Dr. Guss, Alpha Chapter, served the Society at every level. She was president of Alpha Chapter. She was credited with revamping the state scholarship program during her state presidency biennium. At the international level she was chair of the Committee of Scholarships, the Committee on Special Scholarships, Northeast Regional Director, and first vice-president before being elected international president. Later she was recipient of the International Achievement Award.
Dr. Carolyn Guss began her educational career as a teacher of Latin and English in Kingman and Amo. In 1942 she returned to IU to pursue a master’s degree, later a PhD, and never looked back. She was recognized for her expertise and mentorship as a pioneer in the field of educational film classification and cataloging. A longtime staff member at Indiana University, she organized its internationally acclaimed film collection. She was elected national president of the Educational Film Library and served as state president of the Audio-Visual Instructive Directors of Indiana.
Carolyn Guss contributed to her community, her profession and the well-being of women in education. The 1968 International Award for Advanced Graduate Study in Education was permanently established in her honor as a member of the Society.