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 the Associate Director of Research for the 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. At the University of Georgia, Christopher served as Co-Chair and Graduate Coordinator, and was an affiliate faculty member with UGA's Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies program. Informed by critical, feminist poststructuralist and posthuman frameworks and grounded in a childhood studies approach, Christopher's research centers on the art and cultural production of young children, specifically the history of the study of children’s drawing. His research has appeared in handbooks and other edited volumes, as well as national and international peer-reviewed journals in art education, early childhood education, childhood studies, and qualitative studies. He is the editor of Ethics and Research With Young Children: New Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2019) and co-editor with Christine Marmé Thompson of Communities of Practice: Art, Play, and Aesthetics in Early Childhood (Springer, 2018). Christopher is currently working on a single author book, “Children Drawing: A Storied Matter” (tentative title), which utilizes posthumanist theories of writing to reorient the relationship of writing and posthumanisms to the study drawing in childhood. Additionally, Christopher is the Editor of the International Journal of Education & the Arts, the former chairperson of the Seminar for Research in Art Education (SRAE), former Coordinator of the Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award in Art Education, and former Co-coordinator of the Marilyn Zurmuehlen Working Papers in Art Education (NAEA). Christopher has also served as a standing and guest reviewer for several journals, including Studies in Art Education, Visual Arts Research, Qualitative Inquiry, Bank Street Occasional Papers, the Journal of Art for Life, 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