Dr. Christopher Schulte holds the position of Endowed Associate Professor of Art Education in the School of Art at the University of Arkansas, where he also serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Art Education program.
Prior to joining the faculty in Art Education at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Schulte held faculty appointments at the University of Northern Iowa, University of Georgia, and Penn State University. While at Penn State, Dr. Schulte served as the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Art Education program and was affiliate faculty in Curriculum and Instruction (Early Childhood Education). He also served as the Associate Director of Research for Penn State’s Center for Pedagogy in Arts and Design. At the University of Georgia, Dr. Schulte served as Co-Area Head and Graduate Coordinator of the Art Education program and was affiliate faculty with UGA’s Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies Program.
Informed by new materialist, new empiricist, and posthumanist approaches, Dr. Schulte’s scholarship, teaching, and community engagement focus on the artistic, play-based, and aesthetic practices of young children, particularly childhood drawing. Dr. Schulte’s research has appeared in handbooks and other edited volumes, as well as national and international peer-reviewed journals in art education, early childhood education, and qualitative studies. He is co-editor with Hayon Park of Visual Art With Young Children: Practice, Pedagogy, Learning (forthcoming, Routledge), editor of Ethics and Research With Young Children: New Perspectives (2019, Bloomsbury), co-editor with Christine Marmé Thompson of Communities of Practice: Art, Play, and Aesthetics in Early Childhood (2018, Springer), and co-editor with Laura Trafi-Prats of Lanuage, sense, and the event of drawing in childhoood (intended for Springer).
Dr. Schulte currently serves as Senior Editor of the International Journal of Education & the Arts and as Associate Editor for the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Dr. Schulte is the incoming Associate Chair of the National Art Education Association’s Research Commission, a member of the National Art Education Association’s Council for Policy Studies in Art Education, and has served as a reviewer for numerous national and international research journals, including Studies in Art Education, Visual Arts Research, Qualitative Inquiry, Bank Street Occasional Papers, Journal of Art for Life, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and the Journal of Teacher Education. Dr. Schulte is also 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.
Dr. Schulte lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas with his spouse, Jill Schulte, and their two children, Sophia (8) and Liam (6).
MA - Art Education | University of Northern Iowa
BA - Art Education | University of Northern Iowa