Adjunct Sociologist of Education
Dr Sam Schulz is a first generation Australian of Anglo heritage. She is a senior sociologist of education with 15 years’ teaching experience in the tertiary sector, research and teaching experience across a diversity of social contexts, and institutional awards for teaching excellence. Sam's research includes poststructural and posthumanist orientations to race and whiteness as well as critical explorations of gender, violence, class, and culturally responsive schooling. As a key body of work, Sam 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 as well as countering violent extremism in Australian schools. She is co-convenor of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Sociology of Education Special Interest Group (SIG), and 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 questioning entrenched norms and 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 (Majoring in Sociology), 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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