Message from the Chair


Martin_Wade_2011_webHello Friends of the Economics Department:

Another year full of “challenges and opportunities” has passed since the last newsletter! This past year has provided the department with the challenge of replacing Karen Fawson, as she announced her retirement from the University after 42 years, the last 19 with the Economics Department. Karen was an invaluable resource to the department, as her understanding of the university was critical to getting things done. She will be greatly missed for all her contributions. Fortunately, the department was provided the opportunity to fill the position, and Cerise Dragicevich joined us in December. Cerise previously worked in the languages department, and we are very pleased she accepted our offer. Cerise and Diane Stein make an excellent team in the office!

The department also has the challenge of preparing for an external review of our degree programs. However, this challenge has provided us with the opportunity to examine our programs and to make changes where necessary to strengthen our offerings. For example, the department is analyzing the possibility of offering a five-year B.A./M.A. option for our students. This program will allow a student to complete both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees within five years.

Another opportunity that we are exploring is introducing an option for a B.A. degree in political economy. Many students are interested in better understanding the links between economic and political institutions. As always, our primary objective is to provide students with the foundation to succeed in whatever career opportunities they pursue.

There are also the usual challenges and opportunities that exist in any academic setting. We will miss the contributions provided by two faculty members, professors Kristen Monaco and Andrew Ojede, who have left our department to pursue other career paths. We wish them the best and all the success possible in their future endeavors. However, this provides us with the opportunity to bring in new faculty who can contribute fresh perspectives and help define our path ahead.

As we look forward to the coming year, we will continue to take advantage of the opportunities that exist and to strengthen the department for the future. The donations from our friends and alumni are important to our success. We are grateful for all the support received over the year, and we will continue to dedicate ourselves to educating a new generation of economists who will carry on the tradition of our successful alumni.

Please be sure to let us know what you are doing and where you are living by entering your information on our Submissions form. We are developing a link on our Web page that will help identify where our alumni are located and the exciting activities and careers they are pursuing!

We definitely want to hear from you!

Wade E. Martin,
Department of Economics