Kristen Collett-Schmitt teaches economics in the undergraduate studies, Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration (EMNA), Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA), Master of Science in Management (MSM) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs in the Mendoza College of Business. Her current research focuses on education and literacy, encouraging students to develop an interest for economics through the use of real-world applications, and inclusive pedagogy. Professor Collett-Schmitt's honors and distinctions include the Department of Finance James Dincolo Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award (2016), the Joe and Gina Prochaska Family Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award (2015), the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2014), the EMNA Program Outstanding Professor Award (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2022), the MNA Program Outstanding Professor Award (2021), the Leo Burke Outstanding Professor Award for the Chicago EMBA Program (2021), and the 2022 Provost's Award for Academic Support of Student-Athletes. In 2017, she was named to Michiana's Class of Forty under 40 and a Top 40 Undergraduate Business Professor by Poets & Quants.
Both inside and outside of the classroom, Kristen Collett-Schmitt is passionate about inclusion and equity. In 2022, she spearheaded the inaugural DE&I Grow the Good in Business Case Competition and piloted a professional development program that addresses the inequitable promotion of women to management positions. Professor Collett-Schmitt helped establish the Notre Dame Chapter for MoneyThink, a student organization that seeks to promote financial literacy by placing college mentors in South Bend high schools to teach personal finance lessons, and is devoted to providing necessities for hospitalized premature infants through her family’s non-profit organization, “Wishes for Preemies.”
In 2022, Professor Collett-Schmitt was appointed as the Associate Dean for Innovation and Inclusion in the Mendoza College of Business. Previously, she served as the Associate Dean for Specialized Master's Programs and oversaw accreditation for the College as Director of Special Projects.