The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Christopher Schulte

Dr. Christopher Schulte
Assistant Professor of Art Education and Early Childhood Education
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30E Borland
Christopher Schulte is Assistant Professor of Art Education and Early Childhood Education at Penn State University, where he also serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Art Education program and as Assistant Director of Research for Penn State's Center for Pedagogy in Arts and Design (C-PAD). Christopher earned his BA and MA in Art Education from the University of Northern Iowa (2004, 2006) and his Ph.D. in Art Education from Penn State University (2012). Prior to joining the Art Education faculty at Penn State, Christopher held faculty appointments at the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Georgia. While on faculty at UGA, Christopher served as Co-Chair and Graduate Coordinator, and was an affiliate faculty member with UGA's Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies program. Grounded in poststructuralist and posthuman theory and informed by a childhood studies approach, Christopher's research centers on the art and cultural production of young children, specifically drawing, and the ethico-politics of thinking and doing research with young children. Christopher's research has appeared in handbooks and other edited volumes, as well as national and international peer-reviewed journals in art education, early childhood studies, and qualitative studies. He is the editor of "Ethics and Research With Young Children: 'New' Perspectives" (Bloomsbury, forthcoming) and co-editor with Christine Marmé Thompson of "Communities of Practice: Art, Play, and Aesthetics in Early Childhood" (Springer, 2018). Christopher is the Editor of the International Journal of Education & the Arts, former chairperson of the Seminar for Research in Art Education (SRAE), and serves as a standing and guest reviewer for several other journals, including Studies in Art Education, Visual Arts Research, Qualitative Inquiry, Bank Street Occasional Papers, the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, and the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Christopher lives in State College, Pennsylvania with his partner, Jill, and their two children, Sophia (7) and Liam (5). He can be reached by email at