Thursday, December 29, 2011

Economists are poets too!

Dr. Darshak Patel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, had his students write some poems in the final weeks of fall classes as a stress reliever.  We will share them with you as a two part series over the coming weeks.  Enjoy!

This semester went so fast
I can't believe I had enough gas
I learned a lot about elasticity
I know that includes electricity
For the future I can graph supply and demand
I just want to go back to my homeland.
-David Nahigian

Econ, its really cool
Probably my favorite subject in school
I wake up early to draw some graphs
Thank God I made myself half and half
So now I'm ready for the day
And learn Econ the Patel way
-Ian Webster

Patel teaches economics
He teaches the best he can
Economics is boring
So I think it should be banned (no offense :))
-Lauren Marszal

You can shift it to the left
Or shift it to the right
But when studying supply and demand
Like Muhammad Ali
It will ruin your night
-Garrick Dawson

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Kassens' paper makes Top Ten list on SSRN

The Social Science Research Network describes itself as "...devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences. We have received several excellence awards for our web site."  

Simply put, it is a great medium for disseminating research before it is published.
Kassens wrote a paper describing the process she used to manage six Honors in the Major students last spring entitled "Do as I say and as I do: An application of the Mentor Demonstration Model".  The paper has moved to the Top Ten list for the number of abstract views and downloads.  This is quite an honor!

Currently, Kassens is working on framing the paper as a dialogue coauthored with three student participants (Sara Caudle, Tyler Rinko, and Justin Tuma.)  The students will add components to the paper describing how the Mentor Demonstration Model enhanced their liberal arts education.  The final product with be a joint effort by the professor and three students.

If you would like to read the abstract of the Top Ten paper or download it to read in its entirety, please go to

Sunday, December 4, 2011

ECON 122 Student Blog

Students in Kassens' ECON 122 (Principles of Macroeconomics) class are finished with their blog assignment.  Clearly these are some bright students!

The assignment was to first select an article, cartoon, etc. and summarize/critique the piece using tools from the course.  The second entry was to critique one of their peers blog entries.

Check out what they think about the US economy!  Kassens ECON 122 Blog

Monday, November 28, 2011

Dr. Kassens on News 7

Dr. Alice Louise Kassens was interviewed by News 7 today in front of West Hall to comment on consumer sentiment in VA and Black Friday sales.  This interview referred to the survey recently done by Kassens and RC IPOR which was picked up by Yahoo Finance and Market Watch among others.  Watch the interview!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Consumer Sentiment in Virginia-A joint venture

Over the summer, Dr. Wilson, a Professor in the Public Affairs Department and Director of the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research, approached me about working on a new venture: a measure of consumer sentiment in Virginia.  To our knowledge this is the first such measure for the state. I jumped at the chance.

With the assistance of my student assistant Kerry Murphy, I developed a script for the survey.  The sentiment indexes were to be constructed in a manner similar to the University of Michigan.  Additional questions were added addressing health and unemployment.  That data will be useful in my ongoing research on depression and labor market outcomes.

The IPOR calling center completed 603 surveys in 8 days.  Within a few days I got the data cleaned up, the indexes constructed, and put together a press release and frequency tables.

Dr. Wilson and Teresa Gereaux (PR) helped edit my first press release.  This is a new form of writing for me and I am lucky to have such experienced folks to help.  Laura Snyder helped create a shortened version for the PRNewswire.  Additionally, students in all four of my classes read through the release and offered their comments. So, if you see any mention of a new measure for Virginia consumer sentiment, you know that it came from Roanoke College and that many people, including students, faculty, and staff, were involved.

Go to the release:

Or, read the release here:

Friday, November 4, 2011

Roanomics, Volume 2, Issue 1

Student Editor, Sara Caudle `12, and I are pleased to present Volume 2, Issue 1 of the Roanoke College Economics Program Newsletter, Roanomics.  Enjoy!  Roanomics, Vol 2, Issue 1

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Roanomics is coming!

November 4, 2011

It is almost that time of year again.

Volume 2, Issue 1 of Roanomics is almost ready and will be released November 4, 2011.  

Many of you have already used the tabs at the top of the blog to update your contact information or take our alumni survey.  If you have not, please do so.

The newsletter goes out via email, so we need your address.  If you do not want us to share that email, there is a place for you to tell us that.

Alumni, current students are very interested in what they can do with their Economics degree.  It is always great to be able to give them examples of what our Roanoke College alumni are doing.  To that end, please use the tab at the top of the blog for the alumni survey.

Something fun going on?  Alumni, students, friends, there is a tab at the top of blog for you to tell us all about it.  Use the "What's new with you?" tab.

We look forward to hearing from all of you!  Help make this issue of Roanomics the best one yet!

Thanks from Senior Editor Alice Kassens & Student Editor Sara Caudle '12

Friday, October 7, 2011

Visiting Instructor, Shahram Amini

The Roanoke College Economics Program has three new faces amongst the faculty this year. Over the course of the coming weeks you will be introduced to each one. 

Meet Shahram Amini.

Shahram Amini is teaching two Principles of Macroeconomics courses in the Economics Program this semester, and will take on FOUR classes next semester.  All of this while he finishes his dissertation for a PhD in Economics from Virginia Tech!  He is very busy.

Shahram is no stranger to academia.  He has both a bachelors and masters degree in electrical engineering.  He has moved on to Economics, earning his masters from Virginia Tech.  He is currently finishing his dissertation for the PhD in Economics.

Shahram is a very active man who enjoys playing sports, especially tennis, and different kinds of outdoor activities including hiking and biking. Traveling is his passion.  Shahram states "I've had a nomadic life style and have traveled to many places."

We are glad that his travels took him to Roanoke College.  If you have a chance, take one of his classes.  Welcome to Roanoke College Shahram!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

November Newsletter


Next month the second issue of Roanomics will be released.  The 2011-12 Student Editor is Sara Caudle '12 who took over for Megan Rhodes '11.  Sara and Kassens are working hard on the issue and need to hear from you!

Alumni/students/friends: Please use the following form to tell us what you would like to see in the next issue of Roanomics.  For example, would you like us to poll students on a topic?  Interview someone?  Let us know! 

Don't forget to use the tabs on this blog to give us your updated information (email, employer, etc.)

Also, if you have any great Flemingisms, send them to

Friday, September 23, 2011

Presidential Debate Twitter Project

Kassens Principles of Macroeconomics and Labor Economics courses again did a Twitter Project in which they watched the Presidential Debate last night, wrote a brief from the perspective of either the RNC or DNC, then discussed their briefs in groups today in class and put a Tweet together.

Some great conversations were going and applications of class material were heard all over the classroom. 

Students in the Principles course did not like hearing the bickering going on between candidates and wished that the contenders were more specific about their plans.

Students in the Labor course wondered if reducing corporate taxes to induce job creation would actually work as it still might be cheaper to outsource jobs or substitute labor with capital (as grocery stores do with self-checkout lines.)

A great way to spend the class period on a rainy Friday.  In case you don't Tweet, below are their entries (that can be found at @roanokeecon)

Principles of Macroeconomics

Last night’s debate shows voters that republicans r ready 2 make big changes 2 tax code, gov spending, immigration, & healthcare.
Ongoing battle between Perry & Romney is only starting 2 heat up. Discussion of tax cuts 4 small business & middle class #gopdebate
#RNC see I 2 I in repealing #Obamacare, lowering taxes, cre8ing bus friendly enviro. RNC 2 adjust energy, SS, & illegal immigration plans
Same policies, different deb8. RNC plans 2 “lay back” as corps take control. Need a stable candidate who is confident in their stance #DNC
Labor Economics
Hard to believe the same corporations who moved jobs abroad will be willing to bring jobs back #realtalk #changewecabelievein
GOP candidates tossed out some ideas on fixing the economy but based on the past, we are skeptical if they will work
#RNC is united against Obama & 4 tax re4m, human capital improvement & guarding our border

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Visiting Assistant Professor, Darshak Patel

The Roanoke College Economics Program has three new faces amongst the faculty this year.  Over the course of the coming weeks you will be introduced to each one.  

Meet Darshak Patel. 

Darshak received his PhD in Economics from the University of Kentucky (just like Garry Fleming) and joined the Roanoke College Economics Program as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics for 2011-12.

Darshak has an incredible story.  His parents moved to Kenya in 1978.  He and his brother were born in Nairobi, and lived in Kenya through high school (British school system).  Darshak has already shared great stories about monkeys taking his cell-phone, running up a tree, and only dropping the phone when someone else called the phone.  The ring startled the monkey, and he tossed it out of the tree.  (Unfortunately, Darshak and his friends were not so lucky about their wallets.)

Apart from Economics, Darshak has a tremendous passion for soccer.  He is a big fan of the Arsenal Football Club, a team based in the English Premier League. His hobbies include playing soccer, cricket, snooker and occasionally a round or two of golf. Darshak also loves cooking and trying different types of meals. His most exotic meals include eating a wide range of game meat in Kenya -giraffe, zebra, antelopes and many others. Darshak’s favorite vacation spot is Maasai Mara in Kenya. It is a safari destination where you can stay at a lodge or a camp site and at certain times go look for animals in the wild.

Darshak’s current research focuses on how individual, personal, social and institutional factors affect the time it takes for students to transfer from two to four-year colleges, to dropout, and to graduate from a post-secondary institution. Other research areas include patents and innovations.

Darshak is teaching three sections of Principles of Microeconomics this semester.  Join us in welcoming him to the team!

Friday, September 9, 2011

American Jobs Act Twitter Project

Students enrolled in Dr. Alice Louise Kassens ECON 122 (Principles of Macroeconomics) and ECON 267 (Labor Economics) were given an assignment based upon President Obama's September 8 Job's Speech in which he described his American Jobs Act.

Students were required to watch the speech and write a 400-word brief from the perspective of either the Republican or Democrat leadership (students' choice).  They brought these briefs to class on September 9 and got into small groups of students writing from the same perspective.  In their group, they shared the contents of their brief and put together a Tweet (147 characters) that the Republicans or Democrats might write.

The purpose of the assignment was to keep students aware of current issues in America and link material learned in class to the world around them.

The students in both courses were fairly evenly split between writing from the RNC or DNC perspective.  The classroom was abuzz as they shared their thoughts and summarized them into a Tweet.

Collectively there were 8 Tweets, 4 from each course.  Those Tweets are being released today on the Roanoke College Economics Program Twitter account.  In case you don't Tweet, they can be seen below.

ECON 122 (Principles of Macroeconomics)
#americanjobsact is our key to the future.  “Made in America” is our American dream.  Put America on top!

Pass this job bill now!” Heard that 20 times.  RNC urged to pass the bill without any idea of how to fund it #americanjobsact

Obama plans to stimulate with New Deal-esque plan, tax reform and spending cuts.  Business and personal tax cuts will encourage hiring and spending

The President’s plan has already been attempted and failed.  This proposal adds more debt to nation and puts a burden on tax payers.  Government spending is the last thing we need

ECON 267 Labor Economics

We’re bringing jobs back to Americans through spending on infrastructure and public schools.  Hopefully this is the boost the economy needs!

Let’s end this political circus & put our parties aside, reform taxes, increase our foreign exports, and rebuild America while rebuilding American lives

AJA is self-defeating.  What makes this different from Stimulus 1?  Why increase our debt when you could lower the deficit?

Hopefully the DNC & RNC can come together to pass the Jobs Act to boost the economy through education, infrastructure, & incentives for small businesses & the middle class

What would you Tweet?  Share with us!  Add your Tweet to the comment section below.

The Tweets do not reflect the opinion of Roanoke College, the Economics Program, or Dr. Alice Louise Kassens.  Additionally, they do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the students as they were not required to choose the perspective that they personally believe in.  This project was adopted from William M Rodgers of Rutgers University and modified for Roanoke College courses.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Visiting Assistant Professor, Deborah Spencer

The Roanoke College Economics Program has three new faces amongst the faculty this year.  Over the course of the coming weeks you will be introduced to each one. 

First, we would like to introduce Deborah Spencer. Deborah received her doctorate in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and served on the Economics faculty at SUNY Cortland for eight years before relocating to the New River Valley with her family.  She is a native of Roanoke. 

During her time away from the classroom, Deborah managed (with partners) a commercial property interest in Hillsville, Virginia and has worked in retail management at Wachovia (now Wells Fargo).  She has maintained a long-term relationship with the Peacework Development Fund in Blacksburg and is passionate about global experiential learning. 

Deborah is thrilled to be returning to the classroom and the college campus where she feels most productive and most at home.  This semester Deborah is teaching Principles of Microeconomics and Money & Banking.

Join us in welcoming Deborah to the team!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Undergraduate Work-Study Research Assistant Position

Dr. Kassens ( is looking for one work-study student to fill a position as a Research Assistant.  The position is paid and the selected student will assist Dr. Kassens in her ongoing project analyzing the relationship between clinical depression and labor market outcomes.  For more information about the position go to

If you would like to be considered for the position, please contact Dr. Kassens by Monday September 12.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Fleming is now a grandfather!

Emily Josephine Ono was born June 11 5:02pm. Emily is the daughter of Mandy, Garry and Sue Fleming's daughter (and RC alum). Sue Fleming writes that all is well. Please congratulate the Flemings when you see them. We cannot believe that Garry is a grandfather!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Congrats to Econ Minor Justin Tuma: ODAC POY

Congratulating Econ Minor and senior Men's Lax star Justin Tuma for being selected as the 2011 ODAC POY.


Monday, April 18, 2011

MAROONS IN ACTION: Brent Cox at the Alpha Chi National Convention - P...

MAROONS IN ACTION: Brent Cox at the Alpha Chi National Convention - P...: "Dr. Julie Maina took the following picture of Brent Cox during his presentation in San Diego. Great job again to you Brent!"

Monday, April 4, 2011

Kassens awarded the 2011 Mednick Memorial Fellowship Research Award

Alice Louise Kassens, Associate Professor of Economics, was awarded the 2011 Mednick Memorial Fellowship Research Award for her project regarding clinical depression and labor market outcomes.  Kassens is co-authoring the paper with Dr. William M. Rodgers III (Rutgers University).  The award will assist travel to the RDC at SUNY-Baruch College (NYC) during Kassens sabbatical (Spring 2012).

Fourteen Mednick Awards were made to faculty from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges for 2011, including Washington and Lee University, Hampton-Sydney College, and Randolph College.  Awards are for any discipline.  This year awards went to faculty in the Natural Sciences, History, and English.  Kassens earned the only economics award.

Learn more about the award at

MAROONS IN ACTION: Brent Cox at the Alpha Chi National Convention

MAROONS IN ACTION: Brent Cox at the Alpha Chi National Convention: "Brent Cox had a exciting weekend presenting in San Diego. Below he shares his experience. Congrats Brent! He promises that..."

Thursday, March 31, 2011

MAROONS IN ACTION: Peer review of drafts

MAROONS IN ACTION: Peer review of drafts: "March 31 - Peer review of drafts The semester is rapidly coming to a close and the defense of each Honors in the Major project will take pla..."

MAROONS IN ACTION: Journal submissions

MAROONS IN ACTION: Journal submissions: "March 22 - Journal Submissions It is my hope that many of the student researchers in our group will eventually submit their paper for public..."

MAROONS IN ACTION: Presentations

MAROONS IN ACTION: Presentations: "March 15 The topic for today was the presentation. Not only are each of the student researchers presenting in their defense at the en..."

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Roanoke College Economics Professor Wins the 2011 Quintiles Marathon

Alice Louise Kassens (Associate Professor of Economics, Roanoke College) was the top female finisher in the 2011 Quintiles Marathon at Wrightsville Beach on March 20 in a time of 2:59:04.  Read the article and watch the finishing video below.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Roanoke College one of Princeton Review's Best Colleges of 2012!

Yesterday President Maxey broke the great news to the College that we were one of the Princeton Review's Best Colleges of 2012.  This is a first for Roanoke College. 

One of Princeton Review's Best Colleges 2012

Roanoke College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.

SALEM, Va. -Roanoke College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review, the widely-known education services company. The Princeton Review has chosen Roanoke for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of its popular guidebook, “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition” (Random House/Princeton Review Books) which will be available in bookstores in early August.

“Only about 15 percent of the colleges in the nation are in this book, and they vary considerably by region, size, selectivity and character,” Robert Franek, senior VP/Publishing said. “Each one is an outstanding institution we highly recommend to college applicants and their parents. In our opinion, these are ‘the crème of the crop’ institutions for undergraduates in America.”

Franek said Roanoke College was chosen as one of The Princeton Review’s best undergraduate colleges based on several criteria: First, Princeton Review must have high regard for the college’s academic programs and other offerings. Second, selections take into account institutional data collected from the schools and the opinions of their students.

“We also greatly value feedback we get about the schools from college-savvy staff across the country as well as from students, educators and parents who use our services and books,” Franek said.

“Roanoke College is clearly on the rise,” Roanoke President Michael Maxey said. “Princeton Review is a wonderful resource for students and parents engaged in the college search. We are pleased to be recognized by them and hope more students will learn about Roanoke’s innovative curriculum and award winning student programs through this book.”
Roanoke has recently launched a new general education curriculum, which eliminates the ordinary introductory courses that most colleges use as their core in favor of new topic-based courses that put the classic liberal arts skills into real-world context. This innovative approach to general education is attracting attention across the country. The Intellectual Inquiry curriculum was featured in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Liberal Education magazine in fall 2010.
The Princeton Review's annual "Best Colleges" guide will feature a two -page profile on Roanoke. The guidebook also contains ranking lists of "top 20 schools" in 62 categories. The ranking lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of more than 122,000 students at the 376 schools in the book who rate their own schools and report on their experiences at them. Information about the book, its rankings and ratings can be found at
Released: March 15, 2011
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

MAROONS IN ACTION: March 3 - Abstracts

MAROONS IN ACTION: March 3 - Abstracts: "With the abstract submission deadline for the Roanoke College Conference for Student Research and Creativity (RCCSRC) approaching quickly, d..."

Monday, March 7, 2011

Economics Program Newsletter, Roanomics, coming soon

The final edits are underway and the email list is being proofed!  If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the first issue of the RC Economics Program Newsletter, Roanomics, please fill out your contact information.  Your information can be entered via the link on our blog.  We plan to send out Roanomics next week.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Older Americans and the Great Recession

A very interesting brief on the effect of the Great Recession on older Americans with regards to long-term unemployment.  This was produced by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

Tyler Rinko to present his ECON 448 paper at a national conference

Tyler Rinko '11

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Economics Major, Tyler Rinko, in the news

The following was just released to news organizations throughout the region.

DATE: March 1, 2011 #55
RELEASE: Immediately

Roanoke College student to present paper at national research conference
SALEM, Va. — Tyler Rinko ’11, of Maple Glen, Pa., has been chosen to present a paper at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Ithaca College this spring. The abstract for his economics paper, "The European Debt Crisis and How It Has Influenced U.S. Real Exchange Rates," was chosen from 3,500 submissions. 

Rinko, an economics major, will present his work to students, faculty and staff from around the world. The NCUR promotes undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study, and the conference welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all academic disciplines. 
Rinko developed his paper for an upper-level econometrics course taught by Associate Professor Dr. Alice Kassens. He currently is expanding his paper for his spring semester honors project by looking at the policies recently implemented by the European Union. He is one of seven students working with Kassens in a mentor demonstration model, a method in which Kassens works on her own research side-by-side with the students as she teaches them advanced research concepts.

“I was very surprised to be accepted for the conference,” said Rinko. “Dr. Kassens did a great job in preparing me for my research.” Kassens taught Rinko how to use specialized statistical software in order to analyze his data.

Kassens said, “The economics program has had students present at on-campus and regional conferences, but never at a national level conference like NCUR. I am so very proud of Tyler. He has grown as a student and a scholar in his tenure at Roanoke College, and this honor is a fantastic reward for that growth, dedication and hard work. I hope students coming into Econometrics next year see what hard work can bring.”

In addition to independent study and honors projects such as Rinko’s, Roanoke offers many other undergraduate research opportunities. Students may apply to the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program, where participants work with faculty mentors on an ongoing project throughout their undergraduate years, or to the Summer Scholar program, where students are awarded housing and stipends for summer research work. The Bondurant Fund underwrites undergraduate summer research in chemistry, and students involved with the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research help administer public affairs polling and survey research.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.”
For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Health care sector jobs in NJ

The John J. Heldrich Center at Rutgers University released the following news item today.  I thought that it might be useful for our students studying Health Economics.

A New Resource for Health Care Students and Job Seekers is a product of the Central New Jersey Health Care Talent Network (CNJHCTN), a group of individuals representing employers, education, and nonprofit health care organizations in the central New Jersey region (Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, and Union counties). The Web site is dedicated to raising awareness about the array of entry points into the health care industry and the education and training required by many careers in health care in the central New Jersey region. The focus of the Web site is to provide the most up-to-date, cutting-edge labor market information on 33 specific occupations in 11 job categories in health care that have been vetted and validated by employers themselves. The site includes descriptions of job requirements, employment information, and salary ranges of the occupations, as well as videos of workers in different health care occupations to provide a realistic perspective on what it’s really like to work in a health care job. is not intended to be a comprehensive, final resource for students and job seekers interested in a career in health care. Instead, the purpose of the Web site, and of the CNJHCTN, is to provide actionable information on a selection of health care occupations so that users can make informed and knowledgeable education and training decisions.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

MAROONS IN ACTION: Peer review and prospectuses

MAROONS IN ACTION: Peer review and prospectuses: "Today everyone brought a draft of their prospectus and I brought in the evaluation forms I use on the prospectuses in ECON 448 (Econometrics..."

Sunday, February 20, 2011

MAROONS IN ACTION: Student help with a grant application

MAROONS IN ACTION: Student help with a grant application: "Dr. William M. Rodgers III (Rutgers University) and I are working on a project concerning the effects of clinical depression on labor market..."

Monday, February 14, 2011

Academic Honor Roll for RC Athletes in ECON

Several of our ECON majors and minors are also members of Roanoke College athletic teams. Some of them were recognized by the College as being true scholar-athletes by naming them to the Academic Honor Roll. This distinction requires at least a 3.0 for the semester. Those ECON majors and minors earning this distinction for the fall 2010 semester are:

Sara Caudle (Softball)
Kyle Hagens (Lacrosse)
James (Jimmy) McNeely (Lacrosse)
Justin Tuma (Lacrosse)

Congratulations scholar-athletes!
Justin Tuma-Lacrosse

Jimmy McNeely-Lacrosse

Sara Caudle-Softball

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

MAROONS IN ACTION: Great couple of weeks

MAROONS IN ACTION: Great couple of weeks: "The Mentor Demonstration/URE @ RC continues to make progress. Below is a brief overview of our past few meetings: 1/27/2011 The topic..."

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Job Candidate #1

The RC Economics Program is currently conducting a job search for two Visiting Assistant Professors of Economics.  In the 2011-12 AY both Dr. Kassens and Dr. Nik-Khah will be on sabbatical, and there is a need to fill their classes (but not them...they are irreplaceable of course.)

We posted our job ad on JOE in November and received over 150 applications. 

The four economists met in December to review the applications and developed a list of our top choices.  From there, Dr. Garry Fleming called those attending the January AEA Meeting in Denver to set up interviews.  Dr. Fleming and Dr. Nik-Khah conducted over 10 interviews in Denver.

Fleming and Nik-Khah came away from the meetings with a better feel for the applicant pool and their potential fit for RC and our needs (largely principles).  Dr. Fleming extended a few on-campus interview invitations after approval from our Department Chair (McCart) and Dean (Smith).

The first of our on-campus interviews took place on Monday.  Miao Chi visited RC from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.  Rollins is similar to RC in that it is a small liberal arts college.  Currently Miao Chi is a Visiting Instructor of Economics teaching several courses, including principles.  Chi  did her PhD work in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Her specializations include labor and demographic economics, applied microeconomics, immigration economics, applied econometrics. 

Miao's day started with breakfast with Nik-Khah. (Who could ask for more? That might have sealed the deal right then and there!)  Chi then met with several faculty members (McCart, Velazquez) and the big cheeses across campus including the Dean.  After a short lunch break Miao visited with Kassens, Lynch, and Hutkin.  At 2:15 she delivered a fantastic presentation on economic growth in China (she is from Beijing) in Fleming's Money and Banking class.  Her last stop for the day was dinner at Mac and Bob's with Drs. Lyon, Fleming, and Kassens where Fleming shared his secrets of the 4-hour body (not kidding...ask him about it!)

Stay tuned for updates on our other candidates and the final decision!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


MAROONS IN ACTION: First day: "I (Dr. Alice Louise Kassens) am working with 6 undergraduate students at Roanoke College on their research projects. Some are for Hono..."