- President's Award for Distinguished Teaching (2020)
A gifted teacher, generous mentor, and accomplished scholar, Carolyn Schult has dedicated her career to encouraging and fostering growth in her students and colleagues. Schult earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from university of Michigan Ann Arbor. Joining the Indiana University South Bend faculty in 1997, Schult has served as an exemplar in improving student engagement in the classroom.
Schult is a leader at IU South Bend, using Reacting to the Past, an active learning pedagogy, in her classroom to promote an interactive and hands-on approach to her courses. As a psychology professor, she challenges her students to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to real-life issues and to critically analyze evidence like a psychologist. Under her supervision, many of Schult's students have received grants to present and publish their research at campus, regional, and national levels. Deeply committed to student success, her peers acknowledge not only the quantity of students she advises, but also the quality of the advising relationships built with her students.
Trusted as a leader attuned to the needs of undergraduate students, Schult served as a First Year Experience task force member and was vital in the development of IU South Bend's FYE program. She regularly facilitates workshops as the director for South Bend's University Center for Excellence in Teaching (UCET) and presents at FACET retreats on a variety of topics including active learning, flipping the classroom, and Reacting to the Past. Seeing the need to develop well-prepared teachers within her discipline, Schult launched a mentoring program for junior faculty and graduate students through the Society for Research in Child Development's Developmental Science Teaching Institute.