Director of Special Projects; Associate Teaching Professor
BiographyKristen Collett-Schmitt teaches microeconomics in the undergraduate studies, Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA), and Executive MBA programs in the Mendoza College of Business. Her current research focuses on economics education and literacy, encouraging students to develop an interest for economics through the use of real-world applications. 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 MNA Outstanding Teacher Award (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017), and the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2014). In 2017, she was named to Michiana's Class of Forty under 40 and a Top 40 Undergraduate Business Professor by Poets & Quants. Kristen Collett-Schmitt 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 the social cause of providing necessities for hospitalized premature infants through her family’s non-profit organization, “Wishes for Preemies.”
Areas of Expertise
Law and Economics
Ph D, North Carolina State University
Master of Economics, North Carolina State University
BA, Bellarmine University
Economics of the Firm
"Assessing Student Understanding of Price and Opportunity Cost through a Hybrid Test Instrument: An exploratory study", (with Ross Guest, Peter Davies), Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research, 16, 2015.
2017 Southern Economic Association Meetings, ""Does Departmental Location Impact Student Perception of the Economics Major?"" (November 2017).
Michigan Academy of Science Arts & Letters, "Does Departmental Location Impact Student Perception of the Economics Major?" (March 10, 2017).
Michigan Academy of Science Arts & Letters, "Alarming behavior: the social consequences of home burglar alarms" (March 4, 2016).
Conference on Teaching Economics and Research in Economic Education, "The Five-Minute Presentation: Using Real-World Economics to Improve Information Literacy" (May 29, 2014).
Conference on Teaching Economics and Research in Economic Education, "Assessing Student Understanding of Price and Opportunity Cost Through a Hybrid Test Instrument" (May 29, 2013).
2012 Southern Economic Association Meetings, "Teaching Innovation Panels" (November 2012).
Conference on Teaching Economics and Research in Economic Education, "The Effectiveness of Online Collaborative Learning and Implications of Free-Riding Behavior" (May 31, 2012).