Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Economics Position, Fall 2016

The Department of Economics and Business invites applications for a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor for one year position beginning fall 2016. The position can be extended for one more year but subject to budget approval. We are looking for candidates with teaching experience in principles of economics and applied courses that would be of interest to both our economics and business majors. Prior teaching experience is highly desirable. Normal teaching load is two courses each quarter, with three quarters/year.  PhD preferred; advanced ABDs considered.  Candidates must demonstrate a genuine desire to teach and participate fully in a liberal arts environment that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction. 

Review of applications will begin now with applications reviewed as needed until the position is filled.   A cover letter, curriculum vita, statement of teaching philosophy, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial acceptable), and three letters of recommendation to Professor Ahmed Hussen, Chair, Department of Economics, Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI  49006, should be submitted to Amy Leu (Amy.Lue@kzoo.edu)   For more information visit http://www.kzoo.edu/.  Kalamazoo College encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the College to apply and to identify themselves if they wish.  An equal opportunity employer.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Preview of 2016-2017 classes

Here's a preview of our planned schedule for next year.  We will probably make some changes, so no guarantees, but this reflects our current plans.

101 Principles Fall, Winter, Spring
150 Accounting Fall, Spring
160 Statistics Fall, Winter
205 Management Winter
215 Managerial Accounting Winter
220 Marketing Fall, Spring
225 Development Spring
235 Environmental Fall
245 Money & Banking Winter
250 Int’l Marketing Fall
265 Urban Winter
275 Industrial Organization Spring
280 Law & Economics Winter
305 Micro Fall, Winter, Spring
306 Macro Fall, Winter, Spring
340 Ad & Promotion Spring
350 Corporate Finance Fall
355 Investments Spring
360 Econometrics Spring
415 Public Fall
405 Int’l Trade Winter
480 Financial Statement Analysis Winter
485 Strategic Marketing Management Winter
490 Selected Topics (2 sections) Spring

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tentative schedule for 2013-14

Our department's revised course offerings for next year are listed below.  These could change again but they are the best current estimate of next year's schedule. [Updated April 24]

Fall 2013
101    Principles of Economics
150    Principles of Accounting
160    Business Statistics
220    Principles of Marketing
235    Environmental and Resource Econ
2xx    Global Consumer Marketing
306    Intermediate Macroeconomics
350    Corporate Finance
415    Public Finance

Winter 2014
101     Principles of Economics
155     Mathematical Economics
160    Business Statistics
205    Principles of Management
215    Managerial Accounting
245    Money and Banking
280    Law and Economics
2xx     Macro Policy Topics   
305    Intermediate Microeconomics
370     Negotiation and Persuasion
405     International Trade
480    Financial Statement Analysis
4xx    Strategic Marketing Management

Spring 2014
101        Principles of Economics
150        Principles of Accounting
225        Economic Development and Growth
220        Principles of Marketing
240        Economics for Global Travelers (Sophomore Seminar)
280        Industrial Organization and Public Policy
305        Intermediate Microeconomics
306        Intermediate Macroeconomics
340        Advertising and Promotion
355        Investments
360        Econometrics
365        Multinational Finance
490        Corp. Enviro. Sustainability
490        Financial Crisis

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Graduate School discussion

Scott Loveridge will present the essentials of graduate school this Friday (October 19) at 2:40 in Dewing 103. Scott is a professor in MSU's department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics and director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. He graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1980.  Many recent K alums have benefited from his advice.

Topics for his session include:
Broad trends in grad education
Why grad school?
How to find a program
Academic vs. professional advanced degrees
Basics of standardized tests for grad school in the social sciences
How admissions committees look at standardized test scores (not as straightforward as you might think)
Pros and cons of “taking a break” from your education
Funding sources
Finding an advisor & advisor relationships
Application best practices & common mistakes
How to structure a visit to programs of interest
Best practices after you are admitted

More information on Scott Loveridge, see his MSU webpage.

He and other alums plan to participate in the CCPD's PDI Networking Reception later that afternoon.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Value of a college education

About a hundred years ago, a professor of moral philosophy at Oxford, John Alexander Smith, got to the nub of the matter.  "Gentlemen," he said to the incoming class (the students were all men in those days), "Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life-- save only this-- that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education."  Americans tend to prefer a two-syllable synonym, bullshit, for the one-syllable Anglicism rot-- and so we might say that the most important thing one can acquire in college is a well-functioning bullshit meter.
Andrew Delbanco
College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be

page 29

Monday, October 8, 2012

Winter Schedule 2013

Our updated plans for Winter:

101 Principles of Economics
150 Principles of Accounting
160 Business Statistics
205 Principles of Management
215 Managerial Accounting
295 Topics: Fiscal and Monetary Policy in Time of Crisis
295 Topics: International Trade
305 Intermediate Microeconomics
3XX Advertising and Promotion
355 Investments
490 Senior Seminar: Innovation

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Economics Faculty Position

The Department of Economics and Business at Kalamazoo College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Economics, with preferred areas of research and teaching in macroeconomics and monetary economics or a closely related field. Specific teaching contributions will include principles of economics; intermediate macroeconomic theory; money & banking and financial services or other related topics, such as monetary economics, financial economics or investments; as well as contributions to departmental offerings in mathematical and quantitative methods. Moreover, the candidate should exhibit flexibility and capacity for shaping courses around her/his areas of specialization that would serve the College's Shared Passages Seminar program (i.e., first year, sophomore, or senior seminars).

See the full position description at https://www.kzoo.edu/economics/search/