Brian D. Schultz is department chair and professor of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago. He teaches courses in educational foundations, interpretive/critical research, contemporary issues in education, and curriculum. He has been recognized with the NEIU Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching. Prior to his role at NEIU, Brian taught in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In 2005, he received the Educator of the Year award from the Illinois Computing Educators for his teaching in CPS. Brian continues to work with and learn from many of his former students from the Cabrini Green neighborhood in which he taught.
Frequently traveling across the country, Brian speaks on democratic and progressive classroom ideals; theorizing with students; integrating curricula based on students’ interests; problematizing race, class, and privilege; and curriculum as social action. Brian’s work has appeared in scholarly publications such as Curriculum Inquiry, Educational Studies, Equity & Excellence in Education, Journal of Educational Controversy, Schools, and The Handbook for Research on Teacher Education, among others. In addition, he co-edited the volume The Articulation of Curriculum and Pedagogy for a Just Society: Artistry, Advocacy, and Activism (2007). He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Curriculum & Pedagogy and the Journal of Educational Controversy and the executive council of the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Narrative & Research Special Interest Group (SIG). He also chairs the AERA Biographical & Documentary Research SIG.
Brian Schultz completed his undergraduate work in psychology and received a master’s degree in experiential and elementary education at Miami University. He holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He and his wife, Jenn, live in Chicago with their daughter, Addison.