Kathy Schultz
Dean of the School of Education • Professor
Literacy Studies • Research on Teaching & Teacher Education • Educational Foundations, Policy & Practice

School of Education, Room 124
University of Colorado Boulder
249 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309​


Kathy Schultz is Dean and Professor of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education. Prior to this appointment, she was Dean of the School of Education at Mills College in Oakland, California from 2010—2016. She served as professor and director of the teacher education program at the University of Pennsylvania from 1997-2010 where she founded and directed the Center for Collaborative Research and Practice in Teacher Education. During that time, she was the faculty director of the Philadelphia Writing Project and served on the Empowerment Board (School Board) of the Chester Upland School District. 

Her scholarly work has focused on the research, development, and dissemination of practices that support new and veteran teachers working with marginalized populations in high poverty areas. Her two recent books, Listening: A framework for teaching across differences and Rethinking classroom participation: Listening to silent voices address these issues. She is currently working on a book on the role of distrust in educational reform that draws on her work in Oakland and as a school board member and leader of professional development in international settings. 

Since coming to CU Boulder, one of her areas of focus has been to work with the faculty to develop place-based partnerships including student teaching, professional development, research, policy, and community-engaged projects in three areas: Northeast Colorado, Lafayette (in Boulder County), and the Five Points area of Denver. She has been particularly interested in working closely with colleagues in Northeast Colorado to develop recruitment and retention strategies for rural teachers as a way to address the teacher shortage in that area and across rural communities in Colorado.