Teaching

Each year a new cohort of students arrive in my classes. Many arrive to some degree paralyzed by perfectionism, tentative about taking the initiative, and unwilling to throw themselves and their work into the real world out of fear of failure. My job is to transform them into the leaders our complex, interdependent and rapidly changing world needs.

Toward that end, my students and I live on two dollar a day, operate a microfinancial institution in Honduras, mobilize global grass-root movements, and orchestrate a national conference. I call my pedagogy Tribal Teaching. I invite you to review my blog entries dedicated to exploring my living curriculum.

Teaching Schedule:

I usually teach the following sequence of courses:

Fall

  • Econ 202: Principles of Microeconomics
  • Econ 303: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Econ 490: IMAGINE Social Good

Spring

  • Econ 202: Principles of Microeconomics
  • Econ 303: Intermediate Microeconomics

Other Courses I Have Taught: 

  • Econ 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Econ 342 Law and Economics
  • Econ 381: Microfinance for Development
  • Econ 384: Economic Development
  • Econ 488: Game Theory
  • Econ 488K Indigenous Cultures and Economic Change
  • Econ 488M Political Economy of Violence
  • FSEM 100: Do’s and Don’ts for Do-Gooders

My Interdisciplinary Approach to the Economic Way of Thinking

I have a dual objective as a teacher.  First, my responsibility is to orient students to the economic way of thinking; that is, facilitate their understanding of the concepts of scarcity, competition, and opportunity cost.  These concepts, when mastered and complemented by the role of incentives, the view that a substitute exists for everything, and the idea of comparative-statics, are powerful analytical tools…Read More

How I Grade: Getting Students Ready to Compete

There is a moment in the life of undergraduate economics major when a “click” occurs and the economic way of thinking comes into focus.  A very similar phenomenon occurs in my Economic Development course when students begin to comprehend the holistic view of development from the New Institutional Economics perspective.  Once these things happen they forever influence…Read More

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