Admission, Costs, and General Information

Admission decisions are made at the College level, rather than the Departmental level. The Albion College Web site has information about international admissions. We are academically selective, drawing mainly from the top quarter of high school graduates.

The Albion Web site also has information about financial aid for international students as well as costs. Academically strong international students can receive generous scholarships of up to 50 percent of the cost of tuition, room, and board. Nevertheless, international students should be aware that college or university education is much more expensive in the U.S. than it is in many other countries.

Albion College is located in Michigan, a state in the northern U.S. Our campus is in the City of Albion, a small town about 150 km west of Detroit and 300 km east of Chicago. Albion College is about an hour's drive from two very large universities with many international students: the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

Scholarships and Awards

For Economics and Management Majors

Scholarships

Robert B. Hetler/PriceWaterhouseCoopers Accounting Scholarships

The recipient will be an Economics and Management major interested in pursuing a career in public accounting. The student must have at least a 3.2 grade point average in Economics and Management and a 3.0 GPA overall. The student must display leadership and service on campus and/or in community activities. Preference will be given to multicultural students. Applicants apply in the spring as a sophomore or junior for their junior or senior year. The scholarship will be used to offset tuition for the following semester and/or room and board.

Tim Cash/Ernst & Young Public Accounting Scholarships

The recipient will be an Economics and Management major of junior standing. Applicants apply in the spring as a sophomore for their junior year. The scholarship will be used to offset the tuition for the following semester and/or room and board.

Gaylord Smith Award for Scholarship in Accounting

The recipient will be and Economics and Management major with an accounting focus.  The recipeint(s) of the scholarship shall maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4 point scale.  In addition the recipient(s) must be involved or have been involved in community outreach and volunteerism during their time at Albion College.

E. Scott Cracraft Scholarship for Excellence in Accounting

The recipient will be an Economics and Management major with Accounting Emphasis (enough to sit for CPA exam upon graduation). The student must have a minimum major grade point average of 3.2 with a cumulative of 3.0 overall at the end of the junior year. Applicants apply in the spring as a junior for their senior year. The scholarship will be used to offset the tuition for the following semester and/or room and board.

Awards

Outstanding Economics and Management Major Award and Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key

These are given to the graduating senior in Economics and Management with the highest grade point average.

Maurice L. Branch Award

The award recognizes research or scholarship by a graduating senior in Economics and Management.

E. Maynard Aris Award

The award honors excellent academic performance by a graduating senior in Economics and Management.

Walter A. Terpenning Award

The award recognizes scholarship and service by a graduating senior in Economics and Management.

Alumni Update Form

Have you started a new job? Moved to a new city? Going to grad school?

We love to hear from E&M alumni! Let us know what you're up to using the form below.

Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
  

A Special Panel Discussion at Albion College

Challenges and Emerging Issues in Financial Regulation and Reporting:
A Global Perspective

The last two chairmen of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and a current FASB senior advisor (two of whom are Albion alumni) bring a wealth of industry expertise and leadership to Albion College's Science Complex Atrium for a unique panel discussion on Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Areas of Emphasis

Department of Economics and Management

Economics

We offer courses in major fields of economics (microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, monetary and financial economics, environmental economics, labor economics, and governmental economics). The E&M major with emphasis in economics is suitable for those interested in public policy work, while the combined major in mathematics and economics prepares students for graduate school in economics or for careers as actuaries or operations researchers.

Human Resources

E&M and Albion's Psychological Science Department each offer courses for students who wish to learn about the human relations aspects of management. E&M courses include managing people and organizations; women in business and leadership; labor law, unions, and management; labor economics; human resource management; management; and negotiation and dispute resolution. Relevant psychology courses include industrial and organizational psychology and social psychology.

International Business and International Economics

The E&M major with emphasis in international business and international economics provides a focused group of courses designed to prepare students for a world in which global concerns are becoming more important because of falling transportation and communication costs and falling governmental barriers to international trade and investment. Students select from relevant courses in E&M, such as International Management, The Chinese Economy, The Japanese Economy, International Finance, and International Trade. They also take at least one international course outside of E&M and complete an off-campus study program in a foreign country or an internship in a foreign country.

Economics and Management

What you’ll study.

Analyze. Decide. Lead. All within the most popular major on campus—one that teaches applied problem-solving techniques and their conceptual basis. You'll get more. More economic theory and more courses related to business than is typical in undergraduate programs. All rounded out by a strong liberal arts foundation. Majors and minors.

What you’ll do.

Choose an eight-course major or a more intensive ten-course major with an emphasis, then test your interest in the field. Recent internships include Goldman Sachs, NorthPointe Capital; Lawrence, Evans & Co. Investment Bank; Ernst & Young; Baird Investment Bank; Rehmann and Robson Accounting; Hartline Investment Company; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Quicken Loans; Pfizer; and Heitman Real Estate Investment. Areas of emphasis.

Where you’ll go.

The close ties you'll make with our faculty and our extensive alumni base will prepare and connect you for your future. Our graduates generally go on to careers in business, law, or government. Many attend M.B.A. programs and other professional or graduate schools. Career paths.

Student Activities

Economics and Management

Accounting Society

2014Banquet270x220

Every fall, the Accounting Society co-hosts a career fair, at which students can meet representatives of firms interested in hiring Albion graduates or interns for jobs in public or corporate accounting. This group arranges student trips to visit businesses and CPA firms, sponsors professional workshops and speakers, facilitates information-sharing among students about academic and career planning, and provides professional networking opportunities at an annual spring banquet attended by many alumni.

Delta Sigma Pi

Albion's chapter of this co-ed business fraternity does volunteer work and provides networking opportunities.

Fed Challenge

FedChallenge203x165

The Fed Challenge is a competition in macroeconomic policy sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank system. Teams of undergraduates from many schools each deliver a 20-minute presentation analyzing the economy and financial markets and making a monetary policy recommendation. Then, each team defends its presentation during 15 minutes of questioning by the economics professors who serve as judges. In November 2011, the Albion team won the regional competition in Chicago, surpassing teams from larger schools such as the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and headed to Washington D.C. for the National competition.

Economics and Management Investment Club

InvestmentClub203x165

Students manage an investment portfolio, buying and selling real stocks. Profits are used to fund a scholarship for E&M majors. Investment Club members take an annual trip to Chicago to meet Albion alumni working in finance.

Omicron Delta Epsilon

ODE 203x165

This honorary organization recognizes scholastic attainment and outstanding achievements in economics.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

incometax

Albion College student volunteers are trained by E&M accounting faculty to prepare income tax returns for low-income residents of the city of Albion and nearby communities. Students prepare over 200 returns each year—helping the community and gaining valuable experience working on actual tax returns.

Recent Economics and Management Alumni

Sumedha Makker, '11Sumedha Makker, '11

Sumedha completed the economics and management major with emphasis in accounting and the Gerstacker Institute concentration. She worked as a research assistant to E&M professor Vicki Baker and co-presented their results at a national conference in San Diego. Sumedha had an internship with Ernst & Young in auditing and with Dow Corning in corporate accounting. After graduation, she pursued her CPA license while working for Ernst & Young.

 

Ryan Arey, '11Ryan Arey, '11

Ryan, a management minor, notes, "Albion College helped me obtain two great internship placements." Her first internship involved event/wedding planning and marketing at a large hotel in Philadelphia, and the second, in Albion College's Institutional Advancement Office, focused on using social media to reach out to younger alumni. One year after graduating from Albion, Ryan obtained her master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Sean Thornton, '10Sean Thornton, '10

Sean majored in economics and management and also participated in Albion's Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. His senior honors thesis focused on the modern music industry. "I wrote, arranged, recorded, and marketed a musical album via the Internet, gaining a fan base that stretched over 12 countries." In the process, Sean learned about entrepreneurship, sales, and networking. He is now working as a global manager for HelmsBriscoe in the hospitality industry.

 

Albion College alumnus David Manger, '08David Manger, '08

David majored in economics and management and completed the Gerstacker Institute concentration. While an undergraduate, David served as a student representative on the Investment Committee of the Albion College Board of Trustees. After graduation, he worked as an equity analyst for Morningstar, providing research opinions on individual stocks. Now an analyst at AMI Investment Management, David is a Level III candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst Program.

 

Emily McLaughlin, '11Emily McLaughlin, '11

Emily majored in economics and management and psychology. Active with the Investment Club, she interned with NorthPointe Capital, a domestic-equity money management firm. After graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors, Emily now works as an associate analyst at the New York investment firm Stifel Nicolaus, where she provides research coverage of energy stocks. She is a Level II candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst Program.

 

Thomas Worden, '12Thomas Worden, '12

Thomas participated in 2012 Commencement and in December will complete his economics and management major with an emphasis in finance. He interned at Lawrence, Evans & Co., an investment bank. A participant in the Macroeconomics Club, he also was captain of Albion's Fed Challenge team that won the Midwest regional competition and advanced to the national finals in Washington, D.C., where the group presented to Federal Reserve economists.

Students

If applicable; not all sites need a students page.

 

Student Organizations

 

Student Profiles

 

Contact Us

The Albion College Department of Economics and Management is located on the first floor of Robinson Hall. Contact the department at 517/629-0419 or through the form below.

Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
  

Faculty and Staff

Department of Economics and Management

Teaching and mentoring students is the first priority for Albion's Economics and Management faculty. Because of Albion's small class sizes, we get to know our students well.

Recent scholarly research by faculty addresses such topics as fighting botnets with economic uncertainty, ethical reasoning in management decision making, networking to develop a professional identity, equity market liberalization, cost-effectiveness of video conferencing to diagnose stroke patients in rural areas, and decision making principles of labor arbitrators in employment grievance cases.

Two Albion E&M professors have received prestigious fellowships from the National Science Foundation, and two have received Fulbright grants.

Gregory M. Saltzman, Professor

Gregory M. Saltzman

Professor
Department Chair

Email:
Office: Robinson 101
Phone: 517/629-0422
Web: campus.albion.edu/gsaltzman

S.B., 1976, S.M., 1976, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Junior year, 1974-75, London School of Economics
M.A., 1978, Ph.D., 1982, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Appointed 1986

Scholarship: Union-management relations, labor and employment law, labor arbitration, health insurance, occupational safety and health, health care cost-effectiveness. Articles in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Transportation Journal, Neurology, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and elsewhere. Chapters in scholarly books, including a National Bureau of Economic Research conference volume. Scholarly book: Truck Driver Occupational Safety and Health.

Courses: Principles of Microeconomics; Issues in Modern Political Economy; Labor Law, Unions, and Management; Labor Economics; Human Resource Management; Health Economics; Negotiation and Dispute Resolution; Health Policy in the U.S. and Canada; Economics, Politics, and Environmental Policy.

Vicki L. Baker

Vicki L. Baker

Professor

Email:
Office: Robinson 111
Phone: 517/629-0238

B.S., 1999, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.B.A., 2001, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
M.S, and Ph.D., 2007, Pennsylvania State University
Appointed 2007

Scholarship: Development of professional identity and professional networks among doctoral students in business, education, and engineering. Moral disengagement and ethical decision making in business. Articles published in Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education, and elsewhere; chapters in scholarly books.

Courses: Managing People and Organizations, Human Resource Management, Women in Business and Leadership, Management, Lessons Learned at "The Office," Management Consulting, International Management.

Advisor: Delta Sigma Pi fraternity

John B. Bedient, Associate Professor

John B. Bedient

Associate Professor

Email:
Office: Robinson 118
Phone: 517/629-0343

B.A., 1975, Alma College
M.B.A., 1978, Indiana University
CPA, 1977
Appointed 1985

Courses: Financial Accounting, Managerial Cost Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I and II, Auditing, Accounting Information Systems, Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting, Marketing Principles and Decision-Making, Business Functions, Management, Financial Modeling with Excel

Advisor: VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance); Site Coordinator, Accounting Society.

John Carlson, Assistant Professor

John Carlson

Assistant Professor

Email:
Office: Robinson 112
Phone: 517/629-0424

B.S., 1979, Ball State University
CPA, 1982
C.M.A., 1984
M.B.A., 1999, University of Cincinnati
Ph.D., 2012, University of Cincinnati
Appointed 2012

Courses: Financial Accounting, Managerial Cost Accounting, Intermediate Accounting II, Selected Topics: Business Combinations and Federal Income Taxation.

Advisor: American Institute of CPA's (AICPA), 2012 Accounting Competition, Team Albion, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance); Site Coordinator, Accounting Society.

Mark Garrison, Adjunct Instructor

Mark Garrison

Adjunct Instructor

Email:
Office: Robinson 114
Phone: 517/629-0419 & 517/629-0484

B.A., 1971, Albion College
J.D., 1974, University of Detroit
Appointed 1986

Courses: Business Law

Jon A. Hooks, Professor

Jon A. Hooks

Professor

Email:
Office: Robinson 103
Phone: 517/629-0530
Web: campus.albion.edu/jonhooks/

B.S., 1984, Cameron University
M.A., 1985, University of Texas at Dallas
M.A., 1987, Ph.D., 1989, Michigan State University
C.F.A., 2000
Appointed 1989

Scholarship: Articles on mutual fund returns, asset allocation, and the stock market in Journal of Business Research and elsewhere. Author of a textbook, Economics: Foundations for Financial Services Providers.

Courses: Principles of Microeconomics, The Economy and Financial Markets, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Government Economics and Policy, Money and Banking, Portfolio Theory, Financial Management, Financial Markets.

Advisor: 2012 Fed Challenge Team, Investment Club, ODE-Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honors Society in Economics

Daniel Jaqua, Assistant Professor

Daniel Jaqua

Assistant Professor

Email:
Office: Robinson 116
Phone: 517/629-0423

B.A., 2007, Rice University
B.S., 2007 Rice University
Ph.D., 2015, University of Michigan
Appointed 2015

Courses: Principles of Microeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Economic Statistics, Econometrics.

Zhen Li, Professor

Zhen Li

Professor

Email:
Office: Robinson 102
Phone: 517/629-0490

B.S., Peking University, 1996
M.A., Princeton University, 1999
Ph.D., Princeton University, 2004
Appointed 2004

Scholarship: Economics of computer networks and computer security, equity market liberalization and economic development. Articles in Journal of Security and Communication Networks and in Journal of Economic Development; papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings; chapter in scholarly book.

Courses: Principles of Microeconomics, The Economy and Financial Markets, Intermediate Macroeconomics, The Chinese Economy, International Finance, International Trade.

James McCarley, Adjunct Professor, Professor Emeritus

James McCarley

Adjunct Professor, Professor Emeritus

Email:
Phone: 517/629-0444
Office: Robinson 104

B.S., 1960 Bowling Green University
M.A., 1962, Ph.D., 1970 Michigan State University
Appointed 1965

Courses: Principles of Microeconomics.

 
Joy Nakfoor, Professor

Joy Nakfoor

Visiting Instructor

Email:
Office: Robinson 113
Phone: 517/629-0462

M.B.A., 2005, Michigan State University
M.I.M., 2006, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Appointed 2013

Courses: Managing People and Organizations, Marketing Principles and Decision Making, Supply Chain Management, Women In Business, Issues in Business and Leadership, International Management and the International Entrepreneurial Exchange- with France, Business-General Business of Service Marketing.

Advisor: Chaperone and Instructor for the Gerstacker Institute's trip to France for the International Entrepreneurial Exchange program with Sup de V.

Renée Harlow, Department Secretary

Renée Harlow

Department Secretary

Email:
Office: Robinson 109
Phone: 517/629-0419

B.A., 2012, Albion College

 

Faculty Emeriti

Daniel S. ChristiansenDaniel S. Christiansen, Professor Emeritus / Email:

 

Smith-Gaylord-100  Gaylord Smith, Professor Emeritus / Email:

Larry SteinhauerLarry Steinhauer, Professor Emeritus / Email:

Maurice Branch - Feb. 23, 2014: Professor Branch Passes Away

Scott Cracraft

Contact Us

Economics and Management Department
Albion College
Robinson Hall
611 East Porter St.
Albion, MI 49224

Office: 517/629-0419
Fax: 517/629-0428
Email:
Web form

International Education (2)

Albion College is committed to providing students with international learning experiences, and it’s important that our future teachers understand their profession on a global scale. The Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development offers students two different opportunities to study abroad, both of which involve a comparative education inquiry project.

Top Five Learning Goals of International Education for Teachers

  1. Learn how to critically analyze and contextualize the American educational experience.

  2. Gain awareness of personal cultural experiences and values through conversations with host families.

  3. Increase cultural competence by living with a host family and participating in a practicum in a foreign educational setting.

  4. Enhance instructional skills (lesson planning and communication) by teaching lessons in literature, English conversation, and American culture.

  5. Understand the scope of diversity, the influences of globalization, the challenges presented when bridging cultures, and the benefits of creating international opportunities for teaching and learning.
  6.  

20140516 074634Noisy-le-Roi, France

In this course, students will travel to Noisy-le-Roi for two weeks in January where they will live with a host family, visit French schools, and interact with students, faculty, and staff. Upon returning to the U.S., they will present their findings and experience to public school students and to Albion College peers, faculty, and staff during the Capstone Symposium on Teaching.

Heredia, Costa Rica

Students travel to Heredia, Costa Rica for four weeks where they will live with a host family, visit Costa Rican cultural sites, particpate in classes at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica with Costa Rican peers studying to be teachers, and interact with children, youth, faculty, and staff at Pará School. Focused specifically on teaching English as a foreign language, students will develop an inquiry topic, teach a unit plan, and give a presentation on material culture to frame and focus the practicum. Upon returning to the U.S., they will present their findings and experience to public school students and to Albion College peers, faculty, and staff during the Capstone Symposium on Teaching. Read more!

International Education

Albion College is committed to providing students with international learning experiences, and it’s important that our future teachers understand their profession on a global scale. The Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development offers students two different opportunities to study abroad, both of which involve a comparative education inquiry project.

Top Five Learning Goals of International Education for Teachers

  1. Learn how to critically analyze and contextualize the American educational experience.

  2. Gain awareness of personal cultural experiences and values through conversations with host families.

  3. Increase cultural competence by living with a host family and participating in a practicum in a foreign educational setting.

  4. Enhance instructional skills (lesson planning and communication) by teaching lessons in literature, English conversation, and American culture.

  5. Understand the scope of diversity, the influences of globalization, the challenges presented when bridging cultures, and the benefits of creating international opportunities for teaching and learning.
  6.  

20140516 074634Noisy-le-Roi, France

In this course, students will travel to Noisy-le-Roi for two weeks in January where they will live with a host family, visit French schools, and interact with students, faculty, and staff. Upon returning to the U.S., they will present their findings and experience to public school students and to Albion College peers, faculty, and staff during the Capstone Symposium on Teaching.

Heredia, Costa Rica

Students travel to Heredia, Costa Rica for four weeks where they will live with a host family, visit Costa Rican cultural sites, particpate in classes at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica with Costa Rican peers studying to be teachers, and interact with children, youth, faculty, and staff at Pará School. Focused specifically on teaching English as a foreign language, students will develop an inquiry topic, teach a unit plan, and give a presentation on material culture to frame and focus the practicum. Upon returning to the U.S., they will present their findings and experience to public school students and to Albion College peers, faculty, and staff during the Capstone Symposium on Teaching. Read more!

Maymester

The Maymester Boundary Crossing experience allows Albion College education students their first hands-on opportunity to live the day of a teacher.

During the spring term, junior-year students, all of whom have been admitted into the Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Education, teach their units over a three-week Maymester period. Students are able to apply theory, research, and pedagogical knowledge that they learned during their seminar to the real world.

They engage in thematic unit planning in Boundary Crossings in Elementary/Secondary Schools (EDUC 396/7). The purpose is to support children and youth as they:

  • Consider their own ideas, and those of others
  • Reflect on their experiences
  • Value a shared understanding of how the world works

At the end of May, students display and discuss a portfolio of their work in an open-to-the-public Maymester Showcase in the Science Complex Atrium.

In the end, student teachers incorporate multiple sources of feedback on the unit, enhancing their abilities of critical reflection. This comprehensive process focuses clearly on developing prospective teachers’ strategies for learning how to learn.

Read more about Maymester

Meet Karen Hoaglin

hoaglin-karen 3
Karen Hoaglin

Q&A with Karen Hoaglin

Shurmur Center students gain real-world advantages by…

"Gaining access to working with current professional educators. Students are given the opportunity to manage budgets, plan and coordinate field trips, teach in classrooms, and visit international educational facilities."

Karen’s Best Advice

"Take advantage of the many different opportunities you will have to interact with youth and professional educators. Always be ready to reach out, to listen and to learn from others, and trust that process."

Some of our most memorable moments are...

"Celebrating a student teacher's accomplishments with faculty and family members at the Capstone reception hosted each semester. This serves as the culminating event of their teacher education program."

The Shurmur Center is unique because...

"We provide a richer quality of academic and professional experiences for future teachers. School administrators actively seek to employ Albion alumni, every semester, because of this."

We look for students that are…

"Thoughtful and open, and curious and critical thinkers that are engaged by different viewpoints and positions. Students should be interested in serving as child and youth advocates for a more fair, equitable, and democratic society. It's also important that our future teachers are morally and ethically grounded in the way they work with diverse children, youth, peers, and professionals."

About Fritz Shurmur

Joe and Fritz Shurmur in 1961

A football coach for nearly half a century, and considered a defensive mastermind in the National Football League, Fritz Shurmur began his professional career in 1954 as a graduate assistant under Albion College Britons coach Morley Fraser. After receiving a master's degree in education administration at Albion in 1956, Fritz stayed on as a defensive coordinator. (At right: Joe and Fritz Shurmur in 1961.)

Fritz then coached at the University of Wyoming for 12 years. From there, his career led him to the NFL and included stints with Detroit, New England, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Green Bay. In each of his NFL stops, Shurmur-led defenses ranked at or near the top of the defensive rankings. While at Green Bay (below right), he earned his first Super Bowl ring when the Packers defeated the New England Patriots in 1997. Fritz also was the author of four books on coaching team defense.

Fritz Shurmur with the Green Bay Packers

Fritz was among the charter members of Albion's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. An All-MIAA performer in both football and baseball, he excelled in football and was captain of the 1953 team, voted the MIAA Most Valuable Player and received Little All-America honors. He was also president of his senior class and a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

In recognition of his career accomplishments, Fritz received an honorary doctor of pedagogy degree from Albion in 1997.

Fritz joined the Seattle Seahawks as defensive coordinator, while maintaining his residence near Green Bay. He passed away Aug. 30, 1999 and is survived by his wife Peggy, their three children and their families.

 

Education Department Electronic Teaching Portfolios

All Albion College education students construct an electronic portfolio demonstrating their professional knowledge, skills, and growth. We invite you to visit their portfolios by following the link:

Kyle Henry, '12: Student-teaching across the Atlantic

Albion College student Kyle Henry, '12Kyle Henry, ’12

Almont, Michigan

Gaining an international classroom perspective

Major: English
Minor: Political Science

Shurmur Center for Teacher Development, Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Sigma Tau Delta honorary English fraternity, Order of Omega, Detroit Free Press intern

"For a young man who had never left the country before, learning about the differences in educational systems between the United States and France was certainly an incentive to go abroad. Not only did I immerse myself in the learning approaches to French adolescents and the educational culture, I learned a lot about how I perceive myself as a secondary teacher in the United States. Using my experiences from France as well as those from Albion, I have become more confident in my own approaches to helping young students grow as free-thinking individuals."

Jason Moritz

Jason MoritzCertification Officer

212 Olin

517/629-0228

Jason Moritz was born in Davenport, Iowa, and attended K-12 public schools in nearby Bettendorf until moving to the Chicago area in 1988 to attend Northwestern University (BA, economics and geography, 1992). After returning to the Quad Cities to work as an economic development planner at the Bi-State Regional Commission in Rock Island, Illinois, he returned to school at the University of Iowa (MA, geography, and secondary social studies teaching certification, 1998). While at Iowa, he co-wrote an article with Dr. Paul Robbins entitled "Resourceful People and People's Resources: Teaching the Cultural Ecology of South Asia" published in the Fall 1999 issue of Education About Asia. He was also a graduate teaching assistant for contemporary environmental issues and human geography courses.

Jason moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and for two years taught 7th grade world history and geography at Audubon Middle School in the Crenshaw District. He left middle school teaching to attend UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (MLIS, information studies, 2002). After graduating from UCLA, he worked as an archivist for both Universal Studios and DreamWorks SKG and as a substitute reference librarian at the Glendale (California) Public Library. He also taught physical geography courses at Los Angeles City and Pierce Colleges. Jason and his wife Melanie moved to Jackson, Michigan, in the summer of 2007. They enjoy traveling, reading, gardening, and watching movies together.

Education Department Student Showcase: Carmen Feeny, Spring 2005

Carmen Feeny ('06) recently visited an elementary school in Rarotonga, Cook Islands to study teaching and learning on a small island.  Her findings were presented at the Elkin Isaac Honors Symposium.

CarmenFeeny1
Carmen teaching students at Te Uki Ou Elementary School, Rarotonga, Cook Islands about The Legend of Sleeping Bear, an old Ojibwa folk tale
CarmenFeeny2
Carmen (top left), her host teacher, and her students from Te Uki Ou.

More Articles ...