We are pleased to announce that Ms. Sara Schroeter will take up the tenure-track position in drama education beginning July 1, 2016. Ms. Schroeter is close to the completion of her PhD from the Department of Language and Literacy at the University of British Columbia, with an anticipated defence date in spring 2016. She holds a Master’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Education, Social Anthropology and Theatre) from York University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature from McGill. While a doctoral student at UBC, Ms. Schroeter has been the recipient of numerous graduate scholarships, including the Graduate Entrance Aware and the Faculty of Education Graduate Award. In 2014, she also held the prestigious Killam Graduate Assistant Teaching Award.
Ms. Schroeter’s dissertation, Difference at Play: An Ethnography of Discourses and Drama in a French Minority Language School, documents her partnership with a Grade 9 social studies teacher to integrate drama as an aesthetic and kinesthetic meaning-making practice and teaching method. The research draws on both postcolonial theories of difference and feminist approaches to pedagogy to examine the discourses of difference that are embedded in the curriculum and how students understand them. Ms. Schroeter’s doctoral work follows her Master’s degree at York University where she studied the use of Theatre of the Oppressed to explore notions of identity, culture, and belonging with refugee students. Both her doctoral and masters research align with the anti-oppressive teacher education focus of the Faculty articulated in our strategic plan, and will undoubtedly make important contributions to the Drama Education subject area and the Arts Education Program area.
We offer a very warm prairie welcome to Sara! We are thrilled to have her join us in the Faculty of Education.