Schmidt Named Summer 2017 Innovation Fellow

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schmidt (SPP Professor of Practice) was selected through a highly competitive process as a UMass Summer 2017 Innovation Fellow. 

Schmidt will participate in several symposia taking place at UMass in June designed to provide faculty with "hands-on" training in the latest instructional technologies.

The fellowship will also enable Schmidt to contribute to a community of scholars helping to develop a campus innovation think tank during the upcoming academic year and beyond.

Schmidt was one of only three faculty selected as Summer 2017 Innovation Fellows from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Schmidt brings considerable knowledge and expertise about innovation to her fellowship. She currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses about social enterprises--organizations that have a social mission while making a financial profit and striving for positive environmental and personal impacts on the communities they inhabit.

Prior to arriving at UMass in 2015, Schmidt directed the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at George Mason University and helped to plan a new School of Social Impact and Innovation.

Also trained as a lawyer with a J.D. from Stanford University, Schmidt has served as general counsel and vice president of business development for Guidestar, a leading source of information on nonprofits. Schmidt currently teaches courses on nonprofit law and management and recently released a new edition of her book on that topic, Nonprofit Law: The Life Cycle of a Charitable Organization.

Schmidt has also innovated in the area of instructional technology, having developed graduate-level hybrid distance learning courses offered partly online and partly in-person. At Colonial Williamsburg, where she previously served as educational outreach manager, Schmidt launched a distance learning program.

Additional information about Schmidt is available here.