Called one of the university's most accomplished faculty members, psychology professor Kenneth Shultz, has been named Cal State San Bernardino's 2014-2015 Outstanding Professor.
Shultzlearned of the honor while teaching one of his psychology graduate classes on May 13.
Following a university tradition, CSUSB President Tomas D. Morales walked into the professor's classroom - accompanied by a group of nearly 30 previous award winners, fellow faculty members and university administrators - to make the announcement in front of Shultz's students.
"We're here to honor Ken. He was selected by previous awardees as this year's Outstanding Professor at CSUSB," Morales said. "He has steadily emerged as one of the university's most accomplished faculty members - a scholar, a great teacher. Students consistently observe how knowledgeable he is on the subject that he teaches."
The Outstanding Professor Selection Committee wrote in a nominating letter that Shultz was the consensus selection for the award. "His well-rounded record of achievements in teaching, professional activities, and service establishes him as an exceptional representative of CSUSB. Uniformly lauded by both colleagues and students for his research, teaching and for his tireless service to the university, the announcement of this award will undoubtedly be applauded by the campus community."
Shultz has achieved international recognition for his research on older workers and retirement, and he regularly collaborates with other top researchers in those areas. He has also published 47 articles in professional journals while at CSUSB.
Shultz joined Cal State San Bernardino in 1992 as an assistant professor in the university's psychology department. He was named an associate professor in 1997 and named a full professor in 2001.
Shultz was awarded a bachelor's degree in psychology from the State University of New York, Potsdam. He received a master's degree and a Ph.D. both in industrial and organizational psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit. He also completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Southern California for the National Institute on Aging.
Shultz called it a surreal experience to have the president come to his class to make the announcement in front of his students.
"I'm very honored and humbled," Shultz said. "There are a lot of deserving faculty here at Cal State San Bernardino. Seeing the list of previous honorees is pretty humbling."