Dr Merryn Ruwoldt

Position:Head of School of Educational Theology
(Full time)
Area of service:Education Staff
Location:ALC North Adelaide
Phone:+61 8 7120 8200
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 see myself as a Victorian in spite of the fact that I now live in a world where the newspapers only acknowledge 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 am first and foremost a maths teacher and educational administrator, but 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.

Special interests

I am a working mother, so outside of work my main focus is my children. We are moving into the phase of life where we are a family of adults, so these days there is less demand for my services as a driver and more for my support as confidant, friend and pseudo ATM. 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

  • BA (Adelaide University, 1987)
  • DipEd (Adelaide College of Advanced Education, 1988)
  • GradDipTh(Ed) (Lutheran Teachers College, 1993)
  • GradDipBus(Acc) (Monash University, 1993)
  • MEdSt (Luther Seminary, 1998)
  • EdD (Australian Catholic University, 2007)

Papers & publications


(with Andrew Jaensch) ‘The gift of Lutheran theology: unwrapping the present’, Lutheran Theological Journal 51/1 (May), 28–36.


‘A still small voice: is church and school dialogue sufficiently loud?’ Lutheran Theological Journal 47/2 (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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