Dennis Miller - Economics
B.A. Heidelberg College
M.A. Economics, University of Colorado (Boulder)
Ph.D. Economics, University of Colorado (Boulder)
Honorary Ph.D., Ternopil Academy of National Economy (now the Ternopil National University of Economics), Ternopil, Ukraine
Environmental/Natural Resource Economics, Economic Development
Visiting Professor or Scholar: Ternopil Academcy of National Economy, Ternopil, Ukraine; URACCAN (University of the Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua), Bluefields, Nicaragua; Mithibai College of the University of Bombay, India; The American University in Cairo, Egypt; Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Two Fulbright Teaching Scholarships to Ukraine; articles for Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Times, etc. on economic development and Middle Eastern economies.
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
College is a unique experience to each and every student. Therefore, I strive to be understanding, responsive and adaptable to their various learning styles as they try to master the content of the courses that I instruct.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
I've always had a strong attraction towards life long learning and am eager to share that attraction with students who are similarly attracted to learning.
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
In basic courses, Microeconomic Principles and Elements of Statistics, I allow them to select articles to review and regression papers to develop respectively. In higher level courses, such as Environmental Economics, the Economics of Developing Countries, or Labor Economics, I encourage them to choose topics to write about or select books to review, depending upon their own interest and curiosity. I also encourage them to seek out opportunities to study abroad and learn new languages.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
I can not imagine not teaching. Were I not teaching, I would probably be doing research, writing, or traveling, in the areas and locations that interest me. I'm sure what ever I would be doing would be closely related to my interest in life long learning.
What do students like best about your class?:
Depends on their interests and personalities. I've had students from twenty years ago who still remember some of the examples I used to illustrate principles or to make particular points in class. Some students have liked the personal anecdotes or stories from my past experience in environmental economics or economic development I often use these to illustrate various facts, concepts, or principles. These experiences come from earlier work in stream pollution control or from living, teaching and studying in several low income countries.