AND CHAIR, ECONOMICS
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
Phone: (678) 839-4771
Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, University of West Georgia
Bachelor of Arts, 1976, San Diego State University, Major Field: Economics; Minor Field: Political Science
Masters of Arts, 1978, University of New Mexico, Major Field: Economics
of Philosophy, 1987, University of New Mexico, Major Field: Economics
Dissertation: Business Climate and Regional Economic Growth: An Examination of Theoretical and Empirical Issues
Taught at University of West Georgia (during 1995-2011):
ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 3400 Consumer Economics (team taught with Leland Gustafson)
ECON 3406 Statistics for Business II
ECON 3410 Macroeconomic Policy
ECON 4400 Survey of Economics (pre-MBA)
ECON 4484 Seminar in Economics
††† ECON 6485 Economic Environment of Business††††††††
BUSA 1900 Surfing the Internet for Success (team taught with Leland Gustafson)
Independent Study Projects monitored on topics such as Monetary Policy, Network Economics, Environmental Economics, Economics of Insurance, Russian-U.S. Economic Relations, Health Care Economics, Economics Education, City Development, Global Poverty, China Economy, Sports Economics, Current Economic Issues, U.S. Economic History, and the Economics of Social Security. In addition, I have also monitored numerous internships for economics majors.
Other Teaching Accomplishments:
Web pages created for all courses. Complete PowerPoint slides for ECON 2105, 3410 and ECON 4484, computer lab and web-based assignments in ECON 3406 and utilization of student response systems (clickers) for ECON 2105 since Fall 2008.
New Semester Course Developed (Surfing the Internet, with Leland Gustafson). First offered during Spring 1999. Topics include e-mail, Internet library research, job search skills, search engines, portals, multi-media and introductory web page design.
Participant in numerous teaching conferences/workshops including: Academy of Economics and Finance Teacher Training Workshops (1997-2010); Clickers in the Classroom (2010); Integrating New Technologies in the Teaching of Economics (NSF); Business Teaching Conference (Elmhurst College/Metropolitan State); Innovative Techniques for Teaching Principles of Economics (Stanford) and Faculty Conference on Learning and Research (AACSB)
Member, UWG Graduation Rates Commission, 2010-2011; Member, Faculty Senate Budget Committee (2010-2012); Faculty Senate (2009-10); Chair of the Ad Hoc Faculty Senate Budget Committee (2009-10); AAUP Treasurer (2009-present); Institutional Research Director, Search Committee (2008); Member, SRAP Grant Selection Committee (2008-Present)); Member, Grievance Subcommittee (May/June 2007; April/May 2009); Member, Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee (2004-present); Chair, Controller Search Committee, May-July, 2004; Member, Facilities Advisory Planning Committee, Summer/Fall 2003; Chair, Faculty Administrative Staff Personnel Committee (2000-2001); Chair, SACS Subcommittee on Administrative Processes (2000-2002); Member, Director of Human Resources Search Committee; Member, Director of Facilities and Grounds Search Committee; Faculty Senate Representative; Member, President's Disciplinary Appeals Committee; Member, Learning Resources Committee; Member, Faculty Committee on Dismissal (appointed by Academic Vice-President) and AAUP Chapter President (1996-97).
College and Departmental Activities include: Chair, Economics Department, Fall 2001-present; †Chair, RCOB Undergraduate Programs Committee (2005-present); coordinate annual economic forecast breakfasts, and member of RCOB Deanís Advisory Committee.
Service to Community includes: Co-author of quarterly West Georgia Regional Update; Member, Georgia Consortium on Personal Finance Literacy; Presentations to Public/Private Schools and Civic Clubs; Presentations to Carrollton Great Decisions Group; Economic Insights and Provision of Information to Public and Media; and Volunteer Coaching (Soccer) with Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department.
Previous Professional Experience:
Economist I, Bureau of Business and Economics Research, University of New Mexico, 1984-88. Activities included preparing and writing forecasts for the New Mexico economy, undertaking fiscal impact analyses of selected development projects, conducting water research studies and examining the economic impact of specific air quality regulations.
Analyst, SRI International (Stanford Research Institute),
Organizational Memberships: American Economic Association, National Association for Business Economics (NABE), Academy of Economics and Finance, Georgia Association of Economics and Finance, Atlanta Economics Club, Beta Gamma Sigma and Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
Payment Methods and Practices Among College Students: A Classroom Discussion Tool, Journal for Economic Educators, forthcoming (with H. Patron and W.J. Smith).
Demonstrating the Central Limit Theorem in the Classroom: An Excel Exercise, Journal for Economic Educators, 2009 (Summer), Vol. 9, No. 1 (with H. Patron and W.J. Smith).
Student Perceptions on the Use of an Online Textbook with an Integrated Web Based Homework Management Product,† Mountain Plains Journal of Business and Economics, 2008, Volume 9, #1 (with M. M. Kassis and S. Lopez).
Determining the Saving Rate Necessary for a Comfortable Retirement, The Journal of Personal Finance, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2005 (with L. V. Gustafson and B. Bird).
A Historical Perspective of Georgiaís Economy.† Fiscal Research Center, Report 100, Georgia State University, February 2005 (with M. M. Kassis).
War Finance: Economic and Historic Lessons, The Social Studies, Volume 95, Number 5, September/October 2004 (with M. M. Kassis).
The Impact of a Community Based Privatized Approach to the Provision of Social Services: Findings from the Emerging South, Journal of Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology, Vol. 29, No. 2, December 2001 (with R. Sanders).
Integrating the Internet in the Classroom: Examples from Economics, College Student Journal, Vol. 32, Number 3, September 1998 (with L.V. Gustafson)
Trends and Expenditures in State Prisons, New Mexico and Selected States. New Mexico Business, Vol. 18, No. 2, March 1997.
Persistence of Inter-Urban Differences in Mortgage Rates: Evidence From the
Discrimination in Lending and the Community Reinvestment Act. Business and Economic Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, Spring 1995.
The Internet: A Curriculum Warehouse for Social Studies Teachers. The Social Studies, Vol. 86, No. 3, May/June 1995 (with L. V. and J. E. Johnson).
Published Abstract of "Using the Internet in Economic Education" published in The Teaching Economist, Issue 10, Fall 1995 (with L. V. Gustafson).
Supply and Demand, Price Ceilings and Scalping in Great Ideas for Teaching Economics, 6th ed., ed. Ralph T. Byrns and Gerald W. Stone, Harper Collins, 1995 (with M. D. Raper).
Willingness to Pay for Visibility and Health, Land Economics, Vol. 70, No. 4, November 1994 (with E. T. Loehman and S. Park).
Integrating the Internet into the Classroom, Referred Proceedings of the Business, Education and Society Conference, Minneapolis, November 1994.
Financial Institutions and Community Reinvestment: The Social Responsibility to Lend to the Nationís Poor Communities, Studies in the Social Sciences (West Georgia College), Vol. 32, 1994.
The Internet-A Resource in the Teaching of Economics and Beyond, Business Education Forum, Vol. 49, No. 1, October 1994 (with L.V. Gustafson and J. E. Johnson).
Presentations at Professional Meetings (1995-2011):
Payment Methods and Practices Among College Students: A Classroom Discussion Tool (with H. Patron and W.J. Smith), Academy of Economics and Finance Meeting, Jacksonville, FL, February 10, 2011.
Developing an Economic Indicator Index for a Local Economy, Academy of Economics and Finance, Pensacola Beach, FL, February 13, 2009 (with W.J. Smith and M. M. Kassis).
Using Excel and VBA for Teaching Statistical Concepts in Business Statistics, Academy of Economics and Finance, Nashville, TN, February 15, 2008 (with W.J. Smith and H. Patron).
Student Perceptions on the Use of an Online Textbook with an Integrated Web-Based Homework Management Product, Academy of Economics and Finance, Jacksonville, FL, February 16, 2007 (with M. M. Kassis and S. Lopez).
Student Perceptions on the Use of an Online Textbook with an Integrated Web-based Homework Management Product, Academy of Economics and Finance Meeting, Houston, TX, February 9, 2006 (with M. M. Kassis and S. Lopez)
Determining the Saving Rate Necessary for a Comfortable Retirement, Academy of Economics and Finance Meeting, Myrtle Beach, SC, February 10, 2005 (with L. V. Gustafson and B. Bird).
A Historical Perspective of Georgia's Economy, Academy of Economics and Finance Meeting, Biloxi, MS, February 13, 2004 (with M. M. Kassis)
West Georgia's Economic Outlook, State of Georgiaís Economy, Budget Responsibility Oversight Committee of the State Legislature, Atlanta, January 24, 2003.
Web/Internet Usage in Introductory Economics in the University System of Georgia, Academy of Economics and Finance Meeting, Pensacola, FL, February 15, 2002 (with L. V. Gustafson).
Literacy Campaigns: Past and Present,
Surfing the Internet for Success: A Course Taught by Economics Faculty, Academy of Economics and Finance Meeting, Nashville, TN, February. 11, 2000 (with L. V. Gustafson).
the Internet and the WWW into Introductory Economics Classes: Some Recent
Developments, Information Technology and the Teaching of Economics Conference,
Highlights of Student-Related and Instructor-Related Web Pages for Principles of Economics Texts, Georgia Association of Economics and Finance, Macon, GA, April 4, 1998.
Using the Internet in the Classroom, Academy of Economics and Finance Meeting, Montgomery, AL, February 13, 1998 (with L. V. Gustafson).
Roundtable discussion "Using the Web to Teach Economics", Southern Economics Association meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 21-23, 1997.
Innovative Uses of the Internet in the Teaching of Economics, Academy of Economics and Finance Meeting, Lafayette, LA, February 13, 1997.
The Internet and Economic Education, Georgia Association of Economics and Finance Meeting, Albany, GA, April 18, 1996 (with L. V. Gustafson).
Integrating the Internet into the Teaching of Consumer Economics. Georgia Educational Technology Conference, Macon, GA, April 17, 1996.
Integrating the Internet into Social Studies Instruction.
The World Wide Web and Business Education. Midsouth Academy of Economics and Finance Meeting, Biloxi, MS, February 16, 1995 (with L. V. Gustafson).
Other Professional Activity:
Undergraduate Papers Sessions Coordinator, Academy of Economics and Finance Meetings (2008-present).
Member of the National Association of Business Economists (NABE) Policy Panel. Participate in NABE quarterly national surveys on economic policy.
Selected by Rotary International (Georgia District 6900) to participate in Group Study Exchange Program to Sri Lanka (February, 1996).
Member of B-Quest Editorial Review Board.† Associate Editor, Academy of Economics and Finance Journal.† Numerous other book and manuscript reviews.
economics-related presentations to local civic groups and other organizations
Attended a variety of AACSB-I seminars/workshops/conferences including: Assessment Seminar (December 2003), Maintenance of Accreditation Seminar (May 2004), Learning from the Leaders Conference (September 2004), Annual Meeting (April 2005), Department Chairís Seminar (April 2006), Applied Assessment Seminar (June 2006); Faculty Conference on Learning and Research (June/July 2008); Assessment Conference (March 2010); and Sustainability Conference (June 2011).
Updated August 2011