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!