"In a world shrinking because of technological innovations, literacy acquisition is essential for success. Effective literacy instruction should have worldwide focus, touching students in all cultural and linguistic settings. Standards and skills are guides and essential building blocks, but so is exposure to rich literature and stimulating expository texts. Educators must do more than merely teach students how to read; they must also instill a love of reading and realization about the aesthetic and efferent rewards reading offers."
~ Dr. Armin Schulz
Dr. Armin Schulz was a passionate educator, reader, and collector of children's books. He joined the faculty of Teacher Education at CSU Stanislaus in 1990 and retired from the position of Director of the John Stuart Rogers Faculty Development Center. Upon his death in 2011 his family donated his extensive collection of children's literature to the University Library. These books of poetry, biography, fiction and non-fiction now help new teachers learn about and utilize these material to help the next generation of readers.
Dr. Armin Schulz was born on October 17, 1946 in Yuma, Colorado. He graduated from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska, in 1968; and received a Master of Arts from San Francisco State University in Elementary Education with an emphasis in reading in 1973 and a doctorate from the University of the Pacific with a Major in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading and Children's Literature in 1987. Prior to joining CSU Stanislaus in 1990, Dr. Schulz served as an elementary and junior high school teacher, a junior high school vice principal, an elementary principal and district director of curriculum. Dr. Schulz was President of the California Reading Association, a recipient of the state-wide Marcus Foster Memorial Reading Award honoring both service and scholarship to the state, and the California Association of Teachers of English “Classroom Excellence Award." He was named CSU Stanislaus Outstanding Professor of the Year in 2003.
Dr. Schulz retired from CSU Stanislaus in 2008 and passed away on April 30, 2011.