Mgr. Petr Soják, Ph.D.

department head, assistant professor and course director |

Since I was a child I’ve climbed mountains and felt a connection with water. This is why I decided that my mission is to be a guide (whether clients or students). I support them in finding meaning in their life, learning new things, solving problems. At the department I deal with personal and social development, experiential learning, psychotherapy, and leadership. My inner drive is T.R.E.K.:Trust myself and those I am guiding, Restraint = have skills and abilities in my power, Enthusiasm to receive and give strokes, Know = possess and be able to convey information. CV and publications

doc. Mgr. Michal Kaplánek, Th.D.

assistant professor |

In 1988 I secretly joined the Catholic Congregation of the Salesians of Don Bosco. In my scientific work, I try to create the methodological preconditions for at least some educational institutions to become at the same time "home, school, playground and church" (Don Bosco). Since 2004 to 2022 I was the guarantor of the study field Leisure Education at the Faculty of Theology of the University of South Bohemia and from September 2021 I want to contribute to the development of the Department of Social Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education of MU.

doc. Mgr. Dušan Klapko, Ph.D.

deputy head, assistant professor |

I have worked at the Department of Social Education since 2005. I teach social theory, social inclusion, history of social education, methodology, and courses of experiential learning. I focus my research on textbook analysis, power discourse analysis in the socialisation of Roma children, the use of theatre in teaching, and the applications of experiential learning. Among my successes I count the successful completion of GAČR and NAKI projects for which I won the Europa Nostra award. CV and publications

Assoc. Prof. PhDr. Jiří Němec, Ph.D.

dean of the Faculty of Education of MU, associate professor |

I delight in studying topics that concern games, creativity, and experiential learning. Among other things, I teach my students how to explore the world and social-educational affairs using qualitative and quantitative techniques. In my research I focus on leisure-time education and strategies of teaching socially disadvantage pupils. I love nature and travelling, and am a keen runner, hiker, and ski-mountaineer. CV and publications

Mgr. Lenka Gulová, Ph.D.

assistant professor |

I dedicate my professional and civil life to the support of individuals and development of communities. For many years, my most powerful tool has been project planning, which allows me to effectively bind theory with practice. I have experience in working with government institutions as well as NGOs, and in addition to my thirty years of experience in this field, I am also an active member of a leisure-time society with some activities in environmental studies. Spirituality and faith, activation and motivation towards a meaningful life, and respect for others give hope to my life. Project Open University | CV and publications

Mgr. et Mgr. Markéta Košatková, Ph.D.

assistant professor |

Social education has taught me to seek the limits of the (im)possible and awakened my interest in intercultural and international education, diversity, discourse, and people’s actions within it. Professionally, I focus on the personal development of student teachers and the education of special-needs pupils. My work has been published in the Journal of the Czech Pedagogical Society and Social Education. Besides my doctoral studies, I am also a learner of photography and an active member of the Faculty and University Senate. CV and publications

Mgr. et Mgr. Martina Kurowski, Ph.D.

assistant professor |

I am a social educator, assistant professor and implementer of several community projects. My research interests include the education of children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, the introduction of the profession of social pedagogue into schools and the issue of diversity in schools. I enjoy travelling and networking, which is why I am active in our department's international projects. Supporting the development of education in Ukraine | Aktion | Biography and publications

Mgr. Veronika Nýdrlová, Ph.D.

assistant professor |

I teach applied drama, especially a form called Playback Theatre. I also bring my professional experience from experiential education and therapeutic work to courses devoted to the personal development of teachers to be. I consider it important to connect social-edu activities with foreign experts. That is also why my dissertation thesis is dedicated to a community project taking place in the occupied territories of Palestine.

MgA. Lenka Polánková, Ph.D.

assistant professor and Drama Education profile director |

I focus on drama education; specifically on the Theatre of the Oppressed. Currently, I apply this method in socially excluded areas of the Czech Republic with an emphasis on the coexistence of majority and minority social groups; such as people brought up in institutional care and people without a home. I also implement a GAČR project which investigates family and school socialisation in socially excluded areas in the Czech Republic. CV and publications

Mgr. Barbara Strobachová, Ph.D.

assistant professor |

I studied psychology and got my Ph.D. at the Faculty of Education, MU in Brno. I deal mostly with psychotherapy and personal development, but I also enjoy working with children and students, engaging in social entrepeneurship, projects, and communities. Visit me at Slunovrat School (for observations or teaching practice) or at the department if you need a consultation on personality psychology, developmental psychology, or psychodiagnostics. Or if you want to conduct your research using the not-so-common phenomenological methodology MCA. CV and publications

Mgr. František Trapl, Ph.D.

assistant professor, assistant and contact person for internationalisation and mobility |

As naturally as we link theory with practice, so do I wish to intertwine my life with my profession. Both of these combine into my pursuit of the global human (internationalisation), human dignity (values), human acceptance (inclusion), human respect (diversity) and the education of the human soul and spirit. CV and publications

Mgr. Tomáš Andrášik

asistent |

Tomas is an educator and psychotherapist. At the Faculty of Education, he facilitates self-experiential personal development groups and teaches applied drama and improvisation. He is also a co-founder of the therapeutic center “Zázemí”, where he provides psychotherapy to individuals and groups. His research interests include Gestalt therapy, Gestalt Theatre, applied improvisation, and personality development in teacher training programs. He is also interested in the relationship between mental health, embodiment, and the educational processes and believes that the qualities of an educator are rooted within their own personality. CV and publications

Dana Jakubjanská DiS.

secretary |

I graduated from the Higher School of Social Law in Brno, but for 21 years I worked for a private company where I was working with people. Students were always the alpha and omega for me. Since 2021, I have been returning to my field of study. My task in this institution is the position of secretary to the head of the Social Education department. I perform assistant work and administration. I am available for any questions related to the study and operation of our department.

Mgr. Kateřina Štěpařová – maternity leave

secretary |

I have been the department’s secretary since 2009. It only took a few years before I adopted the social education mindset and changed my perception of my surroundings to such an extent that I decided to get a degree in the field. In 2018 I received my bachelor’s degree and am working towards my master’s. I live and breathe the department and am excited to meet every student who visits our “family”. I also help develop Denny’s method (making videos for children with ASD), which I teach as part of a university course.

Mgr. Lenka Ďulíková

doctoral candidate |

“Only he who nurtures the spirit of free thought and the sentiment of personal responsibility is fit to call himself a teacher.” (J. A. Comenius) My goal is to motivate others to realise their potential through hands-on experience and effective communication. I work as an instructor at adaptation courses, teach and explore channels of communication between teachers and teacher assistants. I coordinate the tutoring of socially disadvantaged children, co-manage summer camps and play the guitar. I draw fulfilment from these activities.

Mgr. et Mgr. Veronika Kolaříková

doctoral candidate |

My background is in sociology and social education. In my work I focus on issues of everyday social life, the composition of national identity, social discourse, social practices, norms, and social pathologies. Aside from these, I also work in museum pedagogy, and am applying my experience in the course Museum Pedagogy, which is open to students every autumn semester. In my spare time I like to paint and draw. CV and publications

Mgr. et Mgr. Kristýna Melkusová - temporarily interrupted

doctoral candidate |

I studied social pedagogy at Pdf MU and also andragogy at FF MU. I am interested in the issues of aging and old age. In my work I deal with topics that are connected with everyday life in the family and in society. I focus not only on seniors, but especially on the middle - productive generation, which can and often does a conflict of roles. In my free time, I focus mainly on my family. I love nature, travel and movement.

Mgr. Andrea Poslt Špoková - temporarily interrupted

doctoral candidate |

Professionally and academically, I am involved in career counselling, human resource management, experiential pedagogy, design thinking and innovation. My mission is to lead others to think in context and find new and novel solutions. I strive to do this both in the Faculty of Education by preparing future educators in the area of personal and social development, as well as in my freelance work as a lecturer of educational courses and consultant in the field of HR marketing and service design. Self-Experience Preparation for the Profession | Design and Fundraising | Personal and Social Preparation | LinkedIn

Mgr. Dagmar Krišová

doctoral candidate |

I work on gender-sensitive education and feminist pedagogy. My research focuses on students' awareness of gender equality and gender-sensitive education. As a member of the Theatre of the Oppressed Cabinet, I am involved in teaching and developing drama education and theatre of the oppressed in the department. Outside of academia, I collaborate with the associations Brno na Kole and Konsent. Towards gender sensitive education | The role of partnership approach and group work in preparing children for leaving the orphanage

Mgr. Margita Michaelová – temporarily interrupted

doctoral candidate |

In my profession, I strive to build community life and inclusion in society. I am interested in the lives of Roma people who are ethnically stigmatized in our society. I offer these people cooperation and opportunities for their own self-realization in solving their problems. Studying at the Department of Social Pedagogy provides me with the best professional support in fulfilling my visions in practice. The basis of my work is social work education and religious education (Bahá'í teachings)


Mgr. Radmila Dačevová

doctoral candidate |

In my many years of experience, I specialize in alternative forms of education and everything related to them. I like to introduce and test new things, such as Feuerstein's method of instrumental enrichment. I enjoy organizing educational courses and workshops for primary school teachers. Projects

Mgr. Michal Pařízek

doctoral candidate |

I am professionally interested in holistic education which I understand as a balance of the physical, spiritual, emotional, cognitive, social, and aesthetic aspects of every individual. I explore holistic education from many points of view (philosophy, theology, social pedagogy, experiential learning), as well as through physical movement and music. I promote the introduction of principles of holistic education into curricula of pedagogy (not only) at the tertiary level and I hope my approach could inspire other pedagogues.

Zuzana Dvořáková

Zuzana Dvořáková

Practice coordinator |

I took my start to adulthood a bit from the other side. Instead of applying for university right after college, I decided to take a break from studies and while working, figure out what profession I would like to study in future. Wind took me to Glasgow, where I worked a few years in hospitality. Three years later, with better English and many stories to tell, I landed in Prague. I worked there as a babysitter and manager in one famous family, and I had the chance to have direct contact again with my culture after those years abroad. Two years later I moved to Spain, this time listening to the voice of my heart. However, pandemia made things very complicated over there. Consequently, I decided to come back to my hometown. As I promised myself, after a long break, I came back to academic life. I am currently studying Special Education at MU. I am also lucky enough to work for the same university. This combination of education and work makes me feel very implicated and satisfied.

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