Geoff Schultz, Ed.D.

Professor of Psychology and Special Education

Geoff Schultz


Geoff Schultz is a professor in undergraduate teacher preparation, SOEC program chair, special education, SOEC faculty senate and budget chair CAEP board examiner.

Research Overview

Schultz’s research has focused on intrinsic motivation and academic learning and how these motives impact children’s achievement, particularly in students with special needs. It factors in affection bias decision-making in special education due process hearings.

I taught children with special needs for eight years in suburbs of Chicago – Wheaton and Downers Grove – as well as Rockford, Illinois. I was also a three year coach of high school basketball!

Teaching Focus

  • Disability Law
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Special Education Assessment

Previous Roles

  • Division Chair, Education, Benedictine University
  • Associate Dean, Education, Indiana University Northwest
  • Head,Teacher Preparation, Purdue University Northwest
  • Chair, Faculty Senate, 2017-18
  • Vice Chair, Faculty Senate, 2015-17
Geoff Schultz


(219) 989-2045

Office Location:

Hammond, CLO 319


  • Ed.D. – Psychology, Northern Illinois University
  • M.A. – Special Education, Northern Illinois University
  • B.A. – Psychology, Beloit College

Areas of Expertise

  • Disability Law Educational
  • Psychology Special Education Assessment

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • Recipient of the Indiana University Founders’ Day Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004 (while employed at IU).
  • Licensed special education teacher (K-12): Mild/Moderate Disabilities; Severe Disabilities

Curriculum Vitae