Sandra Cullen

Assist. Prof

Contact Details

Biography

I am Assistant Professor of Religious Education specialising in the area of second-level religious education so teach a variety of modules under the broad heading of religious education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I completed a BRelSc,(Mater Dei Institute of Education), MEd (Boston College) and PhD (DCU), and taught RE and English for 14 years in two Dublin schools and  lectured in catechetics in St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, and in Religious Education Methodology in St. Catherine's College, Sion Hill, and NUIM. In 2001 I became the joint coordinator of the LOGOS project, an online support service for teachers of Junior Certificate Religious Education. 

My PhD explored the question of what constitutes an appropriate religious education for future teachers of RE. This question underpins much of my ongoing research and publications. I have supervised five doctoral theses and am currently supervising four research students in a wide area of questions pertaining to religious education and related disciplines.

As Director of the ICRE (Irish Centre for Religious Education) I am interested in supporting research and teaching  religious education in a variety of contexts. I am a member of the Board of Members of CEIST, CESC and a Board Member of EFTRE (European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education) and a member of ISREV, REA and AULRE. I serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Religious Education. 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'Book Review: Dealing with religious difference in kindergarten: an ethnographic study in religiously affiliated institutions'
Sandra Cullen (2020) 'Book Review: Dealing with religious difference in kindergarten: an ethnographic study in religiously affiliated institutions'. British Journal of Religious Education, 42 (1):106-108 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Review: Ryan Topping (ed.) Renewing the Mind: A Reader in the Philosophy of Catholic Education (Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 2015)'
Sandra Cullen (2016) 'Review: Ryan Topping (ed.) Renewing the Mind: A Reader in the Philosophy of Catholic Education (Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 2015)'. BRITISH JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
2005 Religion and Gender.
Sandra Cullen (2005) Religion and Gender. : Veritas. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'Turn up the volume: Hearing what the voices of young people are saying to religious education'
Sandra Cullen (2019) 'Turn up the volume: Hearing what the voices of young people are saying to religious education' In: Gareth Byrne and Leslie Francis (eds). Religion and Education: The voices of young people in Ireland. Dublin: Veritas. [Details]
2019 'The religious education of the religion teacher in Catholic Schools'
Sandra Cullen (2019) 'The religious education of the religion teacher in Catholic Schools' In: Michael Buchanan and Adrian-Mario Gellel (eds). Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education Volume II: Learning and Leading in a Pluralist World. Switzerland: Springer. [Details]
2017 '‘Interpreting between Spheres: Religious Education as a Conversational Activity’'
Cullen, Sandra (2017) '‘Interpreting between Spheres: Religious Education as a Conversational Activity’' In: Does Religious Education Matter?. London: Ashgate. [Details]
2016 '‘Religious Pluralism, Education, and Citizenship in Ireland’'
Anderson, B., G. Byrne, and S. Cullen. . In (eds), E. Aslan and M. Hermanson, 2016, in print (2016) '‘Religious Pluralism, Education, and Citizenship in Ireland’' In: Islam, Religions, and Pluralism in Europe. Dordecht: Springer. [Details]
2006 'The role of the school in promoting inter-religious and inter-religious dialogue in multi-faith and multi-cultural environments'
Sandra Cullen (2006) 'The role of the school in promoting inter-religious and inter-religious dialogue in multi-faith and multi-cultural environments' In: International Handbook of the Religious, Moral and Spiritual Dimensions in Education Part Two. The Netherlands:: Springer. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2014 '‘Religionsundervising i den irske republikken-et glimt inn I aktuell debatt’'
Sandra Cullen (2014) '‘Religionsundervising i den irske republikken-et glimt inn I aktuell debatt’' Religion og Livssyn, Argang 26 . [Details]
2011 ''Handing on the Faith’'
Sandra Cullen (2011) ''Handing on the Faith’' The Messenger, . [Details]
2008 'Religion and Gender: Feminist Theologies'
Sandra Cullen (2008) 'Religion and Gender: Feminist Theologies' Teaching Religious Education, One :12-14. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 RE past, present and future,
Sandra Cullen (2019) Annual Meeting of Association of University Lecturers in Religious Education. [Chaired Session], RE past, present and future, Newman University, Birmingham , 09-MAY-19 - 10-MAY-19 [Details]
2019 From Theory to practice: Religious Education in the Classroom,
Sandra Cullen (2019) National Religious Education Symposium. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], From Theory to practice: Religious Education in the Classroom, Darling Harbor, Sydney [Details]
2019 RE: Reconciling Realities,
Sandra Cullen (2019) EFTRE International Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], RE: Reconciling Realities, DCU , 28-AUG-19 - 31-AUG-19 [Details]
2018 Promoting a reflective praxis with teachers of Religious Education,
Sandra Cullen (2018) Network for Researchers in Catholic Education Annual Conference. [Invited Oral Presentation], Promoting a reflective praxis with teachers of Religious Education, Newman University, Birmingham , 13-SEP-18 - 14-SEP-18 [Details]
2019 Revising the Religious Education Curriculum Directory,
Sandra Cullen (2019) Some insights from the Irish context: Negotiating the vision of Catholic RE within a State RE curriculum. [Invited Oral Presentation], Revising the Religious Education Curriculum Directory, St. Katherine's Foundation, London , 04-JAN-19 - 04-JAN-19 [Details]
2018 Network for Researchers in Catholic education conference,
Sandra Cullen (2018) Paper: Promoting a reflective praxis with teachers of Religious Education. [Other], Network for Researchers in Catholic education conference, Newman University, Birmingham , 12-SEP-18 - 13-SEP-18 [Details]
2018 International Conference on Catholic Religious Education in Schools,
Sandra Cullen (2018) The religious education of the religion teacher in a Catholic school. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Conference on Catholic Religious Education in Schools, Rabat, Malta [Details]
2017 Developing Research in Catholic Education,
Sandra Cullen (2017) Developing a conceptual framework for research in religious education. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Developing Research in Catholic Education, Heythrop College, London , 19-SEP-17 - 20-SEP-17 [Details]

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2015 Belief in Dialogue,
AULRE (2015) Interpreting Between Spheres: Religious Education as a Conversational Activity. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Belief in Dialogue, St. Mary's University, Twickenham, London , 01-SEP-15 - 03-SEP-15 [Details]
2014 ‘Share the Good News - Faith Renewal Today’,
(2014) ‘Share the Good News - Faith Renewal Today’, Knock, Co. Mayo , 21-AUG-14 [Details]
2014 Encountering the Word,
(2014) [], Encountering the Word, Clonliffe College , 13-FEB-14 [Details]
2014 'Share the Good News: Faith Renewal Today,
(2014) [], 'Share the Good News: Faith Renewal Today, Enniskillen , 03-DEC-14 [Details]
2012 Religion Teachers Association of Ireland: Leaving Certificate Coursework Day,
(2012) 'Women as Social Reformers' and 'A profile of Mary, the mother of Jesus'. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Religion Teachers Association of Ireland: Leaving Certificate Coursework Day, Mater Dei Institute , 28-JAN-12 [Details]
2012 Loreto Network Religion Teachers' Day,
(2012) Changing contexts for second level religious education. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Loreto Network Religion Teachers' Day, Gresham Hotel, Dublin , 21-FEB-12 [Details]
2011 Inter-University Colloquium,,
(2011) ‘Two Roads Diverged’: The changed landscape of second level religious education in Ireland’. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Inter-University Colloquium,, St. Deinioil’s Library, Hawarden , 11-MAY-11 - 13-MAY-11 [Details]
2010 South Belfast South Belfast ecumenical study series,
(2010) The inclusive outreach of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel’. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], South Belfast South Belfast ecumenical study series, Malone Road, Belfast , 11-NOV-10 [Details]
2010 International Congress of Catholic Girl Guides,
(2010) 'The Women of the Gospels: Disciples and Missionaries'. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], International Congress of Catholic Girl Guides, King's Hospital, Dublin , 12-AUG-10 [Details]
2009 Religious Education Association Annual Conference,
(2009) ‘Second level religious education in Ireland since 2000’. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Religious Education Association Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas , 01-NOV-09 - 03-NOV-09 [Details]
2009 Religion Teachers Association of Ireland,
(2009) 'Feminist theologies and spiritualities'. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Religion Teachers Association of Ireland, Kildare Teacher Education Centre , 17-NOV-09 [Details]
2007 Loreto Network Religion Teachers Day,
(2007) Approaches to the teaching of Religion and Gender. [], Loreto Network Religion Teachers Day, Stillorgan , 23-MAR-07 [Details]
2006 Inter-University Colloquium,
(2006) 'Recovering Theologia: Edward Farley’s contribution to theological education'. [], Inter-University Colloquium, Mater Dei Institute , 11-APR-06 - 13-APR-06 [Details]

Discussion Paper

  Year Publication
2019 Junior Cycle Religious Education Background Paper.
NCCA (2019) Junior Cycle Religious Education Background Paper. Discussion Paper [Details]

Software

  Year Publication
2002 Communities of Faith in Ireland Today.
Sandra Cullen (2002) Communities of Faith in Ireland Today. Software [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2018 Nominee: President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning President's Office DCU

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Religious Education Association Member /
European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education (EFTRE) Member of Executive and Country Rep /
International Seminar for Religious Education and Values Member /
Association of University Lecturers in Religious Education /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Catholic Education Services Committee Nominee 2019 / 2022
European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education Board Member - Country Representative 2011 / Ongoing
Director: ICRE - Irish Centre for Religious Education Director 2016 / 1999
CEIST - Catholic Education in Schools Trust Member of Board of Directors 2008 / 1999

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2013 Dublin City University Doctor of Philosophy
1987 Mater Dei Institute of Education Bachelor of Religious Science
1996 Boston College M.Ed.

Reviews

  Journal Role
British Journal Of Religious Education Reviewer

Other Activities

  Description

Aurora Women in Leadership Training Programme, 2018-2019: 5 day Development Programme

Enterprise Engagement

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2019
Continuous Professional Development/Training Religion Teachers' Association of Ireland Convenor Leaving Certificate Coursework Day

2016
Continuous Professional Development/Training European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education Workshop for Lecturers in RE in Europe

2016
Continuous Professional Development/Training European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education Workshop for Lecturers in RE in Europe

2012, 2014, 2016
Consultancy Council of Europe Engagement with Director of Education, Council of Europe on issues concerning RE in Europe

2018
Continuous Professional Development/Training ICRE in collaboration with the Religion Teachers' Association of Ireland CPD for teachers of Leaving Cert Religious Education and workshops for second level RE students

2012, 2014, 2016
Consultancy Council of Europe Engagement with Director of Education, Council of Europe on issues concerning RE in Europe

2017
Consultancy NCCA Contributor to Background Paper for Junior Cycle RE

2018
Continuous Professional Development/Training Diocese of Kerry Invited keynote speaker

2017
Consultancy NCCA Contributor to Background Paper for Junior Cycle RE

2018
Continuous Professional Development/Training European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education CPD evening with teachers of Romanian Orthodox RE in Bucharest, Romania

2017
Continuous Professional Development/Training European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education CPD evening with teachers of Greek Orthodox RE

Outreach Activities

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2019
Advisory Work Catholic Education Service of England and Wales International consultant to the Catholic Education Service of England and Wales

Research Interests

The religious education of the religious educator, developing a conversational role to religious education, the place and identity of religious education in the second level school, European approaches to religious education, the relationship between theology and religious education, theological education, teaching theology and religious education in local community settings, teaching religion and gender, teaching Christology

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
The Voices of Young People on Religion and Education: Research, Policy and Impact Mater Dei Educational and Research Trust 08-JUN-18 - 09-JUN-18 Conference Convenor 2,400.00
Mindfulness in Irish Primary Schools: Exploring the Phenomenon Shared Research Fund, Institute of Education 01-SEP-15 - 30-JUN-17 investigator and author 3,000.00
CPD and RE: An empirical Enquiry into the provision of CPD for RE teachers at primary and post-primary level in the Republic of Ireland Shared Research Project 09-JAN-17 - 09-JAN-18 Investigator and Author 3,000.00

Current Postgraduate Students

  Student Degree Type Supervision Type
Kennedy , David PhD Supervisor
Carroll , Patricia PhD-track Supervisor
Turpin , Gloria PhD-track Supervisor

Internal Collaborators

  Name Institute Country
Dr. Bernadette Sweetman DCU IRELAND
Dr Gareth Byrne DCU IRELAND

Teaching Interests

Religious Education: History, Theories, Approaches, Current Issues, Interreligious religious education
Religious Education in a Globalising World
Principles of Faith Development
Empirical Research in RE
Building Faith Communities
Religious Learning in a Digital Age
Religion and Gender

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2020 RE: Integration Seminars ED4301RE: Integration Seminars
2020 Description of 2020_ED8100 ED8100Subject of 2020_ED8100
2020 Introduction to Religious Education ED1303Introduction to Religious Education
2020 Description of 2020_ED1402 ED1402Subject of 2020_ED1402