teaching responsibilities include leading Sociology of Education and Indigenous Education across CEPSW's Initial Teacher Education Programs.
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