Dr Merryn Ruwoldt

Position:Lecturer in Educational Theology
(Full time)

Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching

Coordinator of Education Studies

Area of service:Education Staff
Additional areas:Endeavour College Council Chair
Location:ALC North Adelaide
Phone:+61 8 7120 8227
Email: ua.ude.cla@tdlowur.nyrrem

BA GradDipEd(Sec) GradDipTh(Ed) GradDipBus MEdSt EdD

Who am I?

I grew up in Melbourne’s outer north-east and routinely return there to visit family and read newspapers that acknowledge more than two AFL teams. I have always wanted to be a teacher and, after attending Luther College, I completed my secondary teacher training here in Adelaide in the days when Lutheran Teachers College students still lived predominantly on campus. I then taught at Nhill Lutheran School, Luther College (Croydon) and St Martins Lutheran College (Mount Gambier) before finding myself back at Australian Lutheran College in 2011. I have always had an interest in the history of the relationship between the LCA and its schools and the impact of Lutheran theology on Lutheran schools. These interests led me to pursue postgraduate study exploring the dialogue between theology and education, and were ultimately responsible for my path leading to teaching here at ALC.

In more recent years I have also become more fully and formally involved in the broader learning and teaching discussions at the University of Divinity, where I am currently part of the Learning and Teaching Committee.

Special interests

I think my personal interests have pretty much been on hold for the last twenty years, but my children are now all but grown up and so more of my time is becoming my own again. More time spent in coffee shops will be a good thing. My family are all avid Strikers fans and take full advantage of ALC’s proximity to the Adelaide oval during the cricket season. Professionally I intentionally seek out ways to hear about and stay connected to Lutheran schools. This keeps me in touch with trends in learning and teaching theory and provides a contemporary platform for reflecting on how the study of theology informs leadership in Lutheran schools.

I teach the following

Qualifications in detail

  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Adelaide, 1987)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) (Adelaide College of Advanced Education, 1988)
  • Graduate Diploma of Theology in Education (Lutheran Teachers College, 1993)
  • Graduate Diploma in Business (Monash University, 1993)
  • Master of Education Studies (Luther Seminary, 1998)
  • Doctor of Education (Australian Catholic University, 2007)

Papers & publications


(with Andrew Jaensch) ‘The gift of Lutheran theology: unwrapping the present.’ Lutheran Theological Journal 51, no. 1 (May): 28–36.


‘A still small voice: is church and school dialogue sufficiently loud?’ Lutheran Theological Journal 47, no. 2 (Aug): 140–148.


‘Teaching science and/or ethical issues policy.’ St Martins Lutheran College.


‘To lead or not to lead—that is the question: an exploration of understandings of leadership in the context of the deputy principal in the Lutheran secondary school.’ EdD dissertation, Australian Catholic University.

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