Professor Dau-Schmidt is a nationally recognized teacher and scholar on the subjects of labor and employment law and the economic analysis of legal problems.
His innovative teaching methods using classroom simulations have been widely featured in publications including the Christian Science Monitor,Chronicle of Higher Education, the Chicago Sun-Times, the National Jurist, and the Indiana Daily Student. In 2003 he was awarded the Leon H. Wallace Award, Indiana Law's top teaching prize, and IU's Sylvia Bowman Award for Teaching Excellence. He received the Excellence in Education Award of the Industrial Relations Research Association in 2004.
He is author of seven books and numerous articles on labor and employment law and the economic analysis of law, and he frequently presents papers at academic conferences and law schools across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. In 1990 he received the Scholarly Paper Award from the Association of American Law Schools for his work on the economic analysis of the criminal law as a preference-shaping policy.
Dau-Schmidt is active in law school administration, most recently serving as the Associate Dean of Faculty Research. He was also the Chair or Co-Chair of the law school's Center for Law, Society and Culture from 2003-2007 and has been an active participant in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and IU leadership programs.
Involved in several national academic associations, Dau-Schmidt was elected to the National Council of the American Association of University Professors and appointed to serve on the executive and litigation committees of that organization. He is the past chair of the Labor Law Group and has chaired the Association of American Law School sections on the Economic Analysis of Law and Socio-Economics. In addition, he has served in various capacities on the executive committee of the AALS section on Labor and Employment Law and the Industrial Relations Research Association's section on Labor and Employment Law. He is also a founder of the Midwest Law and Economics Association.
Professor Dau-Schmidt has been fortunate enough to be invited to teach at various European and Asian universities, including Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany; Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen, Germany; and Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) in Paris. He is also an affiliated faculty member with Peking University's School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China.