Faculty Profile

Richard Scheuerman

Richard Scheuerman

Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Email: scheur@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2186
Office: Peterson Hall 311

Education: BA, Washington State University, 1973; MA, Pacific Lutheran University, 1977; PhD, Gonzaga University, 1992. At SPU since 2004.

Richard Scheuerman served for 25 years as a teacher and administrator in Washington public schools and as a foundation and non-profit board member for organizations promoting indigenous adoption and orphan care in Europe and Asia. He and his wife are natives of the Endicott, Washington area and are the parents of three children.

After coming to SPU in 2004, Dr. Scheuerman chaired the Master of Arts in Teaching program for seven years and his teaching and research focuses on comparative educational systems with special emphasis on Russia and Eastern Europe, and on environmental sustainability education involving perspectives from Northwest Native Americans and U.S. and Canadian Anabaptist groups. He is co-author with Dr. Arthur Ellis of the Journeys of Discovery interdisciplinary curriculum series for middle level and high school students and has recently worked with students and faculty on curriculum development at Seattle Urban Academy, a private alternative school. He is also co-founder and executive director of The Joseph Fund, a foundation devoted to orphan care education and placement in Eastern Europe that is affiliated with the global Home for Every Orphan movement.

Selected Publications

  • “Telling, Sharing, Doing: Origins and Iterations of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Russia Initiative, 1990–2010,” in Teaching With Compassion, Competence, and Commitment, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Fall 2010).
  • “Holding Sacredness: Chief Cleveland Kamiakin and the Nat Washington Interviews,” in Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Vol. 101, No. 1 (Winter 2010/2011).
  • “Teacher Education for Tolstoy’s Peasant Schools,” in The Russian-American Education Forum: An Online Journal, Vol. 2, No. 9 (April 2010).
  • Finding Chief Kamiakin: The Life and Legacy of a Northwest Patriot. Washington State University Press, 2008. 250 pages.

Please view Dr. Scheuerman’s CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Richard Scheuerman

Why I Teach at SPU

Richard Scheuerman, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

“Teaching enables one to serve others through study of subjects related to our shared cultural heritage and future. In accordance with the Apostle Paul’s observation that all truth is God’s truth (Ephesians 1), I teach because it permits interdisciplinary inquiry into the natural sciences and humanities. Through my work with the SPU School of Education, I can impart this significance to teacher candidates and deal with issues that both threaten and advance human flourishing.”