Background and Professional Interests
Dr. Schultz holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Kansas. He has served as Co-director of the KU Work Group for Community Health and Development since 2007. As co-director, he has been active in building the capacity of communities to solve local problems, understanding community and systems change, evaluating community health and development initiatives, and developing methodologies for community improvement. Dr. Schultz is also Co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. He helped found and develop the Community Tool Box (CTB), a comprehensive and global online resource for community-building. Dr. Schultz has authored numerous articles on evaluation, empowerment, measurement of community intervention, and community development. He has been a consultant to or worked on projects from many foundations (e.g., Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Kansas Health Foundation, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City), state, national, and international agencies (e.g., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health and Human Services, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, PAHO, Texas Department of Health, Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services), community coalitions (e.g., Kansas City Chronic Disease Coalition, Austin-Travis County STEPS to a Healthier Community), and numerous non-profit organizations. Dr. Schultz was given the Society for Community Research and Action Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Community Psychology in 2007. He has been a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology since 1996.
Dr. Schultz is engaged in many KU Work Group projects as director, researcher, or advisor.