My scholarship, teaching and service are grounded in a commitment to work toward a more ethical and just system of health care. Thus, my work focuses on a critical system-level analysis of social and health care conditions that deny health. (Please review the Tyranny of Profit Article, by Schroeder) Within this systems analysis, I have a particular interest in systemic oppression and domination of marginalized social groups. My work has focused on the impact of the social and health care system on marginalized populations, and out of that research, developing, implementing or evaluating innovative models of care. My adjunct status as Associate Professor in Women Studies speaks to my interest in critical theory, poststructuralism, feminism, politics and policy, and women's health.
As a teacher, my work is grounded in the fact that the conditions under which people live are the major determinant of their health - and that systematized social inequities based on racism, class and gender frame the US health and social system. Thus, a major goal of my graduate teaching is to open the university classroom to a level of discourse which enables students to question unjust institutional and political structures which are usually accepted as given. To that end, I am interested in transforming the curriculum to promote educational equity, assisting students to think critically and challenge unjust systems, and utilizing new technologies and pedagogical strategies to facilitate the teaching-learning process. I teach courses that emerge from critical-feminist traditions, and they usually focus on analysis of social and health policies which impact the health of people denied access to resources. Some of the graduate courses I teach include: NURS 588, Philosophical Inquiry in Nursing, a philosophy of science course; NMETH 583, Interpretive Methods; NURS 580, Methodological Perspectives in Nursing Inquiry; NURS 512/WS512, A Critical and Interdisciplinary Approach to Women's Health, cross listed with Women Studies; NURS 584, A Critical and Interdisciplinary Approach to Health Policy; and NMETH 520/521 an online required nursing research course. I supervise and am also a member of many doctoral and masters research committees, including students from Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. My community and university service involves work to promote success of diverse students in nursing, promoting services for pregnant addicted women, analyzing the impact of welfare reform on women and children, and exposing inequities based on gender.
Recent research involved an implementation project evaluating the impact of using doulas to advocate for incarcerated pregnant women during labor and birth, published in The Prison Journal 2005 (Schroeder and Bell, Labor Support for Incarcerated Pregnant Women: the Doula Project).
My work most currently involves improving the climate of inclusivity of the SON. I am in the process of an implementation project for faculty and staff around the topics of unmarked whiteness, power and privilege and the impact on inclusivity/exclusivity. This anti-oppression work in higher education is a form of social activism for me, consistent with my program of research focused on social justice.