University of Vermont

Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont

Community Development and Applied Economics

Fred Schmidt

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Fred Schmidt, PhD Associate Professor Emeritus

  • PhD 1973 Cornell University
  • MS 1969 Cornell University
  • BA 1963 Antioch College
Areas of Expertise:

rural community development, town planning,
community engagement

Contact Information
Office: 208G Morrill Hall
Phone: 802.656.3021

Dr. Schmidt is an active member of all the communities he belongs to: academic community, his Shelburne community, Vermont communities and the Vermont community, political community, and the global community. In 1978, he founded the Center for Rural Studies ( to address social, economic, and resource-based issues of rural people and communities. Over three decades, CRS (with its partners) has built an immense information base oriented to local decision making and planning. Dr. Schmidt served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia from 1963 to 1965 and has also worked in Mexico, the former USSR, Uganda, Kenya, Honduras, and Scotland on projects reflecting local control, rural and agricultural development, health and social service delivery.

Courses Taught

CDAE/SOC 205: Rural Communities in Modern Society
CDAE 392: Graduate Seminars
CDAE 208/PSS 295: Agricultural Policy and Ethics
CDAE 218: Community Organization & Development
CDAE 295: Community Leadership

Links to Articles

Realizing Rural Dreams.
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