Christopher M. Schulte

Christopher M. Schulte

Endowed Associate Professor of Art Education

Director, Center for the Study of Childhood Art

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

(ART)-School of Art

Phone: 479-575-5202

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Dr. Christopher Schulte is an Endowed Associate Professor of Art Education in the School of Art at the University of Arkansas, where he also serves as Graduate Officer in Art Education and Director of the Center for the Study of Childhood Art. Prior to joining the faculty in Art Education at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Schulte held faculty appointments at University of Northern Iowa, University of Georgia and Penn State University. Most recently, at Penn State, Dr. Schulte served as the Undergraduate Coordinator in Art Education 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 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. While at the University of Northern Iowa, Dr. Schulte taught courses in art and art education and helped to develop the online MA in Art Education 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 critical orientations to the study of 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, childhood studies, and qualitative studies. Dr. Schulte is especially interested in creating venues in which intellectual communities across disciplines and cultures can come together, particularly as it relates to the study childhood art. At the University of Arkansas, through his work with the Center for the Study of Childhood Art, Dr. Schulte is creating a range of programs and initiatives designed to reconceptualize the study of childhood art.

Dr. Schulte is co-editor with Laura Trafi-Prats of Lanuage, Sense, and the Event of Drawing in Childhoood (forthcoming, Springer), co-editor with Hayon Park of Visual Art With Young Children: Practices, Pedagogies, and Learning (2021, Routledge), editor of Ethics and Research With Young Children: New Perspectives (2019, Bloomsbury), and co-editor with Christine Marmé Thompson of Communities of Practice: Art, Play, and Aesthetics in Early Childhood (2018, Springer). Dr. Schulte is currently working on several writing projects, inlcuding journal articles, a single author book, and plans for a large international handbook related to the study and practice of childhood art.

Dr. Schulte currently serves as Senior Editor of the International Journal of Education & the Arts and as the Arts-Based Educational Research (ABER) Editor for the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Dr. Schulte is also Associate Chair of the National Art Education Association's (NAEA) Research Commission, a member of the Council for Policy Studies in Art Education, and has served as a standing and guest 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, Canadian Review of Art Education, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Research Ethics, and the Journal of Teacher Education. Formerly, Dr/ Schulte served as Chairperson of the Seminar for Research in Art Education (SRAE), Coordinator of the Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award in Art Education, and the 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 (9) and Liam (7).

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Childhood Drawing

Historical and Contemporary Studies of Childhood Art

Critical Childhood Studies

Early Art Teacher Education

Ethics and Research with Children

Play and Performance Studies

Art Curriculum and Pedagogy

Qualitative and Post-Qualitative Research 

Postdevelopmental Approaches to Childhood Art


(ARED 6043) Art, Play, and Aesthetics in Childhood

(ARED 4953) Childhood Art: Contexts, Cultures, and Curricula

(ARED 476V) Student Teaching in Art

(ARED 3003) Curriculum Design and Teaching in Art Education

(ARED 4779) Professional Development

Ph.D., Art Education, The Pennsylvania State University

MA, Art Education, University of Northern Iowa

BA, Teaching (K-12 Art Education), University of Northern Iowa



Books authored, edited and co-edited:


Trafi-Prats, L., & Schulte, C.M. (Eds.), (forthcoming). Language, sense, and the event of drawing in childhood. (Intended for Springer).


Schulte, C.M., Park, H. (Eds.). (2021). Visual Art with Young Children: Practices, Pedagogies, and Learning. New York: Routledge. 


Schulte, C. M. (Ed.) (2019). Ethics and research with young children: New perspectives. London: Bloomsbury.


Schulte, C. M., & Thompson, C. M. (Eds.) (2018). Communities of practice: Art, play, and aesthetics in early childhood. Cham, SUI: Springer.


Journals and conference proceedings edited and co-edited:


Knochel, A., & Powell, K., & Schulte, C.M., (Eds.) (2019). Proceedings from the Penn State Seminar @50: Transdisciplinary inquiry, practices, and possibilities. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Libraries’ Publication and Curation Services.


Sunday, K., McClure, M., & Schulte, C. M. (Eds.). (2014). “Art in early childhood”. Special Edition, Occasional Paper Series. New York: Bank Street College of Education.


Chapters in books:


Schulte, C.M. (in review). Resituating childhood drawing: A place-stories approach. In. L. Trafi-Prats & C.M. Schulte (Eds.), Language, sense and the event of children’s drawing. Cham, SUI: Springer.


Schulte, C. M. (forthcoming, 2020). Unfaithful beginnings: An approach to early art teacher education. In C. M. Schulte & H. Park (Eds.), Visual art with young children: Practice, pedagogy, learning. New York, NY: Routledge.


Schulte, C.M., Semenec, P., & Diaz-Diaz, C. (2020). Interview with Christopher Schulte. In P. Semenec & C. Díaz –Díaz (Eds.), Research after the child: Engaging with posthumanist and new materialist methodologies. Springer.


Thompson, C.M., & Schulte, C.M. (2019). Repositioning the visual arts in early childhood education: Continuing reconsideration. In O. Saracho (Ed.), Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children (pp. tbd). New York: Routledge.


Schulte, C.M. (2019). Playing ‘school’ at home: Toward an ethics of pliability in parental play. In C.M. Schulte (Ed.), Ethics and research with young children: “New” perspectives. London: Bloomsbury.


Schulte, C. M. (2018). The untimely death of a bird: A posthuman tale. In C. Kuby, J. Thiel, & K. Spector (Eds.), Posthumanism and literacy education: Knowing/becoming/doing literacies. New York: Routledge.


Schulte, C. M. (2018). The will-to-research children’s drawing. In C. M. Schulte & C. M. Thompson (Eds.), Communities of practice: Art, play, and aesthetics in early childhood. New York: Springer.


Thompson, C. M., & Schulte, C. M. (2018). Introduction: Communities of practice. In C. M. Schulte & C. M. Thompson (Eds.), Communities of practice: Art, play, and aesthetics in early childhood. New York: Springer.


Schulte, C. M., & Powell, K. (2016). Radical Hospitality: Food + Drink as Intercultural Exchange. In P. Burnard, E, MacKinlay, & K. Powell (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of intercultural arts. New York: Routledge.


Thompson, C. M., McClure, M., Schulte, C.M. & Sunday, K. (2014). New directions in researching young children’s art making. In O. N. Saracho (Ed.,), Handbook of research methods in early childhood education (pp. 393-431). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.


Journal articles:    


Schulte, C.M. (accepted, 2020). Childhood drawing: The making of a deficit aesthetic. Global Studies in Childhood.


Schulte, C. M. (2019). Wild encounters: A more-than-human approach to children’s drawing. Studies in Art Education, 60(2), 92-102.


Schulte, C.M. (2019). Plot holes in children’s drawing. Art Education, 72(3), 15-19.


Schulte, C.M. (2018). The encumbrances of time: A récit from Tallen Förskola. Entanglements: Experiments in Multimodal Ethnography, 1(2), 125-218.


Schulte, C. M. (2018). Entering the cultural milieus of children’s drawing: Complicated proximities. International Journal of Education & the Arts. 19(si1.4).


Schulte, C. M. (2018). Deleuze, concept formation, and the habit of short hand inquiry. Qualitative Inquiry, 24(3), 194-202.


Schulte, C. M. (2016). Possible worlds: Deleuzian ontology and the project of listening in children’s drawing, Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies, 16(2), 141-150.


Schulte, C. M. (2015). Researching Anna’s drawing: The pedagogical composition of concern. Qualitative Inquiry, 21(6), 1-8.


Schulte, C. M. (2015). Intergalactic encounters: Desire & the political immediacy of children’s drawing. Studies in Art Education.


Schulte, C. M. (2015). Lines of deterritorialization: The becoming-minor of Carter’s drawing. Studies in Art Education. 56(2), 142-155.


Schulte, C. M. (2014). Desearch: Researching in an exaggerated manner. Visual Arts Research, 40(2), 1-13.


Sunday, K. E., Schulte, C. M., & McClure, M. (2014). Introductions. Bank Street Occasional Papers, 31.


Schulte, C. M. (2013). Verbalization as a threshold in children’s drawing encounters. Visual Arts Research, 39(77), 54-69.


Schulte, C. M. (2013). Being there and becoming-unfaithful. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 14(SI 1.5).


Schulte, C. M. (2011). Verbalization in children’s drawing performances: Toward a metaphorical continuum of inscription, extension, and re-inscription. Studies in Art Education, 53(1), 20-34.




Current Journal Editorships 

2017-current, Senior Editor, International Journal of Education & the Arts 

2019-current, ABER Editor, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy 


Reviewing and Editorial Board Membership*

Studies in Art Education*

Visual Arts Research*

Art Education*

Qualitative Inquiry

International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education

Journal of Early Childhood Literacy

Journal of Teacher Education

Research Ethics

Bank Street Occasional Papers

Canadian Review of Art Education


National Leadership

2020-2022, Associate Chair, NAEA Research Commission, NAEA (Elected)

2018-current, Council for Policy Studies in Art Education, NAEA (Elected)

2013–2018, Co-Coordinator, Marilyn Zurmuehlen Working Papers, Seminar for Research in Art Education, NAEA (Invited)

2015–2017, Chair, Seminar for Research in Art Education, NAEA (Elected)

2013–2015, President-Elect, Seminar for Research in Art Education, NAEA (Elected)

2015–2017, Coordinator, Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award in Art Education, Seminar for Research in Art Education, NAEA (Invited)


Innovator in Residence, Center for Pedagogy in Art and Design (C-PAD), Penn State University (2017-2019)

Lilly Teaching Fellowship, University of Georgia (2013-2015)

Harlan E. and Suzanne Dudley Hoffa Dissertation Award in Art Education, Penn State University (2013) 

Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award in Art Education, NAEA - Runner Up (2013)  

The Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award, Penn State University (2012 – 2013)

Dorothy Hughes-Young Endowed Scholarship in Art Education, Penn State University (2010-2011)