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 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 and 2020), the MNA Program Outstanding Professor Award (2021) and the Leo Burke Outstanding Professor Award for the Chicago EMBA Program (2021). In 2017, she was named to Michiana's Class of Forty under 40 and a Top 40 Undergraduate Business Professor by Poets & Quants.
In 2019, Professor Collett-Schmitt was appointed as the Associate Dean for Specialized Master's Programs in the Mendoza College of Business. Mendoza's specialized master's programs include the Master of Science in Management (MSM), Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA), Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA), Master of Science in Finance (MSF), and Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA/EMNA) programs. Prior to serving as an associate dean, she oversaw accreditation for the College as Director of Special Projects.
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 also serves as the faculty advisor 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.”