Associate Professor William Sultmann - La Salle Academy for Faith Formation & Religious Education (Vice President)

Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)


William Sultmann AM (Dip T, B Ed St, BA, Dip Psych, Grad Cert Theol; M Ed St, M Ed Lead, PhD (UQ), PhD (ACU), MAPS, ACTA, FACE, FILM)
William (Bill) Sultmann is a teacher, psychologist, practical theologian and leader with senior executive and governance roles in education, health and welfare sectors across Government and Catholic sectors. He has chaired and participated in multiple state and national bodies in welfare and education and consulted nationally and internationally. He has published comprehensively through books, monographs and journals in areas of Special Education, Language and Reading, Interpersonal and Educational Psychology, School Renewal, Christian Leadership, and Catholic School Identity. Qualifications span arts, education, psychology, and leadership with research doctorates in Educational Psychology and Pastoral Theology. Adjunct professorial positions are held with two universities and fellowships exist within education, management and leadership professional bodies. Current responsibilities include university teaching, professional writing, and community engagement in not-for-profit governance boards. Bill holds the position of Associate Professor and Director of Catholic School Identity and Mission within ACU with responsibilities as Deputy Dean within the La Salle Academy. He is married to Noelene, lives in Noosa Heads, Queensland and delights in the association with his family Clare and Cam Stewart, and grandchildren William, Joseph and Amelia. In 2019 Bill was honored in the Queen's Birthday Honors as a Member of the Order of Australia.


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Research Interests

Education, Psychology, Theology, Reading, ; Educational Psychology, Special Education ; Educational Leadership, Counselling, ; Religious Education, Mission and Ministry ;

Methods Expertise

Both Quantitative and Qualitative ; Multivariate statistics, Discourse analysis ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • Student experiences of first-year university: An Australian case study (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)
  • Teachers in Catholic Secondary Schools and the New Evengelisation (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)
  • The renewal of Catholic school systems (PhD) (Associate Supervisor)
  • Psychology of Catholic School Renewal - University of New England (PhD) (Associate Supervisor)
  • Catholic School Renewal (PhD) (Associate Supervisor)

Current Projects

  • An exploration of how teachers in Catholic schools understand their roles (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)
  • What do Religious Education Teachers need to successfully lead the integration of Catholic Social Teaching principles across the middle secondary school curriculum? (Master) (Co-Supervisor)
  • The transmission of the MacKillop charism in the absence of the Sisters of Joseph's governance (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)
  • Impact of a reflection retreat on the engagement of male adolescents in an Australian Anglican school (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)
  • The use of Socratic circles as a discussion methodology, with a particular reference to its application in intercultural contexts (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Teacher and student evaluations of a trial RE curriculum: Implications for scale, in Submitted

Into the deep: Teacher reflections on the development and implantation of a trial Religious Education curriculum , in Submitted

Into the deep: Teacher evaluation of the development and implementation of a trial Religious Education curriculum , in Submitted

Catholic School Formation Index (CSFI): Development of a self-assessment tool for formation planning, in Submitted

Student perceptions of a trial Religious Education curriculum: Establishing baseline data, in Submitted

Ways forward in Religious Education: Reflections on an Australian colloquium, in eJournal of Catholic Education in Australasia


Formation for mission: A systems model for advancing the formation of the religious educator within an Australian context. In M. T. Buchanan and A. M. Gellel, (Eds.). Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education Volume II: Learning and Leading in a, in Netherlands: Springer Press.

Mission and teacher identity: A case for relationships, in Journal of Religious Education


Constants in context: Conciliar and post-conciliar documents on the Catholic school, in Journal of Religious Education

Cornerstone: Encountering the Spirit of Christ in the Catholic School. , in Melbourne: Coventry Press.


Leadership and identity in the Catholic school: an Australian perspective, in International Studies in Catholic Education, 8 (1), 73-90.

Ministry Profiling and Reporting. Oceania Province of the Christian Brothers. Brisbane, Australia.

Come and See: Occasional paper on the history and inspiration for mission within the Province of Oceania. In Casey, J. (Ed). Case Studies: Our Way into the Future (Vol 2). Congregation of Christian Brothers, Rome.


Catholic school identity and the new evangelization, in Journal of Religious Education,


Magisterium Perspectives on Catholic School Identity, in Journal of Religious Education, 61 (1), 4-14


Stones Cry Out: A Gospel Imagination for Catholic School Identity. , in Berlin: Lambert Academic Press.


Modelling pillars of Catholic school identity: an Australian study , in International Studies in Catholic Education, 3 (1), 73 - 90


Social and Emotional Learning: Reporting a system approach to developing relationships, nurturing wellbeing and invigorating learning, in Education and Child Psychology. 27 (1), 143 - 155.


Foundations for Schools Ministry as Church Mission. National Planning Committee for Schools Governance, Sydney.


Measuring Values in Education. Research Project, Australian College of Educators, Queensland Branch, Brisbane.


Interpersonal Effectiveness. , in Brisbane, Australia: Academic Press.


The Spirit of Leadership. Johannesburg, South Africa: Catholic Institute of Education.


Journeying in Renewal: A Resource for Self-Renewing Catholic Schools. Brisbane Catholic Education, Brisbane.


Catholic School Renewal: Transforming the Reform Agenda. In Keane, R., and Riley, D. (Eds.). Quality Catholic Schools: Challenges for Leadership as Catholic Education approaches the third millennium. Catholic Education, Brisbane.


Journeying in Renewal: A Resource for Self-Renewing Catholic Schools. Brisbane Catholic Education, Brisbane.


Building Personal Effectiveness, Objectives, Brisbane, Australia.


A system's journey in renewal, in Orbit, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Special Edition, 6 (1), 29-31.

Consultation. Monograph Series. Ministerial Consultative Council on Curriculum, Brisbane.

Imaging for curriculum renewal. Monograph Series. Ministerial Consultative Council on Curriculum, Brisbane.


Self-Renewing Catholic Schools: Towards a Model for Implementation within the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Brisbane Catholic Education, Brisbane.


Catholic school leadership: a dynamic response to cultural and organisational imperatives. In Everett, G., Sultmann, W.F. and Treston, K. (Eds). Called to Serve: Reflecting and visioning about contemporary Christian leadership. Brisbane Catholic Educat

Establishing a context: theories and styles of leadership. In Everett, G., Sultmann, W.F. and Treston, K. (Eds.) Called to Serve: Reflecting and visioning about contemporary Christian leadership. Brisbane Catholic Education, Brisbane.

Called to Serve: Reflecting and Visioning about Contemporary Christian Leadership. Brisbane Catholic Education, Brisbane.


A survey of the prevalence of exceptional students in Queensland Catholic Schools. Queensland Catholic Education Commission, Brisbane.


Validation of similar and dissimilar orthographic and semantic relationships, in Social and Behavioural Sciences Documents, 16 (2), 1-86.


Predicting and assessing early reading. In, Burnes, D., French, H. and Moore, F. (Eds), Literacy Strategies and Perspectives. pp. 149-154. Adelaide, Australian Reading Association.


Linguistic awareness and early reading, in Reading Psychology, 4, 327-335.

Readiness Assessment and Early Reading. Research Series, Queensland Department of Education, Brisbane.


Early Educational Provisions for Handicapped Children in Queensland. Occasional Paper Series, Number 2, Queensland Department of Education, Brisbane.


Congenital Ocular Motor Apraxia. An interdisciplinary approach to education, in (The Exceptional Child. 28 (2), 133-145

Readiness Assessment and Early Reading: A multiple regression analysis, in Reading Education. 7 (1), 39-46.

Special Entry Status Pre-School: A Descriptive Study. Occasional Paper Series, Number 1, Queensland Department of Education, Brisbane.


Personality Assessment Instruments: A Review. Discussion paper, Division of Special Education, Department of Education, Queensland.

Other information

Relevant writing also includes -

17 major system reports - Church and Government

HDR Student Information
Examination of doctoral theses (2015, 2014,2013)
External panel member of pre-submission of doctoral theses (2013, 2012, 2007)

Successful ARC Linkage grant with major national education provider ($250k)