David Aske, Ph.D. - University of Northern Colorado
David Aske earned a B.S. degree in Economics and Political Science with an emphasis in international relations from Mankato State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests include economics of religion, economic education, and economic history of the United States. Dr. Aske holds a joint appointment in the Economics department and the Social Science program (where he is currently acting as the program coordinator). For the Economics department, he teaches courses in microeconomic theory, economics of religion, economic history, and industrial organization. In the Social Science program he teaches the Social Studies Senior Seminar and advises prospective secondary social studies teachers. David is the Director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Northern Colorado.
John Brock, Ph.D. - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
John Brock is Director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and Vice President of J.V. Bruni & Company, an investment adviser firm. He holds an undergraduate degree from the United States Air Force Academy, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in Economics from Cornell University. He has over 35 years teaching at the University of Colorado and the Air Force Academy, and as the Director of the Center for Economic Education, he creates, coordinates, and teaches economics and financial literacy workshops for social studies teachers throughout the state of Colorado. As co-founder of the Global Economic Education Alliance, he has conducted seminars and workshops in 14 emerging economies to train educators in market-based economics and to help them implement innovative methods for classroom instruction. He was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award at the Air Force Academy in 1985 and the Outstanding Instructor Award at the University of Colorado in 2002.
Dale DeBoer, Ph.D. - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Dr. Dale DeBoer is an Associate Professor of Economics and the Chairperson of the Department of Economics at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS). He received his B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Washington, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Davis. He is the recipient UC-Davis Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (1991), the Teaching Award for Outstanding Graduate Students (1991), the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award (1997), and the UCCS Outstanding Teaching Award (1999). His current research focuses on the reform of social welfare policies in the United States, models of domestic inequality dynamics, and financial implications of inheritance tax reform. Beyond this, he serves as an active consultant in the hedge fund industry.
Juan Dempere, Ph.D. - Argosy University, Colorado Heights University, and Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Juan M. Dempere has taught finance for more than 10 years. Currently, he is a faculty member at Argosy University, Colorado Heights University, and Colorado School of Mines. He teaches business-related courses in these institutions at both graduate and undergraduate level. His research interests include Initial Public Offerings, banking, corporate governance, leveraged buyouts, and the effects of financial regulations. He has published in several journals including the Review of Business; the Journal of Global Business and Technology; the International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance; the Journal of World Economic Review, etc.
Dan Driscoll - University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Dan Driscoll received a BS in Physics from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and an MA in Economics from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. He served over 26 years in the United States Air Force, as a reconnaissance navigator/electronic warfare officer and as an economics instructor. He taught as an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy from 2005-2015 and is currently a full-time Instructor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. With over twelve years of teaching, he has primarily taught introductory economics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, managerial economics and regional economies of Asia. Dan has volunteered as a youth coach and in District 20 schools as an instructor/mentor with chess club, Lego robotics, and Junior Achievement.
Dana Hoag, Ph.D. - Colorado State University
Dana is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. Dr. Hoag specializes in the economics of issues related to conflicts between public and private interests in agricultural production. He has worked on ecosystem services, wildlife damage to private lands in Colorado, Elk and Bison feeding programs in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the impact of climate change on pastoralists in Africa, and is a leading scholar in soil and water conservation economics and policy. Dr. Hoag has published five books and over 250 journal articles and research publications. He has presented his research to farmers and ranchers, industry, and multiple government agencies including the US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Agency for International Development and Congress. His work has taken him to Bolivia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, China, Europe, and more.
Jay Kaplan, PhD - University of Colorado Boulder
Jay Kaplan, PhD - University of Colorado Boulder
Jay Kaplan received his B.S. degree from the University of Maryland. He spent some years working in Washington DC as a programmer for a consulting firm and the Federal Reserve Board. Over time, Jay migrated to Colorado where he started graduate school at the University of Colorado, Boulder. During this time, Jay spent several years working at the State Capitol in Denver as an economic forecaster for the Governor and his staff. Mr. Kaplan eventually received his Ph.D. in Economics. After graduation, he was asked to teach for the Department of Economics in Boulder and to start an internship program for undergraduate students majoring in Economics. Jay has been teaching in Boulder since 1991 and has received several teaching awards over the years. He has taught classes ranging in size from 20 to 500 students. Mr. Kaplan continues to be active in the field of online education. When Netscape 1.0 was released in late 1994, Jay combined his programming skills with economics and developed some of the first Web-based online courses for college credit.
Farida Khan. PhD - University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Dr. Farida Chowdhury Khan has a B.B.A in Economics from Georgia College and State University, an M.S in Economic Policy and Planning from Northeastern University, and a PhD. in Economics from University of Maryland. Her research background is in International trade policy, numerical general equilibrium models, and she works on economic development in South Asia, primarily on Bangladesh. She has written on topics related to capital goods, micro-credit, gender, and more recently environmental issues as they connect to indigenous peoples in India and Bangladesh. Her writing also includes topics on the US economy.
Mike Lucchesi - University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Mike Lucchesi received a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and an MA in Economics from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Winner of the 1988 Academy Educator Award, he served over 29 years in the United States Air Force, as a pilot and as an economics instructor. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Senior Instructor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. In over 27 years of teaching he has primarily taught microeconomics, macroeconomics, money and banking, managerial economics and financial markets, and has given numerous presentations on behavioral economics. Mike was one of sixteen professors competitively selected from across the U.S. to participate in the 2010 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program in China. He is the Associate Director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Neal Rappaport, Ph.D. - Colorado College
Neal Rappaport earned his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a retired Air Force Colonel who served as an Associate Professor of Economics and Department Head of the Department of Economics and Geosciences at the United States Air Force Academy. Neal has been a Visiting Professor of Economics at Colorado College since 2013. His extensive teaching experience includes courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Finance, International Economics, Economics of Asia, Operations Research, and Financial Accounting. In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Rappaport has extensive practical economic experience. He has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan dealing with economic development issues. He has consulted on such projects as redeveloping Baghdad’s “Green Zone,” and on creating alternative livelihoods for opium growers in rural Afghanistan. He also spent several months working as the Senior Economist for International Trade on former President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he worked on a variety of bilateral and multilateral issues and negotiations.
Katie Sauer, PhD - National Endowment for Financial Education
Katie Sauer, Ph.D. - National Endowment for Financial Education
As senior director of education, research and strategic impact for the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) Sauer’s responsibilities include philanthropic, research, evaluation and technology engagement of the collegiate and adult consumer education initiatives of the foundation. Sauer brings over a decade of expert economic literacy experience from teaching, conducting and overseeing research, developing and implementing projects, and managing programs. Prior to joining NEFE, Sauer was vice president at an investment consulting firm where she specialized in retirement plans. Before that, she served three years on a human resources leadership team with the University of Colorado System Administration Office where she worked on special projects in employee engagement and education. She has held faculty positions at the University of Southern Indiana and Metropolitan State University of Denver and was co-director of the Center for Economic Education at the later. Additionally, Sauer has consulted for the U.S. Department of Commerce and provided faculty development training at Eurasia University in Xi’an, China.
Mark Smith, PhD - Colorado College
Mark Smith, PhD - Colorado College
Mark Griffin Smith is the John Lord Knight Professor of Economics in the Economics and Business Department at Colorado College. Mark came to Colorado College in 1988 to explore the dynamic world of western water resources through exploiting the block plan’s capacity for field trips. His courses in natural resource and environmental economics explore issues ranging from Glen Canyon Dam to Native American water rights to national climate policy in Washington, D.C. to California’s AB32. He has also taken students to both England and Nepal. In the fall of 2017 he took 16 students to Bonn, Germany -for COP-23. From 1994 to 1996 he was project manager and research scholar with the Water Resources Project at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. In 2009 he was a Fulbright-Schuman European Affairs Scholar engaged in research on the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) for control of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. He holds an A.B. in economics from Harvard; an M.S. in water resource systems from Duke and a Ph.D.in economics also from Duke.
Teresa Yohon, Ph.D. - Colorado Department of Education
Teresa Yohon is currently the Education and Instructional Technology Specialist at the Colorado Department of Education. She has also been a research scientist and Instructor at Colorado State University in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication. She earned her Ph.D. in Community and Human Resources and Vocational Education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She helped develop the standards for Business Education and Marketing for the Colorado Community College System. Teresa also supervised the development of online lesson plans and the resource web site that support these new standards. She was a member of the Colorado Economics Standards sub-committee that revised the economic standards for the state (December, 2009). Teresa lives in Fort Collins.
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