Dr. Shawn Michael Bullock, PPhys, FRAS, FRGS, FRSA

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.”

(Einstein, 1931, p. 97)

Current Position
Reader in the History of Science, Technology and Education
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, U.K.
smb216 (at) cam (dot) ac.uk

Dr. Bullock has undergraduate degrees in both physics (B.Sc., University of Waterloo) and education (B.Ed., Queen’s University), graduate degrees in both education (M.Ed., Queen’s University) and the history and philosophy of science and technology (M.A., University of Toronto), and a Ph.D. in education (Queen’s University). More details on his academic qualifications can be found here.

Il est bilingue (English-Français) et il peut fonctionner dans les deux langues.

Research Program
Dr. Bullock’s work uses the lenses afforded the history and philosophy of science and technology to examine educational questions and issues. Specifically, he is interested in the history and philosophy of higher education in physics in the 19th century, engineering education in both the 19th century and in the early years of the Cold War, the use technologies for educational purposes, the professional education of teachers, and additional language education and policy development.

Dr. Bullock’s more general work in education is grounded within a research methodology known as self-study of teaching and teacher education practices, a research tradition he strongly believes is well-suited to the initial education and on-going professional development of teachers and teacher educators.

You are invited to use the menu to explore information about Dr. Bullock’s published research, conference presentations, and teaching role at the University of Cambridge.

More details on his current research program can be found here.

Dr. Bullock is currently available to supervise students at the Masters and Doctoral levels.

Professional Physicist Certification:
Dr. Bullock is a certified professional physicist (P.Phys.) with the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP)

Professional Teaching Certifications:
Dr. Bullock is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT), with qualifications to teach physics, chemistry and mathematics at the secondary level in addition to general primary-level certification in the province of Ontario, Canada. Dr. Bullock is also certified to teach in the province of British Columbia, Canada and has Qualified Teacher Status in England.

Personal Interests
Dr. Bullock has been a lifelong practitioner of a variety of martial arts and has taught martial arts, for a number of schools in a number of capacities for the more than two decades. This personal interest in martial arts has led to some academic scholarship on the role of teaching and learning whithin martial arts. He is also an avid amateur musician and artist; he enjoys playing the violin and guitar and his art tends toward an eclectic mix of interests–most recently acrylic paintings and cartoons. If you are interested in reading a lengthier personal biography, please click here.

Online Presence
Dr. Bullock maintains his online presence though this website.

  • He is always available via email: smb215(at)cam(dot)ac(dot)uk and shawn(at)shawnbullock(dot)ca.
  • He does not, has not, nor will ever use Facebook, LinkedIn, or other Social Media service.
  • He neither tweets nor instagrams.

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