Dilys Schoorman, PhD


Department of Curriculum, Culture, and Educational Inquiry

Office Location: Boca 47 – ED 495
777 Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33431
561.297.3965 (office)
561.297.2925 (fax)



Dilys Schoorman views service as being integral to her role as a teacher and scholar. She frames research as service to her research partners and the public good, and her teaching is linked to a commitment to equity and social justice within schools and the community.


Most recently, she has enjoyed a three year partnership with educational leaders in the Dillard Innovation Zone, a group of 13 public Title 1 schools in Broward County, FL. Through collaboration on a grant from the Kellogg Corporation, selected teachers from these schools had the opportunity to earn 6 graduate credits in multicultural education. The impact of this transformative educational experience on the teachers will now be studied in terms of its impact on their students’ academic engagement.

Her work with the Maya Ministry Family Literacy Program (2004-2011) has been especially rewarding. How do you begin to teach adults who have never been to school to read and write in their third language? Sister Rachel Sena and her staff at the Maya Ministry Family Literacy Program did this. http://mayaministry.org/

This collaboration has yielded numerous journal publications and conference presentations.

She strives to serve public school teachers and their students by modeling appropriate university-school collaborations, including:

  • Voluntary presentations at professional development institutes (Broward – 2013; Palm Beach County -2014)
  • Currently in partnerships with selected educators in Broward and Palm Beach Counties to procure grant funding for multicultural teacher education
  • Collaborative presentations with community educators in conferences for professional development for teachers
  • Serving as tutor, advocate for immigrant students to enhance home-school partnerships

Departmental/ College Service:

It is important (even if difficult!) to model one’s principles in all aspects of one’s professional responsibility. In Dilys Schoorman's case, this means a commitment to carry an equitable share of the collegial workload, and to engage in scholarly discussion and decision making where all voices and viewpoints are heard.

Department Chair, July 2016 - present
Ph.D. Coordinator – 2014/15 – 2015/16
Interim Department Chair – Fall 2012
Faculty Assembly Secretary/ Leadership Team (2003-04)
TESOL Program Area Coordinator 2013/14
Multicultural Education Program Area Coordinator (2010/11-2011/12)

Department representative on:

  • Faculty Promotion and Tenure Committee (2013/14-2014/15; 2015-16)
  • Instructor Promotion and Tenure Committee (2014/15)
  • Diversity Committee (2011/12 – present)
  • Continuous Improvement Plan Committee (for CAEP Accreditation; 2014/15)
  • Graduate Programs Committee (2010/11-2011/12)
  • Faculty Assembly Steering Committee (2006/07- 2011/12)

Member of Social Foundations Program Area: http://www.coe.fau.edu/academicdepartments/ccei/socialfoundations/ 

University Service:

At a time when collegial governance is being threatened by corporatization, it is crucial and all faculty members become aware of the political shifts in decision making and engage actively in reclaiming their voice in determining the future of the academy, especially as a sphere for democratic praxis.

Faculty Governance: http://www.fau.edu/ufsgov/ 
Member of the University Faculty Senate Steering Committee (2006/07- 2007/08; 2009/10; 2011/2012; 2014/15-2016/17)

Human Library: One World, Many Stories
Participated in the inaugural Human Library Project at FAU, November 15, 2016. Part of the celebrations of International Week
Book title: Causing Good Trouble: Our Lives as Curriculum