Aaron Schultz is an Assistant Professor at PC serving in both the Arts & Sciences and Social Work Departments. Aaron holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with an Alcohol and Drug studies minor along with Masters Degree in Sociology both from the University of South Dakota and is currently a Ph.D., candidate in Sociology from South Dakota State University with emphases in Race, Class, Gender studies and Social Deviance.
Prior to joining the PC faculty Aaron served as the Community Impact Director for the Sioux Empire United Way in Sioux Falls, SD.
In the last few years Aaron served as a Research Officer for First Nations Development Institute out of Fredericksburg, VA. He was responsible for planning, designing and gathering quantitative and qualitative data research for applied policy issues concerning Native Americans. Aaron worked directly with research focused on Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). After moving back home to Aberdeen Aaron continued his activities as a Research Fellow for First Nations and recently co-authored a chapter in Integrated Asset-Building Strategies for Reservation-Based Communities, which is currently being utilized in both the State and Federal policy initiatives.
Aaron resides in Aberdeen with his wife (Angelia) and two children (one more coming early May). He is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe and active in many community activities; being President Elect for the Board of Directors for the United Way of Northeast South Dakota and Chairperson for the Regional Aging Council’s 2008 Senior Center Conference to be held in June of this year.