In recent years I have taught graduate-level courses in our department in international trade, international finance and economic development, while at the undergraduate level I have taught a number of courses in international economics, economic development and introductory economics as well as our senior honors seminar. The University community has recognized my teaching with a number of awards, including the Undergraduate Teaching Award from Economics students in 1993, 1995 and 1998, the Park Graduate Teaching Award in 2003 and 2005, and the William A. Friday/Class of 1986 Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001. This latter award is given to one faculty member at the university each year. I was also awarded a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professorship in 2007 by UNC in recognition of my teaching and research success.
In recent years I have developed a number of new courses for our undergraduates. One, entitled The Economics of North Carolina, is taught as a First-Year Seminar. Another, entitled International Economics from a Transactions Perspective, is designed to serve students in our International Studies major. Other such courses are on their way, including one that teaches the principles of economics based upon examples from transition economies.
The following course Web sites provide the background materials and structure used in many of my undergraduate courses.
One common theme found in most of my instruction has been the use of active learning and case method techniques for teaching economics. I have given seminars and workshops on this for the American Economic Association, the World Bank, and individual universities. My views on the importance of these techniques were recently reported in ECCHO, the newsletter of the European Case Clearing House, in the Spring 2001 and Autumn 2001 editions.
I have created a web library of cases that I have used in the classroom, and you are welcome to examine these.
Our department has also developed a training program for our graduate students to prepare them for their first experiences in the classroom. For the years 2000-2002, 2007-2008 and 2010-2011 I served as the instructor in that Teacher Training Program within the Economics Department at UNC.