At the moment, there are three full-time faculty in the department: Eric Mitchell, Ph.D. New Hampshire 1991, John Abell, Ph. D. University of Kentucky 1985, Elizabeth Perry, Ph.D. Virginia Tech 2005. A fourth faculty member specializing in business will be hired in 2008.
John and Elizabeth teach exclusively in economics and Eric teaches both economics and some of the business courses. Adjuncts with first-hand experience in the business world teach the others. The fact that there are only three faculty members in the department guarantees that you’ll get to know them and they’ll get to know you. You may even get a chance to work with one of them one-on-one in our competitive student-faculty summer research program.
They collectively bring over 40 years of experience into the classroom. You will find them to be engaging, approachable, and actively involved in a variety of academic research projects.
The topics they’re interested in are wide-ranging: the economic impact of Habitat for Humanity home construction, the economics of education, the economics of sustainable coffee production, the economic and environmental impacts of fuel efficient stoves, the relationship of poverty and economic growth, and the economics of the textbook industry.
The three of them are widely traveled—countries visited include Austria, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, France, Germany (former West and East) Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela, Wales—and as such bring a distinctive international flavor to their classes.
There are four courses in the curriculum that are specifically international: International Economics (Econ 219), Advanced International Economics (Econ 320), Economic Development: Latin America (Econ 246), and International Business (Bus 267).
International themes are woven as well throughout the rest of the curriculum. For example, in Principles of Macroeconomics (Econ 101) students study the ancient Maya civilization and discuss what modern societies might learn about resource use or misuse from the so-called Maya Collapse.
In Strategic Management (Bus 350), students analyzing case studies of companies experiencing problems in the marketplace are expected to include international policy solutions in their overall recommendations for change.
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